We are pleased to congratulate the BC Children's and BC Women's investigators who were awarded funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fall 2017 competitions. 

Our research community received more than $8 million in new grants and awards. BC Children's and BC Women's investigators obtained 10 of the 59 full Project Grants awarded to UBC.

Most of the investigators who were successful in these competitions benefited from the expertise of Dr. Dawn McArthur, Director, Research & Technology Development and the Research & Technology Development Office (RTDO) team. On behalf of BCCHR, we would like to thank the RTDO's Dr. Tamara English, Ms. Amber Hui, Ms. Rita Jekabsons, Ms. Meisan Brown-Lum and Ms. Marissa Gibbard for their commitment and support.

Congratulations to: 

Project Grant Recipients

Dr. Carolyn Brown – Healthy Starts – Project: “Role of XIST in human X-chromosome inactivation.” $963,900 / 5 years.

Dr. Hélène Côté – Project: "Placenta mitochondrial dysfunction and preterm birth." $1,239,300 / 5 years.

Dr. Francis Lynn – Childhood Diseases – Project: "Cell cycle regulation of human pancreatic endocrine cell development." $692,325 / 5 years.

Dr. Glen Tibbits – Childhood Diseases – Project: "Arrhythmogenic mutations in the neonate cardiac contractile element." $791,775 / 5 years. BCCHR Co-investigator: Dr. Shubhayan Sanatani.

Dr. Soren Gantt – Healthy Starts – Project: “Viral determinants of natural human cytomegalovirus transmission.” $1,143,675 / 5 years.

Dr. Jennifer Hutcheon – Healthy Starts – Project: “Short term benefits but long term harm? Assessing the consequences of antenatal corticosteroid administration for child neurodevelopment.” $221,850 / 3 years. BCCHR Co-investigator: Dr. Amanda Skoll.

Dr. William J. Panenka and Dr. Allen Thornton – Brain, Behaviour & Development – Project: “Characterization of Traumatic brain injury as a contributor to chronic neuropsychiatric and neurocognitive impairment in a marginally housed population.” $577,575 / 3 years. BCCHR Co-investigators: Dr. Alasdair Barr, Dr. William Honer and Dr. Alexander Rauscher.

Dr. Gregor Reid – Childhood Diseases – Project: “Identifying infection-induced determinants of paediatric acute lymphoblastic leukaemia progression.” $688,500 / 5 years. BCCHR Co-investigators: Dr. Soren Gantt and Dr. Pascal Lavoie.

Dr. Saraswathi Vedam – Evidence to Innovation – Project: “Giving Voice to Mothers; Measuring access to high quality, respectful maternity care in Canada.” $883,575 / 5 years. BCCHR Co-investigators: Dr. Hamideh Bayrampour, Dr. Wendy Hall, Dr. Patricia Janssen and Dr. Wendy V. Norman.

Dr. Paul Yong and Dr. Mohamed Ali Bedaiwy – Healthy Starts – Project: “Sexual pain in endometriosis: role of somatic mutations and local neurogenesis.” $976,904 / 4 years. BCCHR Co-investigators: Dr. Anna Lee and Dr. Sarka Lisonkova.

Bridge Grant Recipients

Dr. Bruce Verchere – Childhood Diseases – Project: “Islet macrophages: regulators of beta cell function in health and diabetes.” $100,000 / 1 year.

Dr. Cheryl Wellington –Brain, Behaviour & Development – Project: “Precision Fluid Biomarkers of Traumatic Brain Injury.” $100,000 / 1 year. BCCHR Co-investigators: Dr. Sara Mostafavi and Dr. William J. Panenka.

Dr. David Wilson – Evidence to Innovation – Project: “Development, assessment and application of a new method for characterizing degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis in the symptomatic upright posture.” $100,000 / 1 year.