CIHR funding tops $8 million for Western University health research

Research that will expand our knowledge about cancer, pancreatic disease, hearing loss, and embryo health are among 13 research projects at Western University to receive over eight million dollars in operating funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Two grants, each worth more than $1 million dollars, will go to research projects at Western’s Brain and Mind Institute. The funding allows Adrian Owen to continue his ground-breaking research on patients in a vegetative state, and Stephen Lomber to further his work on hearing loss and brain plasticity.

The Western projects are primarily at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. In total, the CIHR awarded 453 grants across the country totalling $238 million dollars over six years. It was a highly competitive process with nearly 23 hundred submissions.

Western’s recipients are:

  • Greta Bauer (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) $323,834 over 4 years to investigate ways to account for biological sex and social gender in population health studies
  • Sean Cregan (Robarts Research Institute) $715,269 over 5 yrs. to study oxidative stress and neurodegenerative disorders
  • Jody Culham (Psychology) $641,710 over 5 yrs. to study brain areas and hand movement
  • Paula Foster (Robarts Research Institute) $381,453 over 3 yrs. to study breast cancer metastasis
  • Mansour Haeryfar (Microbiology and Immunology) $895,740 over 5 yrs. To study T cells and cancer
  • Richard Kim (Medicine, Physiology and Pharmacology, Oncology) $737,601 over 5yrs. to study how drugs are cleared by the liver
  • Dale Laird  (Anatomy and Cell Biology, Physiology and Pharmacology) $712,744 over 5 yrs. to study pannexins and their role in skin, skeleton health
  • Lorelei Lingard (Medicine) $134,404 over 2 yrs. to study school based health support for children with disabilities or chronic conditions
  • Stephen Lomber (Physiology and Pharmacology, Psychology)$1,015,854 over 5 yrs. to study hearing loss and brain plasticity
  • Adrian Owen (Psychology, Physiology and Pharmacology) $1,031,710 over 5 yrs. to further his studies on vegetative states
  • Christopher Pin (Paediatrics, Physiology and Pharmacology) $654,280 over 5yrs. to study pancreatic disease
  • Sisira Sarma (Epidemiology and Biostatistics)-$467,529 over 4yrs. to study primary care reforms and patient outcomes
  • Andrew Watson (Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Physiology and Pharmacology) $631,825 over 5 yrs. To study embryo health and assisted reproductive technologies

Three other faculty members: Amit Garg, Robert Petrella, and Keith St. Lawrence were also successful, with their funding going through London Health Sciences Centre.

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Media Contact: Kathy Wallis, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, 519-661-2111 ext. 81136, cell: 519-777-1573,