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Improving outcomes

$2.8 million in new federal funding for health-related studies

By Jeff Green

A federal investment of nearly $3 million will advance important health-related studies led by Memorial researchers.

Six researchers are receiving a total of $2,858,375 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to enhance the research capacity in areas including cancer therapies, genetics, hepatitis B and rural health care. Four of the researchers are receiving funding over five years, while two are receiving one-time funding.

“The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is a strategic partner of our university,” said President Gary Kachanoski.

“Through this significant federal investment, Memorial researchers will continue to lead groundbreaking innovative health studies, which will benefit all Canadians. I am grateful to the Government of Canada for its ongoing support of Memorial-led research studies.”

The six researchers are featured in the photo essay below.

‘Advance our understanding’

“Memorial is recognized internationally for significant medical discoveries and life sciences research,” said Dr. Ray Gosine, vice-president (research) pro tempore.

“The Canadian Institutes of Health Research funding is allowing Memorial health-science researchers and their teams to undertake research toward new clinical therapies, investigate novel disease treatments, examine health policy issues and advance our understanding of critical health-related issues. I congratulate the researchers and wish them well in their studies.”

‘Dedicated to transforming health care’

“Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine plays a vital role in ensuring that we address the health of our people and communities,” noted Dr. Margaret Steele, dean Faculty of Medicine.

“Our researchers are dedicated to transforming health care for a healthier Newfoundland and Labrador through world-class research and the projects funded through these CIHR grants are a great example of that.”

The CIHR announced the latest results of its Project Grant and Bridge Grant programs on May 16. The Project Grant Program supports researchers at any career stage to build and conduct health-related research and knowledge translation projects. The Bridge Grant Program provides funding to researchers, enabling them to apply to subsequent competitions.

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