Mar 2022

UBC Department of Medicine Researchers Awarded over $4.4M in CIHR Fall 2021 Project Grant Competition


UBC Department of Medicine Researchers Awarded over $4.4M in CIHR Fall 2021 Project Grant Competition

The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related fundamental or applied knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes.

It supports projects or programs of research proposed and conducted by individual researchers or groups of researchers in all areas of health. The Project Grants: Fall 2021 competition has approved 417 research grants for a total investment of approximately $325M.

UBC Department of Medicine researchers have been awarded $4.4M for 9 projects at the university and its affiliated health authority research centres through the Project Grant: Fall 2021 Competition from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).





Principal Investigator(s): Sean Barbour and Mark Canney (Division of Nephrology), and Chris Fordyce (Division of Cardiology) – $236,385 (3 years)
Improving cardiovascular risk prediction in patients with glomerular disease



Principal Investigator: Gordon Francis (Division of Endocrinology) – $674,605 (5 years)
The importance of smooth muscle foam cells in atherosclerosis development and treatment






Principal Investigator(s): Mypinder Sekhon (Division of Critical Care Medicine) and Ryan Hoiland (Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, & Therapeutics) – $321,300 (4 years)
Impact of blood transfusion on cerebral blood flow regulation in experimental and pathological brain hypoxia in humans.




Principal Investigator: John Staples (Division of General Internal Medicine) – $336,600 (4 years)
Schizophrenia treatment adherence and driver responsibility for motor vehicle crash




Principal Investigator(s): Lianping Ti and Seonaid Nolan (Division of Social Medicine) – $447,525 (3 years)
Opioid tapering: Identifying optimal strategies to reduce adverse events among adults on long-term opioid therapy




Principal Investigator: Teresa Tsang (Division of Cardiology) – $581,401 (3 years)
Using Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Imaging to Improve Stroke Risk Assessment and Management








Please visit CIHR for a full list of Project Grant Recipients and a full list of Institute Priority Announcement Grant Recipients.

Congratulations to all on this wonderful achievement!