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Recent Grant Successes

April 2016

CIHR Operating Grant
Dr. Melissa Parker and colleagues from Medicine and Engineering have been awarded a CIHR Operating Grant - Collaborative Health Research Projects (NSERC partnered) for the project, "Point of Care Device for Rapid Quantification of Cell-Free DNA with Application in Severe Sepsis”. 2016-2019; Principal Investigators: Alison Fox-Robichaud, Ponnambalam R Selvaganapathy. $240,400.

CIHR DOHaD Research Grant
Dr. Stephanie Atkinson (PI), Dr. Isabel Fortier (PI) (McGill) and colleagues from across the country (including Dr. Gita Wahi) were awarded a CIHR Operating Grant: Canadian DOHaD Cohort Registry. This project entitled, “Research Advancement through Cohort Cataloguing and Harmonization (ReACH)” evolved from a partnership between the MICYRN and Maelstrom Research Group at McGill that brought together leaders of 26 pregnancy and birth cohorts that comprise more than 55,000 mother/infant pairs and 15,000 fathers who have been followed in observational studies from pregnancy through childhood. The ReACH initiative will develop metadata from all cohort studies to provide comprehensive web-based catalogue and harmonization platform to the Canadian research community that can then be employed to optimize the use of existing Canadian cohort data and samples, and leverage national and international DOHaD research collaborations.

CIHR Funding
Dr. Jan Willem Gorter
is a named investigator on the "CHILD-BRIGHT" SPOR Networks in Chronic Disease project on brain-based developmental disabilities (McGill lead), which has been approved for funding ($2M over 5 years). Dr. Gorter will be leading a five-year study on transition to adulthood RCT, a study building on the TRACE Study. The application was ranked 3rd of 17 full applications submitted, with 5 SPOR networks to be funded.

Ministry of Child and Youth Services Grant
Dr. Jan Willem Gorter (PI) with CanChild and members of the Department of Pediatrics (Drs. Peter Rosenbaum and Mark Ferro) and the School of Rehabilitation Science (Debra Stewart, Briano DiRezzi, Cheryl Missiuna, Wenonah Campbell, Carol DeMatteo), PhD candidates (Matt Freeman and Tram Nguyen) and colleagues in the Department of Psychiatry (Marc Woodbury-Smith) and Bloorview Research Institute (Gillian King) have received $15,000 in funding from Ontario's Ministry of Child and Youth Services for their project: Developmental trajectories of youth with disabilities: An expanded and refined knowledge synthesis (age 6-25 years of age).

March 2016

Hamilton Community Foundation Funding
The McMaster Children and Youth University program, founded by Dr. Sandy Raha, has received $10k in funding from the Hamilton Community Foundation, Edith Turner Foundation Fund for the 'MCYU in the City Scholars Program'.

February 2016

Canada Research Chair
Dr. Brian Timmons was awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Child Health and Exercise Medicine to chart a new course in pediatric exercise medicine and immunology. Tier 2 Chairs receive $100,000 annually for five years and are awarded to exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.

January 2016

CIHR Grant
Dr. M. Constantine Samaan (PI) has been awarded a CIHR meeting grant ($10,000) for a project entitled, "Creating a coalition to understand the role of inflammation in pediatric scoliosis."

International JPI Grant in Microbiome Research
Drs. Katherine Morrison with Eileen Hutton (Obstetrics and Gynecology) (Co-PIs), and Lehana Thabane, Jon Schertzer, Elyanne Ratcliffe, Alison Holloway and Helen MacDonald (Co-Is), with international partners were awarded three years of funding to study the intersection of gastrointestinal microbial communities, diet and health. Read more about the project on the MacObesity website.

CIHR Video Competition
Congratulations to Dr. Christine Wekerle and her team who won the CIHR Talks Video Competition 2015 for their video, "Maltreatment and Adolescent Pathways (MAP) research study." The competition profiled evidence and ideas within the IHDCYH's mandate to improve knowledge translation and help demonstrate the impact that evidence can and does have on maternal, reproductive, child and youth health in Canada.

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