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Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)—Funding highlights

November 16, 2023

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) fund some of Canada’s most impactful research. UVic researchers are at the forefront of that work, and are recognized for their innovative, rigorous contributions to health research and health care across the country.

Some notable successes in a variety of CIHR programs over the past year include:

Kelli Stajduhar, “Supporting Vulnerable and Marginalized Older Adults to be Cared for and to Die at 'Home,'” $1.3M

As well, Dr. Stajduhar received the Barer-Flood Prize, which recognizes and supports the research excellence of Canadian senior-career investigators. This award of $25,000, intended to support research or knowledge mobilization, is given to a highly ranked senior-career investigator whose grant application is relevant to the mandate of the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research.

Leigh Anne Swayne, “Targeting pannexin 1 to tune dendritic spine stability,” $902,700 (2023) and $100,000 (2022)

Mohsen Akbari, “Towards commercialization of GelDerm-a smart dressing for continuous wound monitoring,” $332,776

Heather Castleden, Nicole Bates-Eamer, Maya Gislason, Dawn Hoogeveen, Simrat Kang, Diana Lewis, Jeff Masuda, Sarah Wiebe, ”Catalyzing Intersectoral Collaborations on the Intersectional Public Health Impacts of Climate Displacement: Insights from British Columbia and Beyond,” $124,821

Hector Caruncho, “Reelin, sex, depression, and development of a novel pharmacotherapy and biomarkers,” $100,000

Theone Paterson and Kristina Gicas, “The Cognitive Profile of COVID-19: Longitudinal Neuropsychological Outcomes Following Infection,” $100,000

Nathan Lachowsky, Ivan Leonce, E Jean Buckler, G Alex Wells, “A Community-Based Mixed Methods Study on the Health Benefits and Barriers for Participation in 2SLGBTQI-Specific Recreational Sports for 2SLGBTQI+ Youth in Canada,” $100,000

Matthew Little, “Mobilizing knowledge on food security, country foods, and climate change in Qikiqtarjuaq, NU,” $25,000

Karen Courtney, “Planning Digital Health Anatomic Inventories for Individualized Inclusive Care,” $19,998

Joshua Giles, “A patient-oriented research approach to studying sex differences in the prosthetic needs and priorities of lower limb amputees,” $25,000


Cafés Scientifiques

Jae-Yung Kwon, Nancy Clark, “Sharing best strategies for inclusion of mental health patients and families in research,” $8,000

Jodie Gawryluk, Marie-Ève Tremblay, “Forever Young: Brain Health and Aging,” $6,000

Allie Slemon, “Advancing antiracism in nursing education: Knowledge mobilization of emerging evidence and strategies,” $5996

As well, UVic can celebrate one Undergraduate Student Research Award, six Master’s Awards in the Canada Graduate Scholarship program and three Doctoral Research Awards in the Canada Graduate Scholarship program.