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Sunnybrook researchers receive more than $5M from CIHR's Project Grant Program

September 23, 2020

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Seven research projects led by scientists from Sunnybrook Research Institute were awarded $5.3M in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant Spring 2020 competition.

“Congratulations to the research teams on their success,” says Dr. Kullervo Hynynen, Vice-President of Research and Innovation at Sunnybrook. “These results showcase Sunnybrook’s innovative and collaborative approach to health sciences research and continued leadership in the field. We’re grateful to CIHR for supporting these impactful projects.”

The Project Grant program supports “ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related fundamental or applied knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes”. CIHR received 2,130 grant applications for the Spring competition, of which 336 were funded, for a total investment of approximately $253M. Eighteen per cent of SRI applications were funded in the competition, beating the national average.

The following SRI-led projects were awarded CIHR Project Grants:

Examining the long-term illness experiences of injured older adults to select patient-driven outcome measures in geriatric trauma

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Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Dementia-Related Changes in the Human Brain - An Integrated Physiological, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Cognitive, and Genomic Study of Adult Ontarians

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Lithium for Fracture Treatment (LiFT)

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Investigating risk factors for cognitive impairment using precision neuropsychological and neuroimaging measures in a Canadian multi-ethnic cohort

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Prospective Evaluation of Breast-Conserving Surgery Alone in Low Risk Ductal Carcinoma in Situ Defined by a Molecular Expression Assay Combined with Clinico-Pathological Features

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Allegory-Based Literacy Empowering Youth to Overcome Unhappiness (ABLE YOU): A Stepped Wedge Trial of a Novel Intervention to Promote Coping and Prevent Suicide in Youth

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Rescuing Neurovascular Network Function with Transcranial Neuromodulation

  • Principal Investigators: Dr. Bojana Stefanovic, platform director of Physical Sciences and senior scientist in the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program and Dr. John Sled (SickKids Research Institute)
  • SRI Co-investigators: Dr. Joanne McLaurin, Dr. Paola Bazzigaluppi
  • Funding: $849,150 over 5 years

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