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Sunnybrook researchers awarded $4M in CIHR Fall 2023 Project Grants competition

February 5, 2024

Researchers at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) have been awarded over $4M in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fall 2023 Project Grants competition. Nine projects and 24 per cent of SRI projects were funded in the round. The purpose of the CIHR Project Grant Program is 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.” In total, the Fall competition approved 374 grants and 6 bridge grants nationally, for a total investment of $325M.

Congratulations to all of the successful SRI-led projects:

Project: Rapid Diagnostic Imaging of Brain Metastases using Computational MRI
Principal investigator:
Dr. Mark Chiew
Sunnybrook co-investigators: Dr. Chris Heyn, Dr. Arjun Sahgal
Funding: $100,000 over 1 year

Project: Deep Brain Stimulation for PTSD: Development of personalized treatment and predictors of response
Principal investigator:
Dr. Clement Hamani
Sunnybrook co-investigators: Dr. Peter Giacobbe, Dr. Sean Nestor, Dr. Nir Lipsman, Dr. Jennifer Rabin, Dr. Maged Goubran, Dr. Agessandro Abrahao
Funding: $1,093,950 over 5 years

Project: Investigating the genomic epidemiology, transmission, and infectivity of the non-influenza respiratory viruses
Principal investigator:
Dr. Robert Kozak
Sunnybrook co-investigators: Dr. Kevin Katz, Dr. Jerome Leis
Funding: $100,000 over 1 year

Project: Novel markers for tracking early treatment response to rTMS in major depressive disorder
Principal investigators: 
Dr. Jennifer Rabin, Dr. Peter Giacobbe
Sunnybrook co-investigators: 
Dr. Sean Nestor, Dr. Nir Lipsman, Dr. Yana Yunusova
$436,050 over 5 years

Project: Delineating the function of adult Mesenchymal Progenitor cells in tendon regeneration and renewal
Principal investigator:
Dr. Wilder Scott
Funding: $100,000 over 1 year

Project: Understanding the association between community-level factors and suicide in Ontario
Principal investigators: 
Dr. Mark Sinyor, Dr. Ayal Schaffer
Sunnybrook co-investigators: Dr. Rosalie Steinberg, Dr. Rachel Mitchell
$263,925 over 3 years

Project: Imaging metrics of neuronal stochasticity and brain resilience
Principal investigators:
Dr. Bojana Stefanovic, Dr. Joanne McLaurin
Funding: $975,375 over 5 years

Project: Studies on the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy
Principal investigator:
Dr. Jonathan Zipursky
Sunnybrook co-investigators: Dr. David Juurlink, Dr. Peter Austin
Funding: $306,001 over 3 years

Project: Notch signaling in the generation of mature naïve conventional and regulatory T cells
Principal investigator:
Dr. Juan Carlos Zúñiga-Pflücker
Funding: $1,002,150 over 5 years