McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Newsmagazine — Volume 9, Issue 3, Fall 2015
Funding accelerates innovative research
Over the past several months, researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) have been successful in attracting major funding to advance important research in a number of key areas. Some of these grants include:
- $37.2 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to 22 FHS researchers to support research ranging from a better understanding of how to combat bacteria to improving critical care, and from studying cardiovascular issues around the world to examining the relationship between the gut and the brain.
- $4.1 million from the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada to study better ways to support victims of family violence. The study is being co-led by McMaster professor Harriet MacMillan.
- $1.8 million from the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit to McMaster researcher P.J. Devereaux to study the impact of accelerated surgical care for hip fractures.
- $5.3 million in ongoing funding through to March 2020 from the Public Health Agency of Canada for the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools, hosted by McMaster.
- Nearly $1.2 million in infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation's John R. Evans Leadership Fund, for five research projects, including: $400,000 for the establishment of an Origins of Life Laboratory involving researchers Yingfu Li, Maikel Rheinstädter and Ralph Pudritz. Other FHS researchers awarded funding were Jonathan Bramson, Gerry Wright, Lesley MacNeil and Andrew McArthur.
- A significant boost from the Ontario Research Fund (ORF), including more than $3.5 million for research into antimicrobial resistance undertaken by the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and more than $3.5 million to McMaster's Biointerfaces Institute for a project to provide instant diagnosis of infectious disease, deadly pathogens and environmental contaminants. The ORF also supported a $140,000 Early Researcher Award for Jonathan Schertzer, an assistant professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences, to study how bacteria in the gut links obesity, diabetes and fighting infections. Nearly $80,000 was awarded under its Small Research Infrastructure category to support human colon function assessment, led by Jan Huizinga, a professor of medicine.
- Up to $3.5 million from the Movember Foundation and Prostate Cancer Canada to McMaster researcher Jehonathan Pinthus to address the potential link between androgen deprivation therapy — an important and common treatment for prostate cancer — and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
- A Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team Grant of $1.2 million to McMaster's Charu Kaushic to study the mucosal immune response to HIV.