Pictured: Dr. Christoph Birkl (left) celebrates with supervisor and Principal Investigator Dr. Alex Rauscher (right) from Innsbruck, Austria. Image source: Dr. Alex Rauscher.

Congratulations to our members who recently received Project Grants from the Canadian Insitutes of Health Research (CIHR). CIHR Project Grants support research projects with a defined endpoint, allowing researchers to pursue innovative, high-risk research questions with potential to improve health outcomes in Canada.

Nine projects led by investigators at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health received a combined total of $5,715,377 in CIHR project grants for brain health research in the Spring 2019 competition.

  • Dr. Lara Boyd, Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, received funding for her project, Individualized pathways to recovery after stroke.
  • Dr. Mark Cembrowski, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, who joined UBC late last year, was awarded funds for his project, Elucidating and disrupting the neural substrates of fear memory.
  • Dr. Thalia Field, Professor in the Division of Neurology, was awarded funds for her project, CVT in BC: Incidence, Diagnosis, Treatment Strategies and Prognosis of Cerebral Venous Thrombosis in British Columbia, Canada.
  • Dr. Joanne Matsubara, Professor, Department of Opthalmology and Visual Sciences, was awarded funds with colleagues for their project, Multiphoton Photothermolysis Based Laser Therapy for Precision Treatment of Neovascular Eye Diseases.
  • Dr. Erin Michalak, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, received funds for her project with co-PI Dr. Steven Barnes for their project, Bipolar Bridges: A Digital Health Innovation Targeting Quality of Life in Bipolar Disorder. Dr. Michalak was also recently awarded a CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Transformation in Patient Engagement.
  • Dr. Catharine Rankin, Professor, Department of Psychology, was awarded funds for her project, High-throughput in vivo functional characterization of Autism Spectrum Disorder associated genes using Caenorhabditis elegans.
  • Dr. Alex Rauscher, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, received funding for his project, Imaging markers for tissue damage and disease progression in MS.
  • Dr. Weihong Song, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, received funding for his project, The effect of a novel presenilin 1 mutation on Alzheimer’s Disease pathogenesis.
  • Dr. Helen Tremlett was funded with colleagues for two projects: Tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) and Risk of Multiple Sclerosis and Hormonal Contraceptives and Risk of Pseudotumor Cerebri Syndrome in Women of Child Bearing Age.

For more information on CIHR grant programs and these recent funding decisions, visit the CIHR website.