Congratulations to all of the HLI’s Principal Investigators and affiliated Investigators that were successful in the latest round of funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)! CIHR funding is highly competitive and that was certainly the case for the 2017 Project grants. UBC had great success, with 19% of applications funded, above the national success rate of 15%.…
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Significant Brain Research Funding for DMCBH Member Projects

Canadian Insitutes of Health Research (CIIHR) 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. Investigators at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health have recently received a combined total of $5,447,900 in CIHR project grants for brain health research.
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Vancouver Prostate Centre investigators were highly successful, receiving 6 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) research grants in the Fall 2017 Project Grant competition for a total of $3.6 million over five years. The funded projects are: Ralph Buttyan (co-Is: Artem Cherkasov, Nathan Lack, Na Li): Interference with Gli to Control Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer. 3 years. $344,250
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Annually, the Centre for Blood Research offers five travel awards to Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Associates to help make travel to conferences and academic events more feasible. Any Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Associate may apply, provided they have not received an award in the last year. Each award offers $1,000 to supplement other funding sources. Throughout past years, recipients have…
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Dr. Martin Gleave Appointed to the Order of Canada

Director of the Vancouver Prostate Centre recognized for his leadership in prostate cancer research. Dr. Martin Gleave was recently named a member of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours, for his leadership role in developing new treatments for prostate cancer and for his research on the mechanisms involved in the development of treatment resistance in cancer.…
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On Friday, December 29, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, announced 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Three Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health members were included in this year’s appointments. Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews and Dr. Janet Werker were appointed Officers of the Order of Canada. Dr. Martin-Matthews was honoured for her extensive research contributions to…
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Dr. Alex Wyatt has been awarded a CIHR Early Career Investigator Award for $345,000 over 3 years.  His project aims to develop a procedure that will enable the identification of metastatic bladder cancer patients most likely to respond to specific therapies. Chemotherapy has historically been the most effective treatment for metastatic disease, but long-term survival has been a rarity. Recently,…
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Phyton Biotech today announced that it has received a $400,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund the research and development of an alternative method of producing artemisinin, a key active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) used to combat malaria. Artemisinin-based therapies are the global standard for the treatment of malaria, a disease that affects over 200 million people…
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Cited Podcast Wins Top Journalism Award

In two small offices of the Michael Smith Laboratories, among the controlled chaos of labs and data, a small team of industrious journalists record a radio show and podcast called Cited. Last month, their hard work was rewarded with one of British Columbia’s most prestigious awards for journalism: The Jack Webster Award in Feature and Enterprise Reporting, for their episode The Heroin Clinic. Cited originally…
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Tommy Douglas. Terry Fox. Michael Bliss. Judith Hall. These renowned individuals are among the 125 laureates of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame(CMHF), which recognizes Canadian heroes whose work has advanced health. Established in 1994, the national charitable organization aims to inspire pursuit of careers in the health sciences, while celebrating the country’s rich medical history. In April of 2018, an induction ceremony will see Canadian…
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