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From left to right: Charu Kaushic, scientific director of the CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity; Filomena Tassi, MP and minister of seniors; Sharon Kaasalainen, associate professor, School of Nursing; Hsien Seow, professor, oncology and Susan Denburg, executive vice-dean and associate vice-president, academic, Faculty of Health Sciences. Photo by Sarah Janes​

Published: March 14, 2019 | By Tina Depko, Health Sciences

McMaster University is receiving $8.45 million from the federal government to support 13 health research projects, three of which are led up by MIRA researchers. 

The results of the 2018 fall Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) project grants competition were shared at an announcement at the Health Sciences Centre today. The McMaster grants are part of a national investment of $275 million funds for Canadian researchers studying the full spectrum of health issues.

“Congratulations to the McMaster University researchers receiving funding today,” said Filomena Tassi, minister of seniors and member of parliament for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas.

“These grants are a testament to the high calibre of health science taking place in Hamilton. I am especially gratified to see support for so many research projects focused on improving the health and quality of life of Canada’s seniors.”

The announcement featured two McMaster recipients, Hsien Seow (Oncology) and Sharon Kaasalainen (Nursing and MIRA member), who talked about their respective projects related to palliative care.

Other principal investigators at McMaster receiving funding are:

  • Stuart Connolly (Medicine)
  • James Dunn (Health, Aging & Society and MIRA member)
  • Marie Elliot (Biology)
  • Ahmed Jakda (Family Medicine), with Seow
  • Martin Kolb (Medicine)
  • Joan Krepinsky (Medicine)
  • Vladimir Ljubicic (Kinesiology and MIRA member)
  • Louis Schmidt (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences), Saroj Saigal (Pediatrics) and Ryan Van Lieshout (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences)
  • Damu Tang (Medicine)
  • Bernardo Trigatti (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences)
  • Richard Whitlock (Surgery)
  • Boyang Zhang (Chemical Engineering)

“The research we are supporting today offers the potential to make us healthier, to reduce pain and suffering, to prevent disease and unnecessary deaths, and to bring peace of mind,” said Charu Kaushic, scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Infection and Immunity and a professor of pathology and molecular medicine at McMaster.

Read more about the 13 funded McMaster research projects here.

This article was first published on Daily News. Read the original article.

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