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Researchers at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton have succeeded in competing for a total of $3.7 million in research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. CIHR is one of the primary funders of health research in Canada.  This funding allows our researchers to continue on their path to improving quality of life through the development of new treatments and innovations.

Awards and grants received by St. Joe’s researchers include:

  • Dr. Deborah Cook received a prestigious Foundation Scheme award totaling $2.25mil. The CIHR Foundation Scheme program is a new award program released for the first time in 2015. Dr. Cook’s award is designated for research improving outcomes of critically ill patients.

  • Dr. Michelle Kho has received $332k in funding to help expand the in-bed supine cycling program that began at St. Joe’s across Hamilton. Dr. Kho’s research analyzes how in-bed cycling can help reduce leg weakness in patients in the intensive care unit, leading to improved quality of life following discharge.
  • Two St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton researchers have received funding to launch or continue clinical trials that are coordinated within the hospital and across Canada:

    • Dr. Michael Walsh has received a total of $439k to better understand end-stage kidney disease and autoimmune kidney disease.

    • Dr. Yaron Shargall has received $243k to test the efficacy of a new blood-thinner during chest surgery.

  • Dr. Mark Larche has received $295k to develop a peptide-based treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Dr. Jean-Eric Tarride & Dr. Mehran Anvari have received $149k to establish a bariatric research registry to improve quality of life following bariatric surgery.

We congratulate all recipients of the CIHR awards at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, as well as our colleagues at Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University who have received CIHR funding.

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