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Researchers at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton have successfully competed for a total of $5.97 million in research funding in program grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). CIHR is one of the primary funders of health research in Canada.

“I want to congratulate all of our investigators for their outstanding performance in this competition,” says Dr. Jack Gauldie, VP Research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Scientific Director of the Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton. “These investigators have succeeded in one of the most highly competitive competitions in years, which is a testament to the excellence they bring to their research.  We look forward to seeing these innovative projects come to life and hearing about the impacts that they have on patients at St. Joe’s and beyond.”

The following projects were successful in this round of the competition:

  • Three St. Joseph’s researchers – Dr. Randi McCabe, Dr. Matilda Nowakowski and Dr. Harsha Shanthanna – will collaborate with principal investigator Dr. Jason Busse, McMaster University, to study the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy in the management of pain associated with fractures. The project has received $2.28mil in funding.
  • Dr. Michelle Kho has received $1.98mil in funding to internationally expand the in-bed supine cycling program that she began at St. Joe’s. 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.

  • Dr. Zena Samaan and Dr. James MacKillop have received $1.17mil in funding to study how genetics can affect response to methadone maintenance treatment. This project could help to
    personalize treatment for patients with opioid addiction.

  • Dr. Jeremy Hirota has received $592k in funding to study how inhaled pollutants, allergens, bacteria and viruses affect the cells of patients with lung disease. This project will contribute to a deeper understanding of lung inflammation, and will potentially lead to new treatment approaches for chronic lung diseases.

Successfully competing for CIHR funding allows St. Joe’s researchers to advance patient care through science, inquiry and innovative practices.

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