We are pleased to congratulate the BC Children's and BC Women's investigators who were awarded funding through the highly competitive Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant Fall 2018 competition. Our research community received more than $5.3 million in new grants through this competition.

Six out of eight of the successful projects benefited from the expertise of Dr. Dawn McArthur, Director, Research & Technology Development and the Research & Technology Development Office (RTDO) team. On behalf of BCCHR, we would like to thank Dr. McArthur, Dr. Tamara English, Ms. Amber Hui and Ms. Rita Jekabsons for their commitment and support.

Of the projects that received assistance from the RTDO, the success rate was 26 per cent, compared to the national average of 14.9 per cent. In addition to this success, a number of projects that were not funded in this competition received high rankings. As such, the RTDO team is already working to assist with resubmissions for the March 2019 competition.

Congratulations to:

CIHR Project Grant Fall 2018 Recipients

Dr. Alexander Beristain – Healthy Starts – Project: “Cellular dynamics at the maternal-placental interface.” BCCHR Co-investigator: Dr. Julian Christians. $619,650 / 5 years.

Dr. Carolyn Brown – Healthy Starts – Project: “Functional characterization of genomic DNA elements regulating epigenetic silencing.” BCCHR Co-investigators: Dr. Elizabeth Simpson and Dr. Wyeth Wasserman. $971,550 / 5 years.

Dr. Elizabeth Conibear – Childhood Diseases – Project: “Regulating the dynamic cycling of palmitate on proteins.” $745,875 / 5 years.

Dr. Hélène Côté – Women’s Health Research Institute – Project: “The BCC3 cohort: Cellular aging in women living with HIV.” WHRI Co-investigator: Dr. Angela KaidaDr. Melanie Murray, and Dr. Neora Pick. $822,375 / 5 years.

Dr. Angela Devlin – Healthy Starts – Project: “Maternal Folic Acid and Vitamin B12 intake During Pregnancy and Type 2 Diabetes Risk in Offspring.” BCCHR Co-investigators: Dr. Alexander Beristain and Dr. Bruce Verchere. $485,775 / 5 years.

Dr. Gillian Hanley – Brain, Behaviour & Development and Women's Health Research Institute – Project: “The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of opportunistic salpingectomy for ovarian cancer prevention.” WHRI Co-investigators: Dr. Janice Kwon and Dr. Jessica McAlpine. $302,176 / 4 years.

Dr. Katherine Plewes – Women’s Health Research Institute – Project: “Evaluating the renoprotective effect of acetaminophen in pediatric severe falciparum malaria: A randomized controlled trial.” Co-principal investigator: Dr. Arjen Dondorp (Deputy Director and Head of Malaria Research, Mahidol-Oxford Research Unit) $971,551 / 3 years.

Dr. Regina Renner – Women’s Health Research Institute – Project: “The Canadian Surgical and Medical Abortion Provider Survey (CAPS).” Co-principal Investigators: Dr. Bonnie Henry (University of British Columbia; Provincial Health Officer) and Dr. Marie Soleil-Wagner (Université de Montréal). BCCHR Co-investigator: Dr. Wendy Norman. WHRI Co-investigators: Dr. Cheryl DaviesDr. Roopan GillDr. Janusz Kaczorowski and Dr. Sarah Munro. $407,780 / 4 years.