INMD Connections – May 2016

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Message from INMD Scientific Director

From left: Drs. Daniel Figeys, David Mack, Philip Sherman (CIHR); Alain Stintzi; & James Butcher, Univ. Ottawa.

I was pleased to participate in the announcement of the results of the Programmatic Grants in Environments, Genes and Chronic Disease (EGCD) competition, which rolled out at institutions across Canada on May 2, 2016. The Programmatic Grants in EGCD will fund research to better understand the role of environment and genes in chronic disease and, ultimately, contribute to the development of prevention strategies and new treatments for a range of chronic conditions. The Programmatic Grants in EGCD are part of the Environments and Health Signature Initiative, a multi-pronged approach to improving our understanding of how the environment contributes to human health.

In partnership with Genome British Columbia and Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, CIHR is funding eight Programmatic Grants in Chronic Disease listed on the table on the next page. Congratulations to all of the recipients of the Programmatic Grants in EGCD! We look forward to learning about the results arising from your research efforts.

Philip M. Sherman, MD, FRCPC
Scientific Director, INMD

Operating Grant: Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) Network: Quick Strikes

INMD congratulates the successful applicants, Roger Chafe (Memorial Univ.) and Aminu Bello (Univ. Alberta), along with each of their respective co-PIs who received funding in the Operating Grant: SPOR PIHCI Network: Quick Strikes.

Interview with Dr. Philip Sherman on the importance of the EGCD Funding Opportunity Announcement

Listen to the interview with Dr. Philip Sherman on the importance of the EGCD Funding Opportunity Announcement!

Programmatic Grants in Environments, Genes and Chronic Disease

INMD congratulates the successful applicants who received funding in the following competition:

Nominated Principal Investigator Co-Principal Investigators Title
Philip Awadalla
(Ontario Institute for Cancer Research)
Trevor Dummer; John Joseph Spinelli Determining genetic and environmental factors associated with metabolic phenotypes across Canada
Vernon Dolinsky
(Univ. Manitoba)
James Davie; Michael Kobor; Garry Shen; Brandy Wicklow Developmental origins of obesity and obesity-related complications in children
Jennifer Gommerman
(Univ. Toronto)
Kenneth Croitoru Elucidating gene-environment interactions that drive autoimmune disease among South Asian Canadians
In Partnership with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada
Alberto Martin
(Univ. Toronto)
Catherine O'Brien Impact of the gut microbiome and environment on the development of colorectal cancer
Gregory Steinberg
(McMaster Univ.)
Katherine Mary Morrison Gene environment team on brown/beige adipose tissue
Alain Stintzi
(Univ. Ottawa)
Daniel Figeys; David Mack; Kieran O’Doherty, Bruce Vallance Diet-microbiota-gut axis in pediatric IBD
In Partnership with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada
Padmaja Subbarao
(Hospital for Sick Children)
Jeffrey Brook; Russell De Souza; Qingling Duan; Anita Kozyrskyj; Wen-Yi Lou; Michael Surette Gene and environment effects on lung health and risk for chronic respiratory disease, asthma & COPD
Stuart Turvey
(Univ. British Columbia)
Jeffrey Brook; Michael Kobor Programmatic research to understand how modifiable environmental factors interact with the genome in the development of asthma
In Partnership with Genome BC

Researcher Profile

CIHR recruitment: College Chair with expertise in patient and citizen engagement

CIHR is looking to fill a College Chair position with expertise in patient and citizen engagement, and experience with peer review processes. This Chair will ensure patient and citizen perspectives are integrated throughout the implementation of the College of Reviewers. The selected individual will join the other soon to be announced inaugural College Chairs, who will work in collaboration with CIHR’s Chief Scientific Officer to recruit and oversee the peer reviewer membership base and provide the strategic guidance needed to build the College of Reviewers into a national resource. The College of Reviewers is a CIHR initiative to enhance the peer review system. Deadline: May 27, 2016. Read more about the opportunity.

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