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Promising initial results in CIHR’s Foundation grant competition

December 10, 2014

Thirteen scientists from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute have been shortlisted for prestigious Foundation grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The short-listed applicants (and their areas of research) include: Drs. Shawn Aaron (lung disease), Rebecca Auer (perioperative cancer therapies), Jeff Dilworth (muscle regeneration), Dar Dowlatshahi (stroke), Dean Fergusson (transfusion epidemiology), Ian Graham (knowledge translation), Jeremy Grimshaw (implementation of evidence-based care), Greg Knoll (kidney transplantation), Lynn Megeney (protein aggregation diseases), Bill Stanford (stem cells), Duncan Stewart (blood vessel regeneration), Ian Stiell (emergency medicine) and Bernard Thébaud (lung regeneration).

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute’s success rate in this round of the competition is 43%, compared to the national average of 34%. In addition, Dr. Duncan Stewart was the only scientist (among 1,366 applicants) to score a perfect 100%. CIHR’s new Foundation grants are meant to provide long term (5-7 year) support Canada’s top research leaders. Final results are expected this summer.

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Paddy Moore
Communications and Public Relations
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
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padmoore@ohri.ca