Chronic Disease Program


Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital awarded 15 CIHR grants worth more than $8.4 million
February 3, 2023 - Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital are playing a lead role in 15 new projects awarded more than $8.4 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
ELEVATE seed grants to help researchers at The Ottawa Hospital develop better treatments and improve patient care
February 1, 2023 - The Ottawa Hospital’s Research Institute is awarding five ELEVATE seed grants to early-career researchers to spur the development of innovative treatments and better patient care.
A self-proclaimed nerd with a knack for nephrology
January 26, 2023 - Dr. Kevin Burns never thought he’d be practicing award-winning kidney research in Ottawa. But after falling in love with Ottawa and with nephrology, Dr. Burns became an integral part of The Ottawa Hospital team.
New scientist profile: Dr. Marisa Azad aims to improve care for artificial joint infections
January 18, 2023 - Infectious disease physician Dr. Marisa Azad sees patients whose artificial knees or hips have become infected nightmares. These periprosthetic joint infections (PJI) are rare but devastating, and often result in additional surgeries and repeat ...
New scientist profile: Dr. Hesham Abdelbary’s translational research program tackles implant infections
January 4, 2023 - As an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in complex cases, removing slimy layers of bacteria growing on prosthetic joints is one of Dr. Hesham Abdelbary’s toughest challenges. Unfortunately, these periprosthetic joint infections are not uncommon ...
Visionary scientist shaped Canada’s kidney research landscape
November 2, 2022 - As a young man raised in Montreal, Dr. Kevin Burns had no intention of staying in Ottawa when he first came here to study nephrology as a medical resident. However, he grew to love both the city and his colleagues at The Ottawa Hospital and has ...
New biomarker could help predict severity of COVID-19 infection
October 28, 2022 - New research led by Dr. Benjamin Tsang and Taggart-Parkes postdoctoral fellow Dr. Meshach Asare-Werehene shows that a blood protein called plasma gelsolin (pGSN) could help predict which hospitalized COVID-19 patients are likely to become ...
Ottawa researchers recognized with international awards for reproductive biology and health
April 29, 2022 - Ottawa’s reproductive biology researchers took the lead in international recognition this year, receiving three of 12 prestigious awards from the Society for the Study of Reproduction.
Meet HIV researcher Megan Magro
April 25, 2022 - When she’s not doing artistic swimming, Megan Magro is in the lab working towards a cure for HIV.
How a simple question as a child in Ghana led to award-winning discoveries in ovarian cancer
November 15, 2021 - Meet Dr. Meshach Asare-Werehene — winner of the Worton Researcher in Training Award


November 12, 2021 -  Researcher blazes a trail in ovarian cancer
November 4, 2021 -  Tiny bits of blood vessel may warn of newborn complications
October 6, 2021 -  MicroRNA protects mice from acute kidney injury
September 15, 2021 -  Translational Research Grant could spark new approaches to diagnose, treat long COVID
April 28, 2021 -  Ottawa researchers lead $9-million COVID Variant Rapid-Response Network
January 27, 2021 -  Studying sex differences in kidney disease could open door to developing new treatments


December 18, 2019 -  Liver could be new target for type 1 diabetes research, treatments
November 13, 2019 -  Researchers awarded $1.6M to improve care for cardiovascular disease
August 14, 2019 -  The next frontier in HIV research: Ottawa scientists to play key role in new $17M prevention and cure studies
August 7, 2019 -  Feature grant: Researchers investigate how cholesterol regulates inflammation in white blood cells
July 26, 2019 -  The Ottawa Hospital awarded 13 grants worth $11.2 million from Canadian Institutes of Health Research
June 5, 2019 -  Feature grant: researchers investigate why women on hemodialysis are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease
March 1, 2019 -  Enzyme could help develop better approaches to prevent chronic kidney disease
February 14, 2019 -  Researchers to advance science and improve health with new CIHR funding


December 20, 2018 -  How “exosomes” target injured kidney cells and bring them back to life
November 30, 2018 -  Experimental contraceptive could give women the power to prevent pregnancy and STIs
November 21, 2018 -  Depression linked to “junk DNA” in the serotonin receptor gene
November 21, 2018 -  Researchers get $788,000 boost from NSERC
October 22, 2018 -  Chance discovery linking diet to type 1 diabetes started whole new field of research
October 17, 2018 -  New research sinks lipid raft concept
October 2, 2018 -  Researchers awarded $1.7 M to tackle stroke and heart attack from multiple angles
September 6, 2018 -  How does type 1 diabetes start? New research implicates early metabolic defects in the pancreas
July 24, 2018 -  Nerve cell structure plays a major role in kidney function
January 30, 2018 -  The Ottawa Hospital awarded $12.7M for research, double the national CIHR success rate


December 18, 2017 -  Using viruses to fight viruses: new approach eliminates “dormant” HIV-infected cells
November 16, 2017 -  Female reproductive disorder may be linked to problems with hormone recycling
October 26, 2017 -  From tragedy to triumph: scientist makes major discovery about cholesterol while recovering from stroke
October 24, 2017 -  New blood sugar monitoring a game-changer for pregnant women with type 1 diabetes
September 12, 2017 -  Research reveals why our cells make more cholesterol and fat after a big meal
August 17, 2017 -  HIV kept at bay with single injection every 8 weeks
April 7, 2017 -  Research sheds light on how testosterone regulates female reproduction
February 2, 2017 -  Could tiny bits of kidney cells in the urine be a potential warning sign of kidney disease?


October 12, 2016 -  Early-career researchers bring fresh perspective to challenge of high blood pressure
October 5, 2016 -  New role for a famous gene? PCSK9 may control the birth of new fat cells
September 7, 2016 -  Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital awarded $472,000 by Ontario Research Fund
September 7, 2016 -  Dr. Paul MacPherson awarded Research Chair in Gay Men’s Health from Ontario HIV Treatment Network
July 27, 2016 -  Researchers find compound that can protect mice from Ebola
May 4, 2016 -  Cardiovascular researchers get $1.2M boost from Heart and Stroke Foundation
February 24, 2016 -  Could a bacteria-killing protein lead to a new treatment for diabetes?
February 17, 2016 -  Protein fights traffic jams in ALS cells


October 22, 2015 -  Drugs commonly used in kidney transplant patients not as effective as previously thought
September 16, 2015 -  Dr. Greg Knoll awarded $3.9 million to create and translate knowledge in kidney transplantation
September 2, 2015 -  Harnessing the power of the bruise to prevent autoimmune diabetes
August 26, 2015 -  Novel genetic variant affects inflammation and may increase heart disease risk by 50%
August 21, 2015 -  New chair in spinal cord research brings hope for more first steps
August 5, 2015 -  Dr. Dylan Burger awarded $192,000 to study microparticles in kidney and vascular disease
July 28, 2015 -  The Ottawa Hospital awarded $28M from Canadian Institutes of Health Research for 22 research projects
June 24, 2015 -  Putrescine water doubles fertility in aging females
June 10, 2015 -  How does the liver affect the immune system? $175,000 grant to help find answers
May 27, 2015 -  eConsult reduces wait times and gets high marks from primary care providers
February 11, 2015 -  Researchers find new therapy benefits stroke patients
February 10, 2015 -  Tender Loving Research improving care for people with infectious diseases


November 19, 2014 -  Are your fat cells healthy or are they bloated and causing health problems?
April 14, 2014 -  First Canadian journal dedicated to kidney disease is launched
April 11, 2014 -  East meets West in Ottawa for research symposium
January 8, 2014 -  Thank you SIRT1: How the body adapts to a high-fat diet to prevent metabolic syndrome


December 11, 2013 -  Compounds derived from red wine, spicy peppers and tree bark hold potential for treating ovarian cancer
December 5, 2013 -  The Ottawa Hospital appoints prestigious kidney research chair
November 28, 2013 -  Ottawa researchers to play major role in $8.7M research project aimed at curing HIV
November 20, 2013 -  New lead in the fight against type 1 diabetes
August 23, 2013 -  Dr. Hsiao-Huei Chen discovers a new molecular pathway that controls appetite, metabolism and weight gain
April 22, 2013 -  New program to enhance the survival and quality of life of Canadians needing organ and tissue transplants


November 26, 2012 -  Putrescine water may be Fountain of Youth for eggs
June 21, 2012 -  Blood test for pregnant women could predict risk of having dangerously small babies


December 16, 2011 -  Ottawa research could reduce use of unnecessary medications in people with HIV
November 23, 2011 -  New research sheds light on molecular pathways involved in resistance to chemotherapy in ovarian cancer cells
October 2, 2011 -  New research sheds light on the role of our molecular recycling centres in genetic diseases and male infertility
August 24, 2011 -  Research leads to new insights into mammalian fertilization
April 20, 2011 -  Another great year for the Kidney Research Centre
April 20, 2011 -  New research sheds light on “asymmetric” cell division
April 7, 2011 -  Dr. Benjamin Tsang receives OCRI Research Award


December 25, 2010 -  International study helps identify high risk pregnancies earlier
December 3, 2010 -  Prestigious honour for kidney research
November 24, 2010 -  Possible new strategy to reduce cholesterol
November 9, 2010 -  Ottawa scientist receives $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for innovative global health research


August 20, 2009 -  A clue to the elusive cause of type 1 diabetes: Ottawa researchers investigate immune response to wheat
May 29, 2009 -  Dr. Michel Chrétien elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London


October 29, 2008 -  OHRI students organize CIHR Café Scientifique on HIV / AIDS prevention
October 7, 2008 -  Special honour for Dr. Michel Chrétien
January 1, 2008 -  Dr. Rhian Touyz is investigating molecular changes in blood vessels that may contribute to hypertension


May 3, 2007 -  Grand opening of the Kidney Research Centre


December 4, 2006 -  Ottawa study reveals “normal” form of the prion protein associated with neurodegenerative diseases could have role in blood sugar regulation
August 1, 2006 -  Dr. Kursad Turksen’s research on skin cells may lead to new ways to protect premature babies, promote wound-healing, and treat various skin disorders
March 31, 2006 -  Fighting back: HIV is deadly because it destroys the immune system.
But Dr. Paul MacPherson is looking for ways to help the immune system fight back.