Researchers get $788,000 boost from NSERC

November 21, 2018

test tubesFour scientists from The Ottawa Hospital, affiliated with the University of Ottawa, were successful in the recent discovery grant competition from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Dr. Barbara Vanderhyden and David Cook were awarded $247,000 to identify the specific pathways needed for ovarian cancer to spread, and what factors trigger this. Dr. Antonio Colavita was awarded $212,000 to explore how the DIP-2 protein influences the shape and movement of nerve cells, and describe the molecular mechanisms involved. Dr. Johnny Ngsee was awarded $188,000 to determine how vesicles move to the cell’s nuclear envelope and the consequences of disrupting this. Dr. Xiaohui Zha was awarded $141,000 to investigate the biological role of a fatty molecule called C24 sphingomyelin in organizing cell walls and interacting with cholesterol.

The Ottawa Hospital: Inspired by research. Driven by compassion 

The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals with over 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff and an annual budget of over $1.2 billion. Our focus on research and learning helps us develop new and innovative ways to treat patients and improve care. As a multi-campus hospital, affiliated with the University of Ottawa, we deliver specialized care to the Eastern Ontario region, but our techniques and research discoveries are adopted around the world. We engage the community at all levels to support our vision for better patient care. See for more information about research at The Ottawa Hospital.

University of Ottawa: —A crossroads of cultures and ideas

The University of Ottawa is home to over 50,000 students, faculty and staff, who live, work and study in both French and English. Our campus is a crossroads of cultures and ideas, where bold minds come together to inspire game-changing ideas. We are one of Canada’s top 10 research universities—our professors and researchers explore new approaches to today’s challenges. One of a handful of Canadian universities ranked among the top 200 in the world, we attract exceptional thinkers and welcome diverse perspectives from across the globe.

Media Contact

Amelia Buchanan
Senior Communication Specialist
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Office: 613-798-5555 x 73687
Cell: 613-297-8315