Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital awarded three grants for high risk, high reward and interdisciplinary research

June 18, 2024

The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) 2023 Exploration competition has awarded $33 million to support 133 research teams across Canada that bring diverse disciplines together in pursuit of breakthrough ideas and high-reward outcomes. 

Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital, affiliated with uOttawa, were awarded three grants in this competition. Each grant is worth around $250,000 and includes collaborators from multiple institutions. 

Drs. Jean-Simon Diallo and Jeffrey Smith are leading a project exploring the impact of lipids on the production efficiency of viral vectors for vaccines and gene therapies (Co-Investigators: Christopher Boddy, Suzanne Farid). Drs. Manoj Lalu and Kelly Cobey are leading a project to assess the feasibility of CAR-Treg therapy in animal models of acute respiratory distress syndrome (Co-Investigator: Megan Levings. Collaborators: John Bell, Dean Fergusson, Carolina Ilkow, Natasha Kekre, Duncan Stewart. Supporting staff: Forough Jahandideh, Madison Foster.) Drs. Michele Ardolino and Duncan Stewart are leading a project to develop a new immunotherapy to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (Collaborator: Scott McComb).

The Ottawa Hospital is a leading academic health, research and learning hospital proudly affiliated with the University of Ottawa and supported by The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.