More than $3.9m awarded to faculty of medicine researchers through 2022 NSERC programs


The Faculty of medicine researchers were awarded more than $3.9 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as part of the 2022 Discovery research programs. UBC-led research garnered more than $32 million in total. The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, and the Honorable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board, announced the investment to increase the impact of science, technology and innovation in Canada.

The Discovery Grants program supports ongoing programs of research with long-term goals rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances. Discovery Grants are considered “grants in aid” of research, as they provide long-term operating funds and can facilitate access to funding from other programs but are not meant to support the full costs of a research program.

Discovery Launch Supplements provide timely resources to support early career researchers (ECRs) as they establish a Discovery Grant-funded research program.

The Northern Research Supplements (NRS) program has been established to augment and promote Canadian university-based research and training. The main purpose of the Northern Research Supplements program is to recognize the added costs unique to research in the Canadian North.

The NSERC Research Tools and Instruments grants foster and enhance the discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting the purchase of research equipment.

Faculty of medicine recipients and their projects:

Discovery Grants

Alasdair Barr, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Understanding the role of dopamine antagonists on peripheral glucose regulation

Pascal Bernatchez, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Natural and accelerated aging of the eNOS-caveolin-1 system

Elizabeth Conibear, Department of Medical Genetics
The Role and Regulation of Endosomal GTP Exchange Factors

David Fedida, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Structures of ion channel complexes

Leonard Foster, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Measuring and understanding health stressors in honey bees

Kevan Jacobson, Department of Pediatrics
Identifying novel mechanisms by which fermentable fibers modulate intestinal structure and function

Calvin Kuo, School of Biomedical Engineering
Developing a multisensory network of wearable skin-mounted inertial measurement units to measure impulsive loads to the head

Cornelia Lawle, Department of Radiology
Multi-nuclear magnetic resonance for characterizing human central nervous system tissue

Honglin Luo, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Autophagy mechanism of coronaviral infection: Lessons from enteroviruses

Thibault Mayor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Investigation of Pathways that Regulate the Expression of Recombinant Proteins in Yeast

Gregg Morin, Department of Medical Genetics
Functions of CDK12 and CDK13 in pre-mRNA Processing

Timothy Murphy, Department of Psychiatry
Tools for assessing shared sensory experience in interacting mice

Paul Pavlidis, Department of Psychiatry
Neuroinformatics for genomics and anatomy

James Piret, School of Biomedical Engineering
Bioprocess Engineering of Cells for Therapy

Lynn Raymond, Department of Psychiatry
Investigating corticostriatal synaptic plasticity in motor learning

Dena Shahriari, Department of Orthopedics
Technological advances for the neuromodulation of the spinal cord

Naznin Virji-Babul, Department of Physical Therapy
Brain dynamics under resting state and naturalistic conditions from childhood to adolescence

Research Tools and Instruments Grants

Purang Abolmaesumi, School of Biomedical Engineering
Ultrasound Imaging for Next Generation Non-destructive Inspection of Advanced Materials

Ivan Nabi, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences
tauSTED: Fluorescent Lifetime Upgrade for Stimulated Emission Depletion Super-Resolution Microscope

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