Lakehead University Researchers Receive CIHR Grants Supporting Health Research

Lakehead University researchers have been awarded Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grants and other funding allowing them to continue pursuing their ground-breaking work – ranging from the management of dementia, treatment of atherosclerosis, and development of a new approach in cancer screening for First Nations women.

An Operating Grant worth a total of $583,625 has been awarded to Dr. Rui Wang (Biology) to enable him to determine the connection between decreased production of hydrogen sulfide gas in blood vessels and the occurrence of atherosclerosis, a disease characterized by blood vessel inflammation, lipid and cholesterol deposition, and narrowing and stiffing of blood vessels. 

Dr. Elaine Wiersma (Health Sciences) will use $196,336 in funding to examine how the development of a self-management program can help people who have dementia. 

Dr. Ingeborg Zehbe (Adjunct Professor of Biology and Scientist of Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute) receives $594,505 for her research project on cervical cancer screening in First Nations women using self-sampling and HPV testing. 

As well, one of Lakehead University’s many talented graduate students, Loretta Patterson (Psychology PhD program), winner of a CIHR Doctoral Research Award (Priority Announcement – Disability Prevention) is conducting research on how driving performance can be impacted on by major depressive disorder and psychotropic medications. 

“These grants demonstrate the importance of the research being done every day at Lakehead,” explains Lakehead President, Dr. Brian Stevenson. “Our researchers’ work strives to improve the lives of people living with dementia and help diagnose cervical cancer in Aboriginal women.”

Dr. Rod Hanley, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), said he’s impressed by these research projects. “In addition to furthering Canadian Health Science research, Drs. Zehbe, Wiersma and Wang, along with graduate student Loretta Patterson, are working to enhance the lives of so many people,” says Dr. Hanley.

Faculty and graduate students have also received other CIHR funding (as listed in the attached backgrounder), totaling over $1.59 million.

View the complete list of Lakehead University 2012 CIHR grant projects in the backgrounder.

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