News and Notes
Division of University Relations Homepage
10, 2000, Gazette)
Minister Allan Rock announced over $650,000 in various project
grants to researchers at Memorial at media conference in the
medical school Feb. 4. Premier Brian Tobin and Gerry Byrne, the
Liberal MP for Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte, also attended the
media conference, which was hosted by Dr. Kevin Keough, vice-president
(research and international affairs).
Of the total
amount, $444,000 represents two research projects funded by the
Medical Research Council (MRC) of Canada. Dr. Sudesh Vasdev,
Medicine, was awarded $47,401 per year for three years to study
hypertension. Dr. George Carayanniotis grant of $100,724
per year over three years is for thyroid research.
with a total value of $207,573 were awarded by Health Canada
under the Population Health Fund. The School of Social Work received
$29,500 to examine community building initiatives in Canada that
are concerned with the protection of children. The Division of
Community Health in the Faculty of Medicine received $128,000
over three years to develop an information system to track the
implementation of health promotion programs. The Department of
Sociology was awarded $50,000 for an eight-month study of the
determinants of womens health in a changing work environment.
to the $650,000 announced by Mr. Rock, seven more projects are
eligible for funding under MRCs Regional Partnership Program
(RPP), a joint initiative of the MRC and the provincial government,
pending confirmation of partner funding. The approved RPP projects
are for Dr. Alan Pater, Medicine, to study cervical cell oncogenesis;
Dr. Bruce Van Vliet, Medicine, for a study of the consequences
of baroreflex dysfunction; Dr. David Heeley, Biochemistry, for
a study on the regulation of striated muscle contraction; Dr.
Sheila Drover, Medicine, for an investigation of MHC-peptide
complexed on HLA-DR4 molecules; Dr. Graham Worrall, Medicine,
for a study on an instrument used to assess elder home care use;
Dr. John Robinson, Biochemistry, for a study on the role of yolk
granules in protein export in the developing embryo; and Dr.
John McLean, Medicine, for a study on cellular correlates and
circuit analysis in early olfactory learning.
federal budget announced a substantial increase in funding for
health research in Canada, in addition to the creation of the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Once established
later this year, the CIHR will coordinate all health research
activities of the federal government.