These tiny telemeters shown on the palm of Dr. Bruce
Van Vliet’s hand are surgically inserted into
mice in order to transmit blood pressure readings 24
hours a day. Dr. Van Vliet was recently awarded a CIHR
grant for research on the mechanisms of salt-sensitivity
Three researchers in the Faculty of Medicine
were funded in the most recent competition of the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research. Overall in 2002-03, six projects
have been funded in the amount of $2.5 million dollars.
The most recent awards were to Drs. Karen Mearow, John Smeda
and Bruce Van Vliet, all in basic medical sciences.
Dr. Mearow will receive $285,675 for her neuroscience research
on the interactions of growth factor and integrin signaling
pathways. “I am very proud of all our researchers,”
said Dr. Ian Bowmer, dean of Medicine. “There is a
paucity of women in science and Dr. Karen Mearow is an excellent
role model to bring to people's attention. She is also associate
dean of Basic Medical Science in the Faculty of Medicine,
demonstrating that it is possible to hold a senior administrative
position in the university and maintain an active research
Dr. Smeda will receive $234,398 for research on cerebrovascular
alterations associated with stroke. Dr. Van Vliet was awarded
$334,327 for research on the mechanisms of salt-sensitivity
Other CIHR-funded projects at Memorial in the past year
were to Dr. George Carayanniotis for his work on thyroid
disease, Dr. Kenneth Kao for research on epithelial ovarian
cancer and Dr. Guang Sun for research on genetics and obesity.
The CIHR-funded studies will be carried out over periods
of one to five years.