CIHR awards $13 million to University of Waterloo researchers

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has awarded five researchers from the University of Waterloo with $13.4 million to advance health research.

The majority of the funding was awarded through a foundation grant which provides long-term support for innovative and high-impact research programs. Project grants are awarded to ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related knowledge and research, as well as health care, systems, and outcomes.

“This funding recognizes the value and impact of the diverse and innovative research at the University of Waterloo which includes health research. We appreciate both the investment and recognition from CIHR for the transformational research underway at Waterloo,” said D. George Dixon, vice-president, university research, University of Waterloo.

The researchers are:

Scott Leatherdale
​(School of Public Health and Health Systems) – $1,678,695

Project grant: Extension of the COMPASS Study: building on our current success shaping the direction of youth health ($1,578,695 over five years)

Project grant: Development of a mental health module for the COMPASS system: improving youth mental health trajectories ($100,000 for one year)

Ellen MacEachen
(School of Public Health and Health Systems) – $191,125 over three years

Project grant: The new “sharing economy” and Uber: A developmental evaluation of emergent conditions for occupational health risk and regulation

Geoffrey T. Fong (Psychology) – $11,318,248 over seven years

Foundation grant: Evaluating and understanding the impact of tobacco control policies of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in a rapidly changing global tobacco market: The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project

David Moscovitch (Psychology) – $100,000 for one year

Project grant: Understanding the Psychological Effects and Mechanisms of Imagery Rescripting for Social Anxiety Disorder: A Controlled Experimental Study

Ben Thompson (School of Optometry and Vision Science) – $100,000 for one year

Project grant: Treating amblyopia and convergence insufficiency with non-invasive brain stimulation

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