Funding to Spur Innovation

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UHN receives $6.3 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
Posted On: March 13, 2024
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(L-R, clockwise) Drs. Marcelo Cypel, Atul Humar, Philippe Monnier, and Valerie Wallace.

The Government of Canada has announced that the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will be investing more than $515 million to support researchers across Canada through essential research facilities and equipment. 

UHN researchers were awarded $6.3 million in funding for four projects, including two led by UHN and two led by collaborating institutions. 

The following UHN-led teams received funding for large-scale infrastructure to support research projects on advanced organ transplantation strategies and retinal disease assessment and therapeutics: 

● Drs. Marcelo Cypel and Atul Humar, Senior Scientists at Toronto General Hospital Research Institute and the Ajmera Transplant Centre, received $2.8 million for a project to develop advanced strategies for modifying organs outside of the body—ultimately increasing the pool of available donor organs and improving outcomes for patients. The team will also develop customized donor organs to help improve long-term organ acceptance by the recipient.  Dr. Cypel is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto (U of T) and Dr. Humar is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at U of T. Team members include Drs. Sarah Crome, Siba Haykal, Stephen Juvet, Shaf Keshavjee, Deepali Kumar, Sonya MacParland, Trevor Reichman and Markus Selzner

● Drs. Valerie Wallace and Philippe Monnier, Senior Scientists at the Krembil Research Institute’s Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute, received $2.5 million to develop a facility for assessing degenerative eye diseases and developing therapeutics. Their multidisciplinary research team with expertise in retinal biology, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine will resolve the mechanisms underlying retinal connectivity and disease to preserve and restore vision. Dr. Wallace is a Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at U of T and Dr. Monnier is a Professor in the Department of Physiology at U of T. The team also includes Drs. Brian Ballios, Michael Reber, Karun Singh, Jeremy Sivak as well as investigators from U of T and The Hospital for Sick Children. 

Two other UHN teams received a total of $1 million in funding through projects led by other institutions: one to automate the high-throughput imaging of structural features in biological samples (led by Sinai Health System) and the other to establish a Diagnostic Horizons Lab to accelerate the development of diagnostic tests, initially for sepsis and heart failure (led by U of T). UHN researchers on these teams include Drs. Gary Bader, Ana Konvalinka, Marianne Koritzinksy, Sonya MacParland, Valerie Wallace, Bo Wang, Phyllis Billia, Azadeh Yadollahi and Heather Ross

Congratulations to all award recipients at UHN! 

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