Three Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences research projects included in $37M awarded to UBC in CIHR Fall 2019 Project Grant Competition

Adapted from UBC Research & Innovation

Three projects being led by researchers in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have been supported by a total of almost $900K through the Project Grant: Fall 2019 Competition from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

As CIHR’s largest funding program, the Project Grant competitions support multi-year grants for researchers at various stages in their careers as they conduct research projects that cover the full range of health research topics.

The Project Grant: Fall 2019 Competition awarded 385 Full Project Grants for a total investment of $275M, including 50 projects led by UBC researchers. An additional eight projects led by UBC researchers were awarded funding through Priority Announcement Grants and Bridge Grants.

Full Project Grants

Fifty projects led by researchers at UBC and its affiliated health authority research centres were awarded $35.8M in Project Grant funding. Two of these projects are led by Pharm Sci faculty :

Validation and commercialization of an innovative analgesic for chronic pain

Principal Investigators: Shyh-Dar Li and Brian Cairns

Co-Investigators: Amanda Malone, James Kim, Ernie Puil, and Abby Collier

Preventable strokes and deaths in atrial fibrillation patients: Understanding the impacts of anticoagulant nonadherence and nonpersistence

Principal Investigator: Peter Loewen

Co-Investigators: Jason Andrade, Kathy Rush, Wenjia Chen, Mohsen Sadatsafavi, Mary De Vera, Yinshan Zhao, Marc Deyell, Shahrzad Salmasi


Bridge Grants

A further two projects led by UBC researchers were awarded $200,000 through Bridge Grants. The Faculty project awarded funding in this category is:

Role of cardiac lipoprotein lipase in diabetic heart disease

Principal Investigator: Brian Rodrigues


In addition, Faculty member Judith Soon is a Co-Investigator on the following Full Project Grant:

The CART Mife-Outcomes study: Relating Canada's unique mifepristone regulations to health system events, costs and access to abortion, using linked health administrative data

UBC Principal Investigators: Wendy Norman; Kimberlyn McGrail; Bonnie Henry (Faculty of Medicine)


“Congratulations to the PIs who were successful in this latest CIHR grant competition,” says Dr. Michael Coughtrie, professor and dean. “This funding is critical to supporting the world-leading research being carried out in this Faculty, which will have a real and lasting impact on the lives of patients across British Columbia and beyond.”