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Queen's University health research projects receive $2.85 million in funding


Two innovative Queen’s University health research projects have received a total of $2.85 million in Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) funding.

A transdisciplinary cancer research program offering unique opportunities for investigating factors that impact cancer control in Canada has received $1.95 million.

“This program is producing the high-caliber cancer researchers and leading edge expertise that Canada needs in our battle with the disease,” says Lois Mulligan, professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen’s, principal investigator of the new grant and director of the training program. “Thanks to this funding, our program will continue to expand over the next six years, providing young investigators with training and hands-on experience in transdisciplinary research while broadening their perspective on cancer.”

The Terry Fox Foundation Training Program in Transdisciplinary Cancer Research at CIHR provides opportunities for students, clinicians and fellows to work with scientists in a variety of disciplines researching the molecular, clinical, social and economic implications of cancer, allowing them to target the disease from cause to clinic.

This program is funded by CIHR and the Terry Fox Foundation.

A separate study aimed at developing educational resources for more effective inclusion of preschool children with developmental disabilities into elementary school has received $900,000.

“Past research has focused on children with developmental disabilities in elementary school, but we don’t know a lot about preschool aged children,” says Queen’s Psychology professor, Patricia Minnes, lead researcher on the project. “If we can gather information early before these children transition into school, we can promote social inclusion right from the beginning.”

HELPS Inc – a team of parents, researchers, health professionals, teachers and university students in five cities and four universities across Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia – will follow 300 families that have preschoolers with developmental disabilities.

Data on the challenges and successes of these children in social, recreational and educational settings collected over three years will guide the development of educational resources for teachers, parents and professionals, to improve inter-professional and parent partnerships that will lead to more effective social inclusion for these children.

The study is funded by CIHR and the Bloorview Children's Hospital Foundation.

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