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CHRIM-led research projects receive funding to improve lives of chronic disease patients

September 19th, 2017

Three research teams led by investigators from the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM) have received funding for studies on children’s brain development, kidney disease, and diabetes.

The projects are part of the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) program, connecting researchers, health professionals, patients, and policy makers across the country to improve the health of Canadians living with chronic diseases. The SPOR program is unique in that it views patients as partners in the research process.

“This type of research… engages patients in all aspects of study and ensures results are relevant to the priorities that they have identified,” said Growth, Enterprise, and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen. “By working together and investing in these networks, we are helping Manitoba’s research institutions create the innovative solutions needed to support patients across this province and beyond.”

The three CHRIM teams received a combined total of $8 million including $2.8 million in provincial funding through Research Manitoba, $3.6 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, $145 thousand from CHRIM, and $142 thousand from other research partners. CHRIM also contributed an additional $2.5 million in kind. 

“Congratulations to all researchers involved in this very important work,” said CHRIM CEO and Scientific Director, Dr. Terry Klassen. “And a huge thank you to our provincial and federal funding partners for these generous donations. Your support will help improve the lives of countless people living with chronic diseases.”  


About the Newly Funded SPOR Projects:

CHILD-BRIGHT:  Child Health Initiatives

Limiting Disability – Brain Research Improving Growth and Health Trajectories

Principal Investigators:  Drs. Kristy Wittmeier, Gina Rempel and Ana Hanlon-Dearman (Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba and University of Manitoba)

This network will achieve brighter futures for children with brain-based developmental disabilities and their families by creating novel interventions to optimize development, promote healthy outcomes, and deliver responsive and supportive services across the life-course.

Listening, Learning, Leading:  Canadians Seeking Solutions and Innovations to Overcome Chronic Kidney Disease (Can-SOLVE CKD)

Principal Investigators:  Drs. Allison Dart (Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba and University of Manitoba), Paul Komenda (University of Manitoba), and Navdeep Tangri (University of Manitoba)

This network will improve care for people with kidney disease.  It aims to reduce the number of people who require dialysis or organ transplants, or who develop related illnesses that are debilitating or deadly.

 SPOR Network in Diabetes and its Related Complications

Principal Investigators:  Drs. Jon McGavock (Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba and University of Manitoba) and Paul Fernyhough (University of Manitoba)

This network will transform the health outcomes of people with diabetes and its related complications. It will facilitate important and meaningful connections between patients, their primary healthcare providers, and specialists to achieve improved health care and significant cost savings within the health system.

A fourth University of Manitoba team was also awarded funding at today’s announcement:

Inflammation, Microbiome, and Alimentation:  Gastro-Intestinal and Neuropsychiatric Effects: the IMAGINE-SPOR chronic disease network

Principal Investigators:  Drs. Charles Bernstein and Laura Targownik (University of Manitoba)

This network is a national collaboration of patients and scientists that will look at how gut bacteria and diet affect the course of inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome, and at the anxiety and depression associated with these disorders.


Media Contacts:

Rebecca Rallo
Director of Communications and Marketing
Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba
Tel: (204) 272-3135
Email: rrallo@chrim.ca