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St. Michael’s researchers win two largest CIHR grants this cycle

Toronto, July 29, 2013

Dr. David Mazer and Dr. Stephen Hwang
Dr. David Mazer and Dr. Stephen Hwang

St. Michael’s scientists have secured the two largest grants in this Canadian Institutes of Health Research grant cycle.

Dr. David Mazer, an anesthesiologist and a Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute adjunct scientist, was approved for $3.3 million for a 4½-year study for Transfusion Requirements in Cardiac Surgery III. The study is a multi-centre randomized controlled trial of two transfusion strategies in high-risk cardiac surgery. It will involve more than 3,000 patients from 40 cardiac centres around the world and will determine what degree of anemia requires transfusion therapy in these patients.

“We are especially pleased to be awarded this grant since the clinical trials committee is so competitive – less than 17 per cent funding rate – and it is unusual to have a CIHR grant funded on its first submission,” said Dr. Mazer. “I’m honoured that we have now achieved this accomplishment with two sequential CIHR grants, a success that is attributable to the hard work and support from many collaborators and all of the members of our department.”

The second largest grant awarded by the CIHR this cycle went to Dr. Stephen Hwang, a staff physician and a LKSKI Centre for Research on Inner City Health scientist. The grant is for $1.9 million over five years, in recognition of the importance of the At Home study. The study provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to determine the long-term effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Housing First for homeless individuals with mental illness. The findings from this study will inform future planning and resource allocation to address the problem of homelessness in Canada.

Other St. Michael’s researchers who were successful include Dr. Janet Smylie, Dr. Andras Kapus, Warren Lee, Dr. Marcelo Urquia and Dr. Jeff Perl.

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