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St. Michael’s investigators score big

Toronto, July 7, 2014

By Evelyne Jhung

Duminda N. Wijeysundera, Yvonne Bombard, Darrell Tan and Joanna Sale
(Clockwise, from top left) Duminda N. Wijeysundera, Yvonne Bombard, Darrell Tan and Joanna Sale.

St. Michael’s researchers nabbed just over 11 per cent of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research salary awards in the latest round of competition.

Of the 249 salary applications from across Canada, CIHR funded 52 awards. Of those 52, six hail from St. Michael’s – an 11.5 per cent success rate. Congratulations to:

Dr. Kim Connelly was selected as the top applicant in the Life Sciences/Non-Clinical review panel.

“The investigators are all tremendous scientists and extremely well-deserving of their awards. That six of our researchers were successful means we got more than 10 per cent of the CIHR awards from across the country – a pretty remarkable percentage for a wee hospital like us given the highly competitive nature of the CIHR peer review process,” said Dr. Andreas Lapaucis, executive director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.