Recent Projects

Research we have supported

One of the key ways that WCHRI supports research excellence is through competitive grant funding. Our competitive grant programs and partnership strategies facilitate the use of our resources in a way that maximizes impact and leverages funds from other partners and agencies.

Below are a few brief descriptions of some of the exciting, WCHRI supported research our academic and trainee members have carried out.

Exploring the experiences of Indigenous women

Vera Caine was awarded a WCHRI Seed grant to study the experience of Indigenous women who have faced perinatal loss. Caine and her research assistant, Roxanne Tootoosis, sought to address how health care practices, bereavement programs and policies can be improved for Indigenous women that have experienced this tragedy.

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Graduate Studentship grant leads to great career opportunities

Krista MacDonald received a WCHRI Graduate Studentship grant, allowing her to actively participate in a pediatric research project. Krista worked with WCHRI members to study possible correlations between Vitamin D intake and health factors in obese children. To do this, their team studied two groups — children with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and children with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS).

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Studying the evolution of a group of deadly parasites

Christen Klinger, as a WCHRI Summer and Graduate Studentship awardee, is studying the evolution of a deadly parasite: Apicomplexa. These parasites carry a pathogen that contributes to malaria and Toxoplasma gondii, which can have serious consequences for children (and their mothers). Through the study of this parasite, Klinger hopes to help limit the health impacts suffered by those infected by the disease. Klinger has been awarded the prestigious Vanier Canada scholarship and will continue studying the parasite in Glasgow, Scotland

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Mechanical heart research

Dr. Jennifer Conway is studying antibodies that develop after a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) implant as they may be detrimental to a transplant. She is trying to determine if the antibodies are created by the patient or are a bi-product of the blood products used for implantation. The goal is to increase the usage of donor organs as well as creating a VAP repository to look at long term outcomes in patients.

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