Congratulations CIHR Grant Recipients!


Congratulations to our OBGYN investigators who were awarded funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant Fall 2020 competition.

Project Grants

Project: “Role of Female Sex Hormones on Aging in Women Living with HIV.” Principal Investigator: Dr Melanie Murray; UBC OBGYN Co-investigator: Dr. Chelsea Elwood $382,500 / 5 years.

Project: “It takes two to tango: Parental obesity and sex-specific impacts on placental development.”  Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Alexander Beristain with  Dr. Deborah M Sloboda (McMaster University). $856,800 / 5 years.

Project: “Prostate cancer risk stratification for active surveillance using computer-aided analysis of histopathology and transcriptomics” Principal Investigator: Ali Bashashati (Affiliate UBC OBGYN member). $906,525 / 5 years.

Project “Tailored adjuvant therapy in POLE-mutated and p53-wildtype early stage endometrial cancer (TAPER)” Co-Principal Investigator: Jessica McAlpine UBC OBGYN Co-Investigators: David Huntsman and Aline Talhouk. $1,082,474 / 6 years.


Operating Grants: COVID-19 Research Gaps and Priorities

Project: “All-cause and cause-specific acute morbidity attributable to Covid-19 epidemic, severe Covid-19 symptoms, and adverse birth outcomes in Canada.” Principal Investigator: Dr. Sarka Lisonkova; UBC OBGYN Co-investigators: Dr. Amélie Boutin, Dr. Wee-Shian Chan, Dr. K.S. Joseph and Dr. Giulia Muraca. $168,300 / 2 years.


CIHR Project Grants – Priority Announcement Bridge Grants

Project: “Every maternal death counts: understanding driving safety in pregnant and post-partum women.” Principal Investigator: Dr. Jennifer Hutcheon. $75,000 / 1 year.

Project: “Teaching by Texting to Promote Healthy Behaviours in Pregnancy.” Principal Investigator: Dr. Patricia Janssen (Affiliate UBC OBGYN member); UBC OBGYN Co-investigators: Dr. Arianne Albert, Dr. Sarah Munro. $100,000 / 1 year.

Project: “The CART PREG-Epi Study: Pandemic Reproductive health and health Equity-Guidance from Epidemiology to improve reproductive, perinatal, and maternal mental health and substance use care.” Principal Investigator: Dr. Wendy Norman (Affiliate UBC OBGYN Member) UBC OBGYN Co-investigator: Dr. Jennifer Hutcheon. $100,000 / 1 year.


We would also like to congratulate all other department researchers who collaborated or were co-investigators on projects awarded funding.

View the full CIHR Project Grant results.

View the full list of CIHR Institute Priority Announcement grant recipients.

View the CIHR summary of fall 2020 Project Grant results