University of Regina researchers awarded more than $400,000 in grants

News Release Release Date: January 8, 2014 2:45 p.m.

Researchers at the University of Regina have received new federal and provincial funding, and some of it will be used to study ways of reducing unnecessary pain-related suffering among older people, especially those with dementia. This research is being led by Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, psychology professor and Director of the Centre on Aging and Health at the University of Regina.

Hadjistavropoulos received $59,687 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), funding that has been matched by the Saskatchewan Innovation and Science Fund, bringing the total to $119,374. 

“This will help us address the urgent crisis of inadequately assessed and under-managed pain, as well as psychological risk factors related to falls and injury prevention. This increases our international research competitiveness,” Hadjistavropoulos says.

Assistant professor in the Department of Biology, Dr. Josef Buttigieg, has been awarded $79,808 by CFI for the Oxygen Stress Research Laboratory to study neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, stroke and spinal cord injury. That funding was matched by the Saskatchewan Innovation and Science Fund.

Assistant professor in the Department of Biology, Dr. Andrew Cameron, was awarded $75,501 by CFI to study the genetic mechanisms that control bacterial diseases. That funding was also matched by the Saskatchewan Innovation and Science Fund.

“This funding demonstrates a continued show of excellence from Dr. Hadjistavropoulos and the exciting development of two of our new outstanding professors, Drs. Cameron and Buttigieg in the Department of Biology. CFI is extremely competitive nationally and to have three of our professors receiving these awards is further proof of the research strengths of the University of Regina,” says Vice-President (Research), Dr. David Malloy. 

CFI, created by the Government of Canada, operates as an independent body and funds research and technology development that benefits Canadians.

The Innovation and Science Fund is intended to promote excellence in research at Saskatchewan’s post-secondary institutions and associated non-profit research institutes; promote research and development partnerships among post-secondary institutions, governments and the private sector; leverage federal research funding for Saskatchewan by ensuring that institutions are able to effectively compete in national research funding competitions; and improve the province’s ability to attract and retain high quality scientists and researchers.


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