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More Than $390,000 in Grants Awarded to Local Researchers

Posted: October 25, 2016

October 25, 2016 – The Health Sciences Centre Foundation is pleased to announce it will provide more than $390,000 in grants to ten new research projects this year. Awarding these grants is another way HSC Foundation donors are supporting efforts to improve patient care at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg, the flagship hospital of Manitoba’s health care system. The grants support projects that have the potential to impact diagnostics and treatment at HSC Winnipeg, and beyond.

"These research projects funded by donors not only represent the top ranked applications from new investigators, they focus on some of the key areas of care at HSC: stroke, rehabilitation, neurodegenerative disorders, physiotherapy, mental illness, and brain cancer,” says Jonathon Lyon, President and CEO of the HSC Foundation. "The Foundation is proud to support projects like these that will enhance the knowledge and expertise of our medical teams, and could one day lead to better diagnosis, treatment methods, or even cures for certain diseases.”

The grants were awarded through four different competitions: the General Operating Grant Competition, the Allied Health Grant Competition, the Dolly & Michael Gembey Nursing Research Award & Grant Competition, and the Mindel & Tom Olenick Research Award in Immunology Competition. All applications were reviewed by experts in their fields from HSC Winnipeg.

Dr. Eftekhar Eftekharpour, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Regenerative Medicine Program in the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology on the HSC campus. He and his team have been awarded one of the Foundation’s General Operating Grants, receiving $70,000 to study if a newly developed antioxidant protein can decrease cell death and improve stem cell response in brain tissue of patients recovering from stroke, ultimately improving patient recovery. Technology and expertise in HSC’s Kleysen Institute for Advanced Medicine will enable Dr. Eftekharpour and his team to view and assess the cells with state-of-the-art imaging techniques.

"We are grateful for the support of the HSC Foundation, as they have been one of the most important contributors to establishing our research in Manitoba,” says Dr. Eftekharpour. "We are hopeful that the research will lead to an improvement on currently available therapies, and the quality of life for patients.”
CLICK HERE to view the full list of grant recipients, and the research they will be undertaking.

Since 1981, HSC Foundation donors have provided more than 55,000 square feet of dedicated research space to support nearly 400 research projects, equipping hundreds of researchers and their teams with cutting-edge facilities and technology to carry out their important work. Supporting new and local research helps to foster a strong research community in Manitoba, and is the key to improving care for patients and their families who rely on our hospital. Calls for applications for next year’s grant competitions will occur later this fall.

The HSC Foundation continues to raise money to support more research, new equipment and training for HSC staff, and the ongoing development of the Centre for Surgical Innovation. To make a gift today in support of these efforts, please call 204-515-5612 or visit


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Jason Permanand
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HSC Foundation