Recent Grants

Recipient Organization 2016 2015 2014
University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver: Funding of a study to sequence genes in infants and children resistant to current anti-epileptic medication. Current anti-seizure medications have little effect on 30-40% of children with epilepsy, and in some patients may aggravate symptoms. This study will use next-generation sequencing to study the entire genome of such children, the findings from which will inform diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. $100,000 over three years, 2014-16. $33,000 $33,000 $34,000
Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto: Preeclampsia - Heparin research. Preeclampsia affects about 5% of women in pregnancy, resulting in about 500,000 deaths per year. Heparin is the current standard pharmaceutical treatment, and while effective, it also has some significant side-effects. This research at Mt. Sinai Hopsital, in partnershp with the Karolinska Institute (Sweden) and pharmaco Dilafor will seek develop a next generation Heparin with fewer side-effects while maintaining the effectiveness as a tretament for preeclampsia. $200,000 over three years, 2015-17. $40,000 $60,000  
University of British Columbia, Vancouver: Sleep apnea oximeter. Sleep apnea occurs in 2-6% of children and is most pronounced ages 2-5. Sleep apnea is a periodic cessation of breathing leading to disrupted sleep and low oxygenation, both can lead to developmental, behavioural, and learning delays. Nornal diagnosis requires a child to spend several nights in a customised sleep lab hooked up to sensor. This is both expensive, sometimes traumatic, and generally a limited resource available only in the largest cities. This grant will to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program in the Faculty of Medicine will fund the development and testing of a smartphone based app and simple accessory to measure blood oxygenation in an at-home environment. It is surmised that blood oxygenation will be a close proxy reprepsenting quality of sleep. $135,500 over three-years, 2015-17. $40,000 $60,000  
University of British Columbia, Vancouver: SmartMom smartphone pregnancy info app. Young mothers now increasingly turn to online sources for pregnancy information. However, there is a wide range in the accuracy and quality of such information be it of academic or commercial intent. This grant will fund a trial of the SmartMom service to send a study population of pregnant women, by text and/or email, simple actionable health and nutritional information (UBC Faculty of Medicine) timed to their gestational progress. $66,600 over three years, 2015-17. $22,295 $15,000  
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Toronto: Post-doctoral fellowship in Child and Brain Development: In a program jointly and equally funded by CIFAR, this grant will fund two post-doctoral research fellows for two years in association with CIFAR's program in Chid and Brain Development. $100,000 over two years, 2015-16. $45,000 $55,000  
Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, Edmonton: Funding of a double blind trial of natural health product (broccoli sprouts) as a nutritional supplement during pregnancy to counter post-natal developmental deficits. The roots of developmental (neurological) disabilities such as cerebral palsy, vision and/or hearing loss, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD occur substantially in utero. Based on proof of principle in rat models, this study will examine the developmental outcomes in human infants born of mothers who consumer broccoli sprouts, naturally containing phase-2 enzyme inducers, that kick start human anti-oxidant production that minimises intra-uterine stress and its impact on fetal-brain development. Extension of 2011-2013 funding. $150,000 over three years 2015-2017. $40,000 $60,000  
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto: Funding research into the role of placental serotonin in prenatal brain development. Serotonin has a major impact in utero on fetal neural development, that is, how the brain becomes wired for lifetime. Recent research in the US found that the placenta, not mothers, to be the major source of serotonin affecting prenatal brain development. This research, building on the results from animal models, will further study the serotonin-neural development relationship using data and tissue available from the Ontario Birth Study. $150,000 over three years, 2014-16. $50,000 deferred $50,000
Child Development Institute, Toronto - Mothers in Mind: An Intervention for Abused Women and Their Young Children. An evaluation of a 10-week intervention program to treat young mothers who have experienced abuse identified as an obstacle in their own child-rearing. $120,000 over three years, 2012-14.     $40,000
Simon Fraser University - Burnaby: "Neurophysiological connectivity for early autism detection" - Support for a program to develop novel, inexpensive and deployable means to detect Autism Spectrum Disorder. $166,298 over 3 years, 2016-2018. $49,298    
Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver: "Oral Probiotic Supplementation in Pregnancy and Its Impact on Reducing Infant Exposure to Antibiotics at Birth" - Funding of a study that will determine if taking oral probiotic supplement during pregnancy beginning at 25 weeks gestation can reduce the incidence of Group B streptococcus (GBS) at 35-37 weeks gestation. $118,479 over 3 years, 2017-2019. deferred    
p.i.n.e project - Toronto: "Oaks and Acorns Instructor Training" - Support for a program to develop a training course to empower educators with the tools to bring children and families into direct, consistent connection with nature. $120,000 over 3 years, 2016-2018. $40,000    
Other (miscellaneous small grants, each under $5,001) $36,423 $36,307 $31,140
Total grants in the fiscal years ending December 31 $396,016 $319,307 $155,140

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