Researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) will embark on 21 new projects designed to accelerate discoveries of benefit to human health, thanks to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fall 2023 Project Grants Competition. The RI-MUHC teams received over $13.65 million in project funding.

Across Canada, the competition has approved 374 research grants plus six bridge grants for a total investment of approximately $325 million. In addition, 150 priority announcement grants were funded for a total amount of over $16.42 million and 14 supplemental prizes were awarded for a total of $450K.

Congratulations to RI-MUHC grant recipients and their teams!


  • Carolyn Baglole
    Decoding how the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) controls cigarette smoke-induced lung inflammation and development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Yen-I Chen, Nauzer Forbes
    A novel through-the-scope exchangeable double balloon catheter to guide endoscopic bypass: a practice-changing technology in the management of malignant gastric outlet obstruction
  • Nathalie Lamarche-Vane
    Netrin-1 receptor "deleted in colorectal cancer" (DCC) signalosome in axonal development
  • Monzur Murshed
    Understanding how a novel mutation in matrix Gla protein causes skeletal anomalies
  • Cristian O'Flaherty
    Sperm capacitation: A brand new perspective to tackle idiopathic male infertility
  • Madhukar Pai
    Empowering informal healthcare providers to detect tuberculosis using tongue swabs: a field-based, open-label, cluster randomized trial in India
  • Ciriaco A. Piccirillo
    Modelling of human FOXP3+ regulatory T cell functional development in health and disease using artificial thymic organoids.
  • Christian E. Rocheleau
    Understanding polarized EGFR trafficking and signal regulation by RAB-10/8 and AP-1
  • Shaifali Sandal
    A health systems approach to improve the care of kidney transplant recipients with graft failure
  • Per Jesper Sjöström
    Unconventional NMDAR Signalling
  • Per Jesper Sjöström
    Neocortical Circuits in Health and Disease
  • Tomoko Takano, Ciriaco A. Piccirillo
    Pathogenesis of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome: defining the role of B cells and autoantibodies reactive to podocyte proteins
  • George Thanassoulis
    Genomics of Aortic Stenosis - An International Collaboration
  • Rhian M. Touyz
    Vascular redox signaling and Nox5 define the vasculome in hypertension
  • Jacquetta M. Trasler
    Detecting and preventing epigenetic defects and adverse health outcomes associated with assisted reproduction


Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies

  • Andrea Benedetti, Brett D. Thombs
    Recovering from the COVID-19 Pandemic, Informing Future Public Health Crises, and Building a Global Evidence Base for Mental Health Research: A Systematic Review of COVID-19-related Mental Health

Project Grant - Priority Announcement: Health and Climate Change

  • Sasha R. Bernatsky, Hong Chen, Audrey Smargiassi, Juan A. Avina-Zubieta
    Environmental factors and risk of autoimmune rheumatic disease incidence and serology

Sex and Gender in Health Research (Bridge funding)

  • Stella S. Daskalopoulou
    Identifying the Role of Sex Hormones in Carotid Atherosclerotic Plaque Instability

Research in human development, child and/or youth health in Indigenous populations

  • Patricia T. Li, Ryan Giroux, Matthew Carwana, Gita Wahi, Tania Principi, Samina Ali, Ananya T. Banerjee, Evelyn Constantin, Ugochinyere Viv Ukah, Brett S. Burstein, Suzette R. Cooke, Gabrielle Freire, Christina I. Maratta, Jessica L. Foulds, Olivier Drouin, Nathalie Orr-Gaucher, April Kam, Shazeen Suleman
    Race, Ethnicity, Indigenous identity and Language preference for Pediatric research in the hospital setting (REIaL-P)


  • Nitika Pai, Qihuang Zhang, Samira Abbasgholizadeh Rahimi, Nora Engel, Suma Nair, Susan J. Bartlett
    Feasibility of AnkaSmart!: a wearable-based innovation to improve sexual and reproductive health of young adult populations in India


  • Jeremy Van Raamsdonk
    Role of biological resilience pathways in longevity and neuroprotection

Learn more on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research website

—Published February 16, 2024