Research Funding

Research integral to highest quality patient care

The Department of Medicine is home to grant and industry funded research in all areas of internal medicine. Our members’ research efforts are recognized around the world and attract more than $15 million in funding annually–15% of Dalhousie Medical School's total funding. As a department, we have research strengths in geriatric medicine, neurology, cardiology and infectious diseases.

University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF)

The University Internal Medicine Research Foundation was established to fund excellence in general internal medicine research at Dalhousie and its affiliated research institutions.

The Department of Medicine is one of only a few clinical departments at Dalhousie to provide research funding. This funding enables investigators to establish or grow their research efforts and to attract additional grants or industry sponsors.


Supporting research efforts

Awards are available to new and established investigators in four categories: bridge/pilot funding, junior investigator funding, fellowships and summer studentships. For more information, email domresearch@nshealth.ca, or visit the UIMRF page.

As part of our efforts to increase research in the Department of Medicine, we've committed to supporting and enabling funding opportunities for investigators at all stages of their careers. This is in keeping with our belief that research is integral to the highest quality patient care.

CIHR Project Grant competitions

Spring 2019 Project Grant Competition

$4.48 million to Department of Medicine researcher – Dr. Sudeep Shivakumar

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) released the results of their Spring 2019 Project Grant competition, with 382 grants awarded, totaling $275 million. With a Canadian success rate of 15.6%, Nova Scotia had 61 applications, 9 of which were funded, for a 14.8% success rate. Eight of the nine researchers were affiliated with Dalhousie University, IWK and Nova Scotia Health Authority, and received $9.27 million in funding. We are very pleased to announce that one of those projects is led by a DoM researcher.

Nominated Principal Investigator Dr. Sudeep Shivakumar was awarded $4,482,900 (NSHA) for
EPCAT III - Extended Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis Comparing Rivaroxaban and Aspirin to Aspirin Alone Following Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty.

 

Fall 2018 Project Grant Competition

$321,000 to Department of Medicine researcher – Dr. Karthik Tennankore

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) released the results of their Fall 2018 Project Grant competition, with 371 grants awarded, totalling $275 million. With a Canadian success rate of 14.9%, Nova Scotia had 46 applications, 6 of which were funded, for a 13% success rate. The six researchers, all affiliated with Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Health Authority, received $3.25 million in funding. We are very pleased to announce that one of those projects is led by a DoM researcher.

Nominated Principal Investigator Dr. Karthik Tennankore was awarded $321,300 (NSHA) for
Frailty and the Kidney Transplant Wait List.

 

Department of Medicine UIMRF Grant Awards

Department of Medicine University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF) has awarded the following funding for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Name Division Program / Award Project Description
Leah Cahill, PhD Howard Webster Research Chair DoM UIMRF Junior Department Member Eating Frequency and Timing as a Predictor of Developing Type 2 Diabetes
Clove Haviva, PhD Geriatric Medicine Internal Fellowship How Does Religiosity Influence the Health of Middle-Aged and Older Adults Across Levels of Frailty?
Dr. Benjamin Whatley Neurology External Fellowship Validating an Automatic Detector for EEG High Frequency Oscillations
AND
Evaluating the Clinical Utility and Impact of EEG Video Telemetry
Dr. Jasmine Mah PGY3 CIP Internal Fellowship - Clinical Investigator Program

Department of Medicine UIMRF Grant Awards

Department of Medicine University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF) has awarded the following funding for the 2017-2018 academic year:

Name Division Program / Award Project Description
Dr. Gabrielle Horne Cardiology DoM UIMRF Junior Department Member Cardio-Aortic Mechanics in Genetically Triggered Aortopathy
Scott Kehler, PhD Dr. Kenneth Rockwood's Lab, Geriatric Medicine Internal Fellowship (renewal for 2nd year) Frailty and Cardiac Rehabilitation: Do Sedentary and Physical Activity Behaviors Impact Outcomes?
Dr. Amanda Vinson Nephrology DoM UIMRF Matching Funds award Kidney Graft Loss in Female Recipients of Male Kidneys: The Effect of Pre-Transplant Pregnancy
Dr. Jennifer Jones Digestive Care & Endoscopy DoM UIMRF Pilot Funding Impact of Stakeholder-Defined Access Barriers on Healthcare Resource Use and Disease-Related Outcomes: Application of a Patient-oriented Systems Mapping Approach

Department of Medicine UIMRF Grant Awards

Department of Medicine University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF) has awarded the following funding for the 2016-2017 academic year:

Name Division Program / Award Project Description
D. Scott Kehler* University of Manitoba Dr. Kenneth Rockwood’s lab, Geriatric Medicine Internal Fellowship Frailty and Cardiac Rehabilitation: Do Sedentary and Physical Activity Behaviors Impact Outcomes?
Dr. Caitlin Lees PGY3 Internal Fellowship (2nd year) Clinical Investigator Program (CIP), Dalhousie University
Cindy Forbes, PhD Chris Blanchard’s lab Internal Fellowship (Renewal 2nd year) Improving Cancer Survivors’ Quality of Life Using an Integrative eHealth/mHealth Platform
Dr. Amir AbdelWahab Cardiology Junior Department Member Validation of a Real-Time Localization Algorithm for Ventricular Tachycardia using the 12-lead Electrocardiogram
Dr. Doug Hayami Cardiology Junior Department Member Optimized Exercise Training in Breast Cancer Survivors Pilot Study
Dr. Nathan Lamond Medical Oncology Junior Department Member Malnutrition and Chemo-radiotherapy Outcomes in Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancer Patients: A Prospective Cohort Study
*Scott Kehler subsequently received a Dalhousie Killam Award and a CIHR Fellowship, thereby decreasing the UIMRF award by the amount of the external awards.

Department of Medicine UIMRF Grant Awards

Department of Medicine University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF) has awarded the following funding for the 2015-2016 academic year:

Name Division Program / Award Project description
Dr. Caitlin Lees PGY3 CIP Internal Fellowship - Clinical Investigator Program (CIP)
Dr. Alexandra Legge PGY2 CIP Internal Fellowship - Clinical Investigator Program (CIP)
Cindy Forbes, PhD Dr. Chris Blanchard's Lab Internal Fellowship Award Improving Cancer Survivors' Quality of Life Using an Integrative eHealth / mHealth Platform
Dr. Ciorsti MacIntyre Cardiology External Fellowship Award Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia: Assessment of therapeutic options
Dr. Ferhan Siddiqi Endocrinology & Metabolism Junior Department Member Award Epigenetic Markers in Diabetic Nephropathy
Dr. Karthik Tennankore Nephrology Junior Department Member Award Frailty and the Transplant Wait List

 

Department of Medicine UIMRF Grant Awards

Department of Medicine University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF) has awarded the following funding for 2014:

Name Division Funding agency Project description
Martin Gardner Cardiology CDHA Research Fund Genetic and Cellular Investigation of a Novel Familial Case of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy
Miroslaw Rajda Cardiology CDHA Research Fund EXercise to Prevent Anthracycline-based Cardio-Toxicity (EXACT) Study
Lisa Barrett Infectious Diseases DoM UIMRF Junior Dept Member Understanding Poor Vaccine Responses: Transcriptomics of Vaccine Failure in HIV Infection
Robyn Macfarlane Medical Oncology DoM UIMRF Junior Dept Member Prostate Cancer Environmental Correlates of Activity and Sedentary Time (PROSTATE) Pilot Study
Nerissa Campbell Cardiovascular Research Unit DoM UIMRF Internal Fellowship Cardiac Rehabilitation Sedentary Behaviour Correlates (CARES)

2018-2019

Department of Medicine UIMRF Grant Awards

Department of Medicine University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF) has awarded the following funding for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Name Division Program / Award Project Description
Leah Cahill, PhD Howard Webster Research Chair DoM UIMRF Junior Department Member Eating Frequency and Timing as a Predictor of Developing Type 2 Diabetes
Clove Haviva, PhD Geriatric Medicine Internal Fellowship How Does Religiosity Influence the Health of Middle-Aged and Older Adults Across Levels of Frailty?
Dr. Benjamin Whatley Neurology External Fellowship Validating an Automatic Detector for EEG High Frequency Oscillations
AND
Evaluating the Clinical Utility and Impact of EEG Video Telemetry
Dr. Jasmine Mah PGY3 CIP Internal Fellowship - Clinical Investigator Program

2017-2018

Department of Medicine UIMRF Grant Awards

Department of Medicine University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF) has awarded the following funding for the 2017-2018 academic year:

Name Division Program / Award Project Description
Dr. Gabrielle Horne Cardiology DoM UIMRF Junior Department Member Cardio-Aortic Mechanics in Genetically Triggered Aortopathy
Scott Kehler, PhD Dr. Kenneth Rockwood's Lab, Geriatric Medicine Internal Fellowship (renewal for 2nd year) Frailty and Cardiac Rehabilitation: Do Sedentary and Physical Activity Behaviors Impact Outcomes?
Dr. Amanda Vinson Nephrology DoM UIMRF Matching Funds award Kidney Graft Loss in Female Recipients of Male Kidneys: The Effect of Pre-Transplant Pregnancy
Dr. Jennifer Jones Digestive Care & Endoscopy DoM UIMRF Pilot Funding Impact of Stakeholder-Defined Access Barriers on Healthcare Resource Use and Disease-Related Outcomes: Application of a Patient-oriented Systems Mapping Approach

2016-2017

Department of Medicine UIMRF Grant Awards

Department of Medicine University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF) has awarded the following funding for the 2016-2017 academic year:

Name Division Program / Award Project Description
D. Scott Kehler* University of Manitoba Dr. Kenneth Rockwood’s lab, Geriatric Medicine Internal Fellowship Frailty and Cardiac Rehabilitation: Do Sedentary and Physical Activity Behaviors Impact Outcomes?
Dr. Caitlin Lees PGY3 Internal Fellowship (2nd year) Clinical Investigator Program (CIP), Dalhousie University
Cindy Forbes, PhD Chris Blanchard’s lab Internal Fellowship (Renewal 2nd year) Improving Cancer Survivors’ Quality of Life Using an Integrative eHealth/mHealth Platform
Dr. Amir AbdelWahab Cardiology Junior Department Member Validation of a Real-Time Localization Algorithm for Ventricular Tachycardia using the 12-lead Electrocardiogram
Dr. Doug Hayami Cardiology Junior Department Member Optimized Exercise Training in Breast Cancer Survivors Pilot Study
Dr. Nathan Lamond Medical Oncology Junior Department Member Malnutrition and Chemo-radiotherapy Outcomes in Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancer Patients: A Prospective Cohort Study
*Scott Kehler subsequently received a Dalhousie Killam Award and a CIHR Fellowship, thereby decreasing the UIMRF award by the amount of the external awards.

2015-2016

Department of Medicine UIMRF Grant Awards

Department of Medicine University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF) has awarded the following funding for the 2015-2016 academic year:

Name Division Program / Award Project description
Dr. Caitlin Lees PGY3 CIP Internal Fellowship - Clinical Investigator Program (CIP)
Dr. Alexandra Legge PGY2 CIP Internal Fellowship - Clinical Investigator Program (CIP)
Cindy Forbes, PhD Dr. Chris Blanchard's Lab Internal Fellowship Award Improving Cancer Survivors' Quality of Life Using an Integrative eHealth / mHealth Platform
Dr. Ciorsti MacIntyre Cardiology External Fellowship Award Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia: Assessment of therapeutic options
Dr. Ferhan Siddiqi Endocrinology & Metabolism Junior Department Member Award Epigenetic Markers in Diabetic Nephropathy
Dr. Karthik Tennankore Nephrology Junior Department Member Award Frailty and the Transplant Wait List

 

2014

Department of Medicine UIMRF Grant Awards

Department of Medicine University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF) has awarded the following funding for 2014:

Name Division Funding agency Project description
Martin Gardner Cardiology CDHA Research Fund Genetic and Cellular Investigation of a Novel Familial Case of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy
Miroslaw Rajda Cardiology CDHA Research Fund EXercise to Prevent Anthracycline-based Cardio-Toxicity (EXACT) Study
Lisa Barrett Infectious Diseases DoM UIMRF Junior Dept Member Understanding Poor Vaccine Responses: Transcriptomics of Vaccine Failure in HIV Infection
Robyn Macfarlane Medical Oncology DoM UIMRF Junior Dept Member Prostate Cancer Environmental Correlates of Activity and Sedentary Time (PROSTATE) Pilot Study
Nerissa Campbell Cardiovascular Research Unit DoM UIMRF Internal Fellowship Cardiac Rehabilitation Sedentary Behaviour Correlates (CARES)