Government of Canada invests over $3.7M in innovative health research projects at the University of Regina

Posted on October 20th, 2017

While touring facilities at the University of Regina on October 11, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made an announcement on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health.

The Government of Canada awarded three grants to university researchers that will total over $3.7 million. These research projects will help address the challenges facing Indigenous youth, people living with Parkinson’s disease, and people who receive mental health care.

Dr. Mohan Babu, an associate professor at the University of Regina, will use his $1.9M grant to shed light on the genes linked to Parkinson’s disease.

This work will yield new models, provide valuable data, facilitate the discovery of potential new therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative disorders, and inspire further research into novel treatments.

Depression and anxiety are prevalent and disabling conditions that often go untreated. Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos and her team will use internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (ICBT), a relatively new approach to treatment, to increase the potential for patients to access important mental health care more conveniently online, with weekly therapist support by secure phone calls or email. Dr. Hadjistavropoulos’s work is supported by a grant of $971,000.

Finally, Dr. Tarun Katapally will use his $772,000 grant to study how to adopt culturally appropriate ways to integrate physical activity into the daily lives of Indigenous youth to foster better physical, mental and emotional health.

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