The Research Strategic Initiative Funding Program Request for Application (RFA) is a competitive call to fund new research areas of high strategic priority to build capacity and expand the research base at Hamilton Health Sciences. The goal of the strategy is to promote and support emerging programs of research to reach national or international stature within the next 5 to 10 years.
This past RFA round proved to be highly competitive drawing in 11 letters of intent, of which 8 were invited to submit a full proposal. Following a peer-review evaluation process, three investigators were awarded funding.
These three top researchers are committed to building programmes of research that could affect many of us at different stages of our lives. Each has received a three-year grant to expand their research in the following areas:
Dr. Richard Whitlock is a Principal Investigator for the Perioperative & Surgery Program at the Population Health Research Institute and a Cardiac Surgeon at the Hamilton General Hospital. Dr. Whitlock is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Surgery at McMaster University. Dr. Whitlock and his team will look at the prevention of early and late illness/disease and mortality related to atrial fibrillation and stroke in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Two studies will examine the management of atrial fibrillation and the incidence and impact of atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery. (Funding award $300,000.)
Dr. Maureen Meade is a critical care consultant in the multidisciplinary intensive care units at Hamilton Health Sciences, and has the role of Research Director in Critical Care. She is a Professor of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McMaster University. Doctor Meade’s research will examine the process of organ transplants in Canada. She aims to build a national research program that will optimize the medical management of organ donors. A national program will maximize organ availability and transplant opportunities, improve transplant function, and enhance the quality of life and survival of transplant recipients with the hopes of determining the most pressing donor management strategies. (Funding award $298,110.)
Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou is a Geriatric Medicine Specialist at HHS St Peter’s Hospital and a Professor of Medicine at McMaster University in the Division of Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Papaioannou holds a joint appointment in the Division of Rheumatology and is an associate member in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Medical Sciences. Dr. Papaioannou and her team will focus their study on frailty: the early signs, how it can be measured, and possible interventions for preventing or improving frailty in seniors. (Funding award $297,362.)