Pharmacy Faculty receives new CIHR and CDA grants


Media Release: June 13, 2012

Members of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC) will receive grants from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA).

Dr. Fawziah Marra, professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is part of a research team that will receive funding through CIHR’s Partnerships for Health System Improvement Grant Competition. Their project explores text messaging as a means to enhance latent tuberculosis treatment. “Patients with latent tuberculosis infection are treated for at least nine months,” Dr. Marra says. “Mobile technology is a great way to make sure they adhere to their medication regiment, and we’re very excited to evaluate its effectiveness in real life.”

Dr. Kathleen MacLeod, professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, will receive three years of funding from the CDA for a research project that investigates diabetic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease that affects patients with diabetes and makes them more susceptible to heart attacks. “This funding will make a big difference to our research,” says Dr. MacLeod. “Our hope is to identify new therapeutic targets for this disease, which currently has no specific treatment.”

Ying Wang, a doctoral student in the Faculty, is also receiving a grant from the CDA. Ying is the winner of a CDA Doctoral Student Research Award, funding her project “Metabolic basis for diabetic heart disease: role of cardiac lipoprotein lipase” until 2014.

The Canadian Institute of Health Research was created by the Canadian government in 2000 to fund health research in Canada. To learn more about the Canadian Institute of Health Research, please visit cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

The Canadian Diabetes Association has supported diabetes research and helped those with diabetes live healthier lives for over 50 years. To learn more about the Canadian Diabetes Association, please visit diabetes.ca.

Established in 1946, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia advances knowledge, health outcomes and the profession of pharmacy leading to enhanced societal benefit and optimal patient care. With more than 5,000 alumni, the Faculty specializes in pharmacy education, research and practice.

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