Novel and Exploratory Research Fund - Competition Results 2009/2010

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) is pleased to announce the results of the 2009 - 2010 Novel and Exploratory Research Fund (NERF) competition.

As part of its mandate to advance research and its application, the Board of Directors of HSFC has earmarked research funds specifically for high-risk research that has the potential for momentous impacts for heart disease and stroke.
Each year the top two rated applicants from each of the HSFC’s Scientific Review Sub-committees and from the Junior and Senior Personnel Award competitions are eligible to apply. The funding is provided to investigate a research question that is high risk, speculative, and has paradigm-shifting potential. This may be a research proposal that might otherwise be considered too risky within the traditional HSFC scientific peer review system and/or may involve collaboration outside the health field.
A total of eleven applications was received; two have been approved for funding.
The successful applicants are listed below:
  • Sykes, Brian D. (University of Alberta)
    Magic angle spinning NMR studies of regulation in cardiac muscle.
  • Weitz, Jeffrey I. (McMaster University)
    Role of histidine-rich glycoprotein in the regulation of the intrinsic pathway of coagulation.
For more details about the initiative, please contact:
Ann Nguyen
Information/Project Coordinator, Strategic Research Initiatives 
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada 
Phone: (613) 569-4361 ext.  268