Novel and Exploratory Research Fund 2008/2009 - Competition Results

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) is pleased to announce the results of the 2008 - 2009 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 14 applications was received; three have been approved for funding.
The successful applicants are listed below:
  • Adeli, Khosrow (Hospital for Sick Children)
    Anti-diabetic and anti-atherogenic effects of inhibiting intestinal fructose absorption.
    Project Summary

  • Lerouge, Sophie (Université de Montréal)
    An injectable chitosan gel to decrease complications after endovascular aneurysm repair.
    Co-Investigator: Soulez, Gilles (CHUM)
    Project Summary

  • Paravicini, Tamara (Ottawa Health Research Institute)
    A potential role for salt-inducible kinase in the molecular etiology of salt-sensitive hypertension and hypertrophy. 
    Co-Investigator: Touyz, Rhian M (University of Ottawa)
    Project Summary
For more information on the initiative, please contact:
Ann Nguyen
Information/Project Coordinator, Strategic Research Initiatives 
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada 
Phone: (613) 569-4361 ext. 268