Foundation millions go to health research

UBC medical researchers have been granted more than $3 million of the total $3.7 million awarded recently by the B.C. Health Research Foundation (BCHRF).

The awards, most in the form of operating grants, support the work of 128 UBC researchers involved in 77 projects in the areas of population health, health services and clinical care and biomedicine.

"We're very pleased with the success of UBC researchers in the recent BCHRF competition," says Bernard Bressler, vice-president, Research.

"This funding encourages both new and established investigators to develop innovative, community-based health research projects."

Awards range in value from $14,000 for equipment to help study bone density in children to almost $75,000 to continue investigation of post-traumatic stress disorder following motor vehicle accidents.

Other projects funded include studies of anorexia nervosa and pathological obsessions.

Many projects partner investigators from UBC with their counterparts in the B.C. Cancer Agency and Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre.

Simon Fraser University received funding for eight projects. The University of Victoria received funding for nine.