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UHN researchers have been awarded more than $27 million in grants.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) made the announcement in Calgary on Tuesday.

The grants fall into two categories: Foundation Grants and Open Operating Grants. Foundation Grants provide long-term support to Canadian researchers for research programs. Open Operating Grants provide funding for research and knowledge transfer.

Foundation Scheme grants awarded to seven UHN researchers comprise a total of $18.8 million.

The foundation grants received by UHN Researchers are for a wide range of scientific endeavours, from identifying neuronal signals in the gut and brain that influence sugar metabolism, to studying T cell activity to improve the immune system's ability to find and destroy cancer cells, to rejuvenating aged heart cells to prevent and treat heart failure.

The seven researchers are Tony Lam, Tak Mak, Pamela Ohashi, Robert Rottapel, Toni Zhong, Ren-Ke Li and Razqallah Hakem.​

Transitional Open Operating grants awarded to 13 UHN researchers comprise a total of $8.2 million.

Operating grants received by UHN Researchers also address a wide variety of healthcare initiatives, ranging from new approaches to evaluating frailty in solid organ transplantation to developing evidence for more effective handrail design to present falls and inform changes in the Canada Building Code.

The 13 researchers are Myron Cybulsky, Housheng He, Rama Khokha, Kumaraswamy Nanthakumar, Linda Penn, Lianne Singer, Robert Weersink, Minna Woo, Li Zhang, Philippe Monnier, Alison Novak, Paaladinesh Thavendiranathan and Bradly Wouters.

CIHR is composed of 13 institutes and is the government's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge to strengthen the Canadian health care system. 

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