UBC Psychology researchers awarded $3.6M in CIHR funding

Rat brain under microscope

Rat brain under microscope

UBC Psychology is home to the newest recipients of funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

Congratulations goes out to the UBC Psychology researchers who have been awarded $3.6M to advance their research through CIHR’s Project Grant: Fall 2019 Competition.

The Project Grant competition, one of CIHR’s flagship funding programs, supports multi-year grants for researchers at various stages in their careers as they conduct research projects that cover the full range of health research topics.

Project grant recipients are leaders in their fields and their projects tackle pressing health issues, such as healthy aging, sex differences in the brain, mind wandering and brain connectivity, and hormones and brain health.

Congratulations to our researchers who received funding:

Kalina Christoff

Investigating the Dynamics of Thought using Brain Connectivity and Experience Sampling
UBC Principal Investigator: Kalina Christoff (UBC Psychology)
Amount: $795,600
Co-Investigators: Jessica Andrews-Hanna (University of Arizona, Tucson), Mariam Aly (Columbia University), Caitlin Mills (University of New Hamsphire)
Collaborator: Anita DeLongis (UBC Psychology)

Christiane Hoppmann

Allies in Health: Social-cognitive predictors of everyday health behaviors in older dyads
UBC Principal Investigator: Christiane Hoppmann (UBC Psychology):
Amount: $432,224
Co-Investigators: Maureen Ashe (UBC Medicine), Kenneth Madden (UBC Medicine), Rachel Murphy (UBC Medicine), and Denis Gerstorf (Humboldt University)

Liisa Galea

Liisa Galea

Sex Matters: Understanding Sex Differences in Exercise Efficacy on Brain Health in Mild Cognitive Impairment
UBC Principal Investigators: Teresa Liu-Ambrose (UBC Medicine); Liisa Galea (UBC Psychology)
Amount: $661,724

Co-Investigators: Cindy Barha (UBC Medicine), Louis Bherer (University of Montreal), Jennifer Davis (UBC Okanagan), Giny-Yuek Hsiung (UBC Medicine), Arthur Kramer (University of Illinois), Eli Puterman (UBC), Joel Singer (UBC Medicine)

Kiran Soma

Neurosteroid regulation of executive function
UBC Principal Investigator: Kiran Soma (UBC Psychology)
Amount: $956,250
Co-Investigator: Stan Floresco (UBC Psychology)

Effects of added sucrose on hormones, neural circuits, and behaviour
UBC Principal Investigator: Kiran Soma (UBC Psychology)
Amount: $761,175
Stan Floresco (UBC Psychology)

“This funding from CIHR is absolutely critical for our research on how hormones affect cognition and brain health. The funds will support the salaries and research expenses of trainees and research staff in my lab. We look forward to all the exciting discoveries these funds will permit!”
Professor, UBC Psychology

In addition, Noah Silverberg, who joins UBC Psychology from UBC Psychiatry in July 2020, received $749,700 for his research project Mobilizing early management of mental health complications after mild traumatic brain injury (M4).

The Project Grant: Fall 2019 Competition awarded 385 Full Project Grants for a total investment of $275M, including 50 projects led by UBC researchers.