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CFI awarded to ACHRI evolutionary ecology researcher

Five University of Calgary researchers have been awarded Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) awards, valued at over $1.3 million. Announced today by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, the awards will support research in the Cumming School of Medicine, the faculties of Kinesiology and Arts, and the Schulich School of Engineering. The newly funded health scholars include Amanda Melin for her field and genetics research dedicated to understanding how primates and humans are adapting to environmental changes.

Gene therapy used to treat Fabry disease

A team of Canadian physicians and researchers is believed to be the first in the world to have used gene therapy to treat a patient with Fabry disease, a rare inherited enzyme deficiency that can damage major organs and shorten lifespan.
Dr. Aneal Khan, the Alberta Health Services medical geneticist and member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Cumming School of Medicine is leading the experimental trial in Calgary.

Grant supports groundbreaking research into how chemicals affect developing brains

A recipient of the 2016 NSERC grants, this funding supports Deborah Kurrasch's groundbreaking work on how chemicals in consumer plastics affect developing brains.  Kurrasch is one of 118 UCalgary researchers to receive federal government funding for fundamental research. Watch Video of research involving zebrafish in Kurrasch lab.

Researcher seeks new treatments for childhood diseases by studying mitochondria

Cumming School’s Timothy Shutt awarded CFI funding to advance understanding of childhood conditions

All illnesses have mystery about them, because living systems are indescribably complex. But as technologies advance, we continue to understand more about the inner workings of our own bodies, and the countless ways things can go wrong.   

The University of Calgary’s Timothy Shutt, PhD, a recent recruit from Yale University, has been awarded $250,000 through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) for his work to understand childhood diseases. 

“Talented scholars like Tim Shutt make possible new and improved treatments for childhood conditions,” says Ed McCauley, vice-president (research). “This support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation will elevate Dr. Shutt’s capacity for important discoveries that will inform better health outcomes for children.”

Seeking therapeutic approaches to help mitochondrial disease patients


Medical Genetics Seminar May 4

Please note Medical Genetic Seminars are not open to the Public


Dr. Lucy O’Brien
Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

“Stem Cell Behavior in Adaptive Remodeling”

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Venue:  HSC Clara Christie Theatre


Medical Genetics Seminar May 12

Please note Medical Genetic Seminars are not open to the Public

Dr. Jan Friedman, MD, PhD
University of British Columbia

“Ten new things I learned about NF1"

Date: Friday, May 12, 2017

Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Venue:  HSC 1405A


2017 Owerko Centre Conference

June 1, 2017 | 8:15 am - 5:00 pm
Health Science Centre (HSC) Theatre One, Foothills Hospital Calgary

Finding Mental Health in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

The second annual Owerko Centre Conference brings together experts in mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders for a day of discussion and learning. Keynote speakers are Erik Willcut, PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder and Jonathan Weiss, PhD, York University.


Registration deadline: May 22, 2017

Abstract submission deadline: May 1, 2017

Registration and abstract submission

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Fax: 403-955-2701

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Phone: 403-943-8375