Research Nova Scotia (RNS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019-2020 Development/Innovative Grant.

The Development/Innovative Grant supports health researchers working on initiatives considered to be innovative or in development as they prepare their projects for submission to targeted peer review funding competitions.

Through this year’s competition, a combined total of $179,040 has been invested in twelve researchers and their teams, financing a variety of research projects designed to support the well-being of Nova Scotians. The value of the grant is a maximum of $15,000/year for a one-year funding term.     

The competition was open to health researchers across Nova Scotian universities, and healthcare centres. Applications were reviewed by a biomedical or health policy, health science and health outcomes committee.

Please join us in congratulating the following recipients of the Development/Innovative Grant.


RecipientProject TitleFunding AmountFunding Term
Dr. Syed Sibte Raza Abidi
Faculty of Computer Science
Dalhosuie University

Team members
Brett Taylor (Co-Principal Investigator), Samina Abidi (Co-Investigator)
Digital Point-of-care Clinical Documentation in a Busy Emergency Department: An AI based Dictaphone using Intelligent Speech Recognition$15,000.001 year 
Dr. Mark Asbridge
Department of Community Health and Epidemiology
Dalhousie University

Team members
Maria Wilson (Associate)
Developing an evaluation framework for prescription monitoring programs in Canada$14,200.001 year
Dr. John Frampton
School of Biomedical Engineering
Dalhousie University

Team members
Graham Dellaire (Co-Principal Investigator)
Development and validation of a three-dimensional culture system for modeling the prostate cancer microenvironment$14,986.001 year
Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal
Department of Biology
Mount Saint Vincent University
The impact of whole body vibrations on the developing embryo$15,000.001 year
Dr. Jamie Livingston
Department of Criminology
Saint Mary’s University

Team members
Diane Crocker (Co-Investigator)
Examining victims’ needs in the forensic mental health context$15,000.001 year
Dr. Sara King
Faculty of Education
Mount Saint Vincent University

Team members
Krista Ritchie (Co-Principal Investigator), Melissa McGonnell
(Co-Investigator), Christine Doe (Co-Investigator),
Penny Corkum (Mentor)
Paging Dr. Google: Availability and Reliability of Online Evidence-Based Treatment Information about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. $15,000.001 year
Dr. Jesse-Lee McIsaac
Faculty of Education and Department of
Child and Youth Study
Mount Saint Vincent University

Team members
Misty Rossiter (Co-Principal Investigator), Sara Kirk (Co-Investigator),
Linda Mann (Co-Investigator), Joan Turner (Co-Investigator),
Anne-Marie Smith (Partner), Callie Cooper (Partner),
Trudy Reid (Partner)
Establishing a current state assessment of healthy eating practices across early learning environments: A foundation to mobilize knowledge-to-action$14,854.001 year
Ms. Rebecca Moyer
School of Physiotherapy
Dalhousie University

Team members
Cheryl Kozey (Co-Principal Investigator), Alissa Decker (Co-Investigator), Amy Grant (Co-Investigator), Charmaine Cooke (Co-Investigator),
Cindy Connolly (Co-Investigator)
Current Management and Health Care Quality for Patients with Knee and Hip Osteoarthritis$15,000.001 year
Dr. Heather Neyedli
School of Health and Human Performance
Dalhousie University

Team members
Tara Perrot (Co-Investigator), Timothy Bardouille (Co-Investigator),
Shaun Boe (Co-Investigator), Gail Eskes (Co-Investigator),
Gail Dechman (Co-Investigator)
Uncovering the mechanisms by which aerobic fitness mitigates stress-induced cognitive decline$15,000.001 year
Dr. Jan Rainey
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dalhousie University

Team members
Denis Dupre (Co-Investigator), Tran Thanh Tam Pham (Associate) 
Developing on-cell nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy tocharacterize ligand-receptor interactions$15,000.001 year 
Dr. Christopher Sinal
Department of Pharmacology
Dalhousie University 

Team members
Kerry Goralski (Co-Investigator)
Chemerin as a Mediator of the Obesity-Breast Cancer Linkage$15,000.001 year 
Dr. Deniz Top
Department of Pediatrics
Dalhousie University
Quantification of neuronal activity and transcription to identify uncoupled neuronal clusters to determine etiology of neuropsychiatric disorders$15,000.001 year