New Health Investigator Grant Recipients 2021/22

The New Health Investigator Grant supports early-career health researchers who are engaged in work that aligns with the province’s health research priorities. The grant aims to provide two years of support of up to $100,000 for researchers who are within the first five years of their academic appointment in Nova Scotia or who are new to the field of health research. Funding provided will support the establishment of independent programs of research, support and expand the research productivity necessary for obtaining long term funding from national and external agencies and expand the potential for early-career investigators to make significant contributions in their field. For the 2021-22 academic year, funding for this grant is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.


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Below you can search for recipients by their name, their affiliated institution/organization, or by project key words.

NHIG 2021/22 Search

Project: Identifying the prevalence and impact of technology facilitated sexual violence (TFSV) with a focus on access to services
Dr. Julie Blais
Dalhousie University
RNS Funding Contribution: $94,833.00

Project: Low-cost virtual reality neurorehabilitation for chronic stroke
Dr. Daniel Blustein
Acadia University
RNS Funding Contribution: $100,000.00

Project: Improving the clinical potential of the anti-cancer peptide Mastoparan
Dr. Melanie Coombs
Acadia University
RNS Funding Contribution: $100,000.00

Project: In-vivo assessment of the chronic neuroanatomical and cognitive abnormalities in COVID-19 survivors
Dr. Carlos Hernandez-Castillo
Dalhousie University
RNS Funding Contribution: $99,500.00

Project: Integrated Multi-Omics Characterization and Validation of Chromosome 1 instability in Wilms Tumors
Dr. Tobias Karakach
Dalhousie University
RNS Funding Contribution: $100,000.00

Project: Feasibility of a virtually delivered preoperative rehabilitation program for patients awaiting TAVI to reduce frailty: The Virtual PREHAB study
Dr. Dustin Kehler
Dalhousie University
RNS Funding Contribution: $98,760.39

Project: Understanding the impact of maternal childhood maltreatment on perinatal biological, psychosocial, and health risk: implications for maternal and infant health
Dr. Jennifer Khoury
Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU)
RNS Funding Contribution: $99,984.02

Project: Developing a theory-guided, evidence-based training program for rehabilitation providers working with residents with dementia in long-term care
Dr. Caitlin McArthur
Dalhousie University
RNS Funding Contribution: $100,000.00

Project: Computational Modelling of Memory Impairment Mechanisms in Bipolar Disorder
Dr. Abraham Nunes
Dalhousie University
RNS Funding Contribution: $93,050.70

Project: Identifying ALC patients by leveraging machine learning algorithms
Dr. Enayat Rajabi
Cape Breton University (CBU)
RNS Funding Contribution: $97,418.00

Project: Measuring the effects of vaping on lung health
Dr. Sanja Stanojevic
Dalhousie University
RNS Funding Contribution: $99,420.00

Project: Differential effects of dual antiplatelet and dual antithrombotic therapy on hemostasis in chronic coronary syndrome patients: Define CCS study
Dr. Wael Sumaya
Nova Scotia Health
RNS Funding Contribution: $98,226.88

Project: The Personalized Approach for Healthy Aging (PAHA) program
Dr. Olga Theou
Dalhousie University
RNS Funding Contribution: $100,000.00

Project: Investigating Otoconia Ultrastructure during Degeneration
Dr. Danielle Tokarz
Saint Mary’s University (SMU)
RNS Funding Contribution: $100,000.00

Project: Characterization of Radon-Induced Lung Cancer in Nova Scotia and Alpha Particle-Induced DNA Damage
Dr. Alison Wallace
Dalhousie University
RNS Funding Contribution: $100,000.00