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May 1, 2013

$1.5M for Dr. Freda Miller’s stem cell research for brain injury

A SickKids research project on the potential of stem cells to help paediatric brain injuries heal is one of five to benefit from a $7.5M (total) grant to Brain Canada announced on April 29.  

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation-Brain Canada Multi-Investigator Research Initiative award supports Dr. Freda Miller’s project at SickKids and four other collaborative projects. The other projects chosen from among 165 applications are housed at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Institut de Récherches Cliniques de Montréal, McGill University, and Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

“Our team is thrilled with this vote of confidence and support for our project,” says Miller. “It confirms that the work we are pursuing asking about whether endogenous neural stem cells as mediated by metformin can be recruited to promote brain repair fills a gap in existing stem-cell research in neurology, and particularly in children’s brain injuries.” Her colleagues in the project include Dr. Cindi Morshead, Associate Professor of Surgery at University of Toronto, and Dr. Don Mabbott and Dr. Paul Frankland of SickKids. Mabbott is a Senior Associate Scientist and Frankland is a Senior Scientist.  

Both the foundation and Brain Canada are focussed on novel and transformative research that may be “paradigm-shifting at any stage of the research process, from basic to clinical to health policy,” says Inez Jabalpurwala, President and CEO of Brain Canada. Federal Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq joined Brain Canada and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation in the official announcement on April 29.