Julie Nguyen

To further develop transdisciplinary research, PHRI is partnering with Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) in a new program called Transforming Tomorrow Today, with the goal of facilitating the development of new research themes and groups in Hamilton, Canada, and enabling them to do world-class research. Three researchers – who are currently not full members of PHRI – each receive a research development operating grant of up to $200,000 per year for three years, with a 50% contribution from PHRI matched by a similar contribution from HHS or other source.

2022 Grant Recipients

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the inaugural Transforming Tomorrow Today grants:

  • Julie My Van Nguyen, Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, Hamilton, and team – The FARGO study: Frailty Assessment for Risk Prediction in Gynecologic Oncology patients undergoing surgery and chemotherapy.  Nguyen will be mentored by PHRI Scientist Maura Marcucci, of the perioperative and surgery research program.
  • Katherine Morrison, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University and team –  A Clinical Platform for Discovering Novel Regulators of Energy Expenditure addresses a critical, persistent clinical problem in adults and in children – obesity and associated health impacts. This project brings together a team of clinicians, pre-clinical scientists and researchers specializing in bioinformatics discovery. Morrison and co-lead Gregory Steinberg, will be mentored by PHRI Senior Scientists Hertzel Gerstein and Guillaume Pare.

    Katherine Morrison

  • Aristithes Doumouras, Department of Surgery, McMaster University and team – Microbiome, Eating Risk factors, and GEnetic biomarkers (MERGE) Obesity Study. Doumouras will be mentored by PHRI’s Gui Pare and Mehran Anvari, head of the Centre for Surgical Invention & Innovation.

Eligible candidates [PDF] can be doing research of clinical or population relevance, including translational themes, in any discipline, and must be faculty at McMaster University and/or privileges at HSS or St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

These one-time grants will be awarded on a competitive basis; all funded projects will be linked with a current PHRI Senior Scientist or Scientist who will work collaboratively with the grant recipient.

Aristithes Doumouras

All successful programs can be expanded with further investments until they are self-sustaining. Future PHRI partnership programs will be based on an evaluation of the success of this program over the subsequent three years.

A major driver of PHRI’s success over the last 25 years has been our enthusiasm for developing entirely new fields of research, forging novel collaborations, and creating an inclusive culture that welcomes and facilitates the work of new researchers from any health-related discipline, including physicians, nurses, dieticians, epidemiologists, computer scientists working on AI, geneticists, and more.

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