UBC Department of Medicine Researchers Awarded over $4M in CIHR Spring 2020 Project Grant Competition

The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related fundamental or applied knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. It supports projects or programs of research proposed and conducted by individual researchers or groups of researchers in all areas of health. The Project Grants: Spring 2020 competition has approved 336 research grants, plus an additional 9 bridge grants, for a total investment of approximately $253M.

UBC Department of Medicine researchers have been awarded $4.04M for 6 projects at the university and its affiliated health authority research centres through the Project Grant: Spring 2020 Competition from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).


Principal Investigator(s): Troy Grennan and Mark Hull (Division of AIDS) – $918,000
A randomized trial of doxycycline chemoprophylaxis for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM)

Principal Investigator: Troy Grennan (Division of AIDS) – $918,000
Predicting and Evaluating Anal Cancer in HIV with novel biomarkers: The PEACH Study

Principal Investigator: Evan Wood (Division of AIDS) – $481,950
Reducing unsafe prescribing of prescription opioid medications to opioid naïve patients

Principal Investigator: M-J Milloy (Division of AIDS) – $279,224
Evaluating tetrahydrocannabinol as an adjunct to opioid agonist therapy for individuals living with opioid use disorder: A Phase II, placebo-controlled, blinded, pilot study to assess safety and feasibility

Principal Investigator: David Moore (Division of AIDS) – $994,500
Engaging and retaining marginalized populations in primary health care in the downtown east side of Vancouver

Principal Investigator: Mypinder Sekhon (Division of Critical Care) – $447,526
Delineating between pathophysiologic phenotypes of hypoxic ischemic brain injury after cardiac arrest

Congratulations to all on this wonderful achievement!