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The MMSF is pleased to announce that over $273,000 has been approved for operating grants for the following successful applicants from the Competition for Funds held in October 2016.

Wherever possible we work cooperatively with partners to jointly fund MMSF approved operating grants. At this time, not all of our partnerships for 2016/17 operating grant recipients have been finalized. Updates shall be posted to our website as the information becomes available. Please refer to our About Us/Partnerships and Awards Recipients pages of our website for future updates.

The following are the successful applicants, projects and approved amounts from our 2016 Competition for Funds:

Dr. Danielle Defries — $32,000 (MMSF $16,000 / CHRIM* $16,000)
The Impact of Gestational Diabetes on Maternal Incretin Function

Dr. Christina Kim — $28,000 (MMSF $14,000 / VGHF* $14,000)
A Metabolomics Approach to Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Patients With Advanced Pancreas Cancer

Dr. Natalie Mota — $23,000 (MMSF $11,500 / WF* $11,500)
The Effectiveness of Psychotherapy Classes in Reducing Suicidal Ideation in a Crisis Population

Dr. Thomas Murooka — $30,000
Characterizing the Dynamics and Molecular Mechanisms of HIV Capture by DCs

Dr. Vanessa Poliquin — $30,000 (MMSF $15,000 / WF* $15,000)
Individual and Provider Factors Associated With Differential Uptake of the Influenza Vaccine Among Pregnant Women in Manitoba, Canada

Dr. Katherine Pundyk — $7,200 (MMSF $3,600 / CHRIM* $3,600)
Frequency of Clinic Attendance in Patients With Youth-Onset Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Before and After Transition to Adult Care

Dr. Shailly Varma Shrivastav — $30,000
Understanding the Role of Akt/mTOR/N-Myrisotyltransferase1 Signaling in the Regulation of IGF-1R Expression in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Dr. Kathryn Sibley — $32,500
Implementing Core Outcome Sets in Fall Prevention and Balance Research and Practice: Understanding Past Experiences to Plan for the Future

Dr. Ruey-Chyi Su — $32,000
The Molecular Mechanisms Underlying the Environmental Influences on the Regulation of Innate Immunity in Female Genital Tract

Dr. Taranjit Tung — $29,000
Hip Hemiarthroplasty – Survivorship and Predictors of Revision
*VGHF – Victoria General Hospital Foundation; CHRIM – Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba; WF – The Winnipeg Foundation

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For details on all MMSF awards please see the Award Recipients Section of our website.

The Manitoba Medical Service Foundation's Mission is to promote and fund scientific, educational and other activities to improve the health and well-being of Manitobans, focusing on support of new researchers. Our Vision is to continue to be an important source of support for health-related research and education, in collaboration with other Manitoba organizations. We are inspired by the accomplishments of the researchers who have received funding through the MMSF. We look forward to continuing our goal of supporting health-related research and education in Manitoba.

Research applications are welcome from medical and scientific researchers, medical and dental students and allied professionals, such as social workers, nurses, epidemiologists and any other health workers involved in preventive, therapeutic, or rehabilitative care. Projects promoting scientific, educational and other activities to maintain and improve the health and well-being of Manitobans are considered.

The MMSF is proud of the accomplishments of each recipient since the Foundation's inception in 1971. The Foundation looks forward to continuing its mission.

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