University of Regina researchers to study Parkinson’s disease, mental health, and Indigenous youth


News Release: Government of Canada invests over $3.7M in innovative health research projects at the University of Regina

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency. The Project and Foundation competitions support the best health research proposals submitted to CIHR from eligible researchers across Canada. The projects are selected for funding based on a system of scientific peer review.

Three projects were funded at the University of Regina for a total of $3,721,687. 

Researcher Project Funding Amount
Dr. Mohan Babu Dr. Babu will use the latest in proteomic and genetic platforms to provide the first high-resolution view on the organization and operation of human mitochondrial protein, and to uncover the relationships for genes linked to Parkinson’s disease. This work will yield molecular models, provide valuable data resources for the community, facilitate the discovery of potential new therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative disorders, and inspire further research into novel treatments for sustainable health care. $1,977,535
Heather Hadjistavropoulos Depression and anxiety are prevalent and disabling conditions that often go untreated. Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos and her team of researchers will use internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (ICBT), a relatively new approach to treatment, to increase the potential for patients to access important mental health care more conveniently. Patients will receive brief weekly support from a therapist via secure emails or phone calls. The research will ultimately advance how ICBT is used in clinical practice and is expected to lead to improvements in mental health outcomes and mental health care delivery. $971,552
Dr. Tarun Katapally The benefits of physical activity are far-reaching, and individuals with high physical activity have better mental, physical and emotional health. However, our population is more inactive than ever and to tackle this health issue it is important to act early, especially in populations that are most vulnerable. In Canada, one of the most marginalized groups is Indigenous youth. Dr. Tarun Katapally, an assistant professor with the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, at the University of Regina, seeks to address this issue by adopting culturally appropriate ways to integrate physical activity into the daily lives of Indigenous youth. $772,650

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