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Source: University of Western Ontario

$10.4 Million for Health Research in London

October 16, 2006

ON. - A physical therapy professor at The University of Western Ontario has
been awarded a $925,000 operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research (CIHR) to study cerebral palsy. The three-year funding will
allow Doreen Bartlett to conduct research to better understand the basic
motor abilities, self-care and play of young children with cerebral palsy.
Bartlett can be reached at 519-661-2111 ext. 88953.

This is one of 50 CIHR-funded projects just announced, covering a wide range
of health issues including lung disease, cancer, pregnancy and youth
obesity. In total, scientists at The University of Western Ontario, Robarts
Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute will share over
$10.4 million dollars.

Other highlights include:
Dr. Giles Santyr, a scientist at Robarts Research Institute and a Western
professor, was awarded $544,000 for his work on lung imaging in rodent
models of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Dr. Stephen Pasternak, a professor at the Schulich School of Medicine &
Dentistry and an associate scientist at Robarts, received funding for his
investigation into the production and effects of the toxic amyloid protein,
which is responsible for the development of Alzheimer's disease.
Dr. Frederick Dick, a scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute and a
professor at Western, was awarded $600,720 for his research that looks at
the regulation of DNA accessibility and its role in cancer. By investigating
how the defective assembly of heterochromatin influence cancer incidence,
Dr. Dick's research will aid in the development of more targeted cancer

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Kathy Wallis
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
The University of Western Ontario
519-661-2111, ext. 81136

Julia Capaldi
Lawson Health Research Institute
519-646-6100, ext. 61098

Linda Quattrin
Robarts Research Institute



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