A total of 3.7-million dollars in research funding from the Government of Canada, is being used by three doctors at the University of Regina.
One-million-nine hundred-thousand is going to Dr. Mohan Babu, an associate professor at the U of R who will continue research to shed light on the genes linked to Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos received just under a million dollars.
Her team will use internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy, a new approach for patients to more easily access mental health care.
Finally Dr. Tarun Katapally will use his 772-thousand dollars to study methods of adopting culturally appropriate ways to integrate physical activity into the daily lives on Indigenous youth.
Thomas Chase, who is the Provost and V.P of Academic at the U of R said it’s been some time since federal funding has come in to the University.
“I would say back in 2008 or 2009, it’s not always predictable though, because researchers decide individually when they’re going to apply for grants and what they are going to apply for. Its not as if it’s steady state, it tends to come and go, but this is a very notable amount coming in all at once,” Chase said.
Chase also said receiving the funding is a sign of how nationally competitive their researchers are, and how respected they are across Canada by their peers, as they are ultimately the ones who decide which projects receive government funding.
“So to get this amount of research funding into Saskatchewan and into the University of Regina, is a sign of how nationally competitive these researchers are, and how valuable their peers think the work is,” Chase added.
The money is being used immediately.