The Alberta Multiple Sclerosis Collaboration — a partnership between Campus Alberta Neuroscience and the Alberta MS Network — has awarded four grants through its 2017 Seed Grant Competition. Receiving $75,000 for one year are projects led by: Babita Agrawal (University of Alberta; with co-investigator Chris Power), Michael Colicos (University of Calgary; with co-investigator Peter Stys), Nils Forkert (University of Calgary; with co-investigator Bruce Pike) and Gerald Pfeffer (University of Calgary; with co-investigators Wee Yong, Luanne Metz and Jason de Koning).
“We’re very excited about the opportunities provided by the Collaboration and its partners,” says Dr. Agrawal, faculty member at the University of Alberta and seed grant recipient. “By providing support to new investigators on projects that could lead to larger initiatives in MS research, this competition is helping to build capacity for MS research and translation in the province.”
The Seed Grant Competition accepts basic science and clinical proposals from new Alberta-based investigators (faculty appointments less than five years) and from experienced Alberta-based investigators new to MS research, to seed multiple sclerosis (MS) research projects focused on neuroprotection and repair.
Applications for the most-recent competition were reviewed and ranked by an independent committee of MS experts from institutions outside Alberta.
The Alberta MS Collaboration is a multi-stakeholder initiative supporting innovation in MS research and translation in Alberta. Current partners include the Alberta MS Network, Alberta Economic Development and Trade, Alberta Health, Campus Alberta Neuroscience, the MS Society of Canada and Sanofi Genzyme Canada. Funding for the neuroprotection and repair-focused competition is provided by a $1-million commitment from Alberta Economic Development and Trade and Sanofi Genzyme Canada. Additional funding is provided by the Branch Out Neurological Foundation, for projects aligned with Branch Out objectives.
More information about the Alberta MS Collaboration is available on the CAN website.
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