News at Medicine - September 2009 - Community-based study on cervical cancer screening funded


Community-based study on cervical cancer screening funded
September 14, 2009
Drs. Pauline Duke and Marshall Godwin were recently awarded $180,115 for a collaborative study to evaluate the effectiveness, acceptability and usage of self-sampling for human papillomavirus (HPV) in communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.
 
The funding was announced Sept. 1 as part of an overall announcement of $1.9 million from the Research & Development Corporation (RDC), the Crown entity for improving Newfoundland and Labrador’s research and development capacity. The awards to Memorial researchers are made through the Industrial Research and Innovation Fund (IRIF) and enable researchers like Drs. Duke and Godwin to to leverage monies from other funding bodies.

The title of the project headed by Drs. Duke and Godwin is the “Effect of Vaginal Self-Sampling on Cervical Cancer Screening Rates: A Community-based Study.”  The two primary care researchers have leveraged the $180,115 for this collaborative study to receive additional funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research – Regional Partnerships Program (CIHR-RPP) for total funding of this project in the amount of $360,230.

The Industrial Research and Innovation Fund was established by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2004 to provide post-secondary institutions and other not-for-profit research facilities with resources to attract additional federal investments in research and development. Since that time the provincial government has invested more than $32 million in the fund.  In April 2009 the provincial government transferred administration of the fund to the newly formed Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

A full list of researchers and descriptions of projects receiving funding is available below:

Dr. Jeremy Hall, Department of Earth Science, Faculty of Science, Memorial University
Project Title: Linkage of Climate and Geodynamics in Development of Plateau at Collisional Plate Margins: Marine Contributions to an International Study of the Central Anatolian Plateau.
Dr. Hall’s project involves on-land studies of the Anatolian Plateaux uplift, which is complemented by studies of corresponding subsidence in adjacent offshore basins. This $61,735 IRIF award leverages NSERC funding for a total project cost of $666,735. This is a world-class research project that involves collaboration with European partners.

Dr. Priscilla Renouf, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, Memorial University
Project Title: Canada Research Chair in North Atlantic Archaeology
Dr. Renouf is receiving a $500,000 IRIF award toward her notable Canada Research Chair in North Atlantic Archaeology. In addition to the Canada Research Chair, Dr. Renouf has also received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). This research project totals over $2 million.

Dr. Barbara Neis, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, Memorial University
Project Title: Community-University Research for Recovery Alliance (CURRA)
Dr. Neis is receiving $352,500 for the research network CURRA, which carries out community-based, interdisciplinary research in support of regional efforts to devise and implement a recovery strategy for fish stocks and fishery communities. The IRIF funding for this project also matches a $1 million grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) through the Community-University Research Alliances (CURA) program.

Drs. Mohammed Ahmed and Octavia Dobre, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University
Project Title: Advanced Wireless Communication Research Lab (AWCRL)
Drs. Ahmed and Dobre are receiving $222,819 for the development of an Advanced Wireless Communication Research Lab. This infrastructure will boost R&D activities in the wireless communication area, and facilitate the development of new and improved wireless products. This IRIF funding was used to leverage a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant that is supporting this project for $200,000.

Professor Dag Friis, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University
Project Title: An Operational Efficiency and Energy Audit in the Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery
Professor Dag Friis is receiving a $135,000 IRIF award towards an ocean technology project on the operational efficiency of the Newfoundland and Labrador inshore fishery. He will be working with the Marine Institute and with the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW). The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) are also supporting this project.

Drs. Pauline Duke and Marshall Godwin, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University
Project Title: Effect of Vaginal Self-Sampling on Cervical Cancer Screening Rates: A Community-based Study
Drs. Duke and Godwin are receiving $180,115 for this collaborative study to evaluate the effectiveness, acceptability, and usage of self-sampling for human papillomavirus (HPV) in communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. IRIF funding was used to leverage funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research – Regional Partnerships Program (CIHR-RPP). The total cost for this project is $360,230.

Dr. Robert Scott, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University
Project Title: Human Impacts on Boreal Lake Ecosystems
Dr. Scott has been awarded $20,500 for his research in the area of marine and life sciences. This research will examine how human activities alter boreal lake ecosystems, thereby affecting fish populations. The current research will focus on the impacts of timber harvesting on nutrient input to boreal lakes, and the impacts this has on brook trout.

Dr. Orland Hoeber, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, Memorial University
Project Title: Multi-Display Visualization of Oceanographic Data
Dr. Hoeber has been awarded $69,650 for his research in the ocean technology sector. Dr. Hoeber is developing a framework for the multi-display visualization of large spatial data sets. This project will create visual representations of oceanographic observation data.

Dr. Angela Carter, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University
Project Title: Innovative Environmental Policy Models in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Oil Sector
Dr. Carter has been awarded $24,160 to conduct a comparative analysis of the environmental regulatory systems for oil development in key jurisdictions in North America for application in the Newfoundland and Labrador oil and gas sector.

Dr. Mark Abrahams, Faculty of Science, Memorial University
Project Title: Ecosystem Function
Dr. Abrahams has been awarded $100, 000 to investigate mechanisms that affect predator-prey interactions in aquatic ecosystems, and how these predator-prey interactions are mediated by environmental parameters including dissolved oxygen, temperature, and turbidity.

Dr. Craig Purchase, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Memorial University
Project Title: Fish Ecology
Dr. Purchase has been awarded $67,500 for this research related to the conservation and productivity of marine life. The long-term objectives of this research are to investigate the scope, hierarchical expression within-species, origins and implications of intra-specific life history variation in marine life.

Dr. Minglun Gong, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, Memorial University
Project Title: Parallel Computer Vision Algorithms for Real-time Processing on GPUs.
Dr. Gong has been awarded $50,000 to investigate how to perform challenging visions tasks in real-time on programmable graphics hardware.

Dr. Patrick Gagnon, Ocean Sciences Centre, Faculty of Science, Memorial University
Project Title: Structure and Function of Marine Ecosystems
Dr. Gagnon has been awarded $66,216 to support the Cold Ocean Benthic Ecology Laboratory located at the Ocean Sciences Centre. This research aims to identify biotic and abiotic interactions that regulate the structure and function of marine ecosystems in temperate and subarctic regions.

Dr. Abir Igamberdiev, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Memorial University
Project Title: Physiological mechanisms of plant adaption to abiotic stress
Dr. Igamberdiev has been awarded $70,000 to conduct research targeted on investigations of physiological and biochemical mechanisms of plant adaptation to stress conditions.