Research Funded

Our Awardees

Every year, we support health and biomedical research projects by outstanding new investigators across Canada through our Discovery Award program. To date, we have awarded 1354 grants. A complete list of grants awarded from 1925 – 2019 is available for download in MS Excel format here

Lindsay Bodell, PhD

2019 Discovery Awardee

Department of Psychology, Western University – Negative Affect and Reward Processing in Individuals with Binge…

Andrea Bombak, PhD

2019 Discovery Awardee

Department of Sociology, University of New Brunswick – Intersections of Weight Stigma in New Brunswick…

Mahsa Jessri, PhD

2019 Discovery Awardee

Department of Food, Nutrition, and Health, University of British Columbia – Dietary Patterns and Food…

Benoit Laurent, PhD

2019 Discovery Awardee

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke – Deciphering the epigenetic regulation of alternative splicing in…

Daiva Nielsen, PhD

2019 Discovery Awardee

Department of Human Nutrition, McGill University – Characterization of the workplace food environment in Montreal…

Arneet Saltzman, PhD

2019 Banting Research Foundation/McLaughlin Centre Discovery Awardee

Department of Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto – Investigating the role of heterochromatin…

Ali Abdul-Sater, PhD

2018 Discovery Awardee

School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University – Dissecting the role of TRAF1 in…

Kyle Biggar, PhD

2018 Discovery Awardee

Department of Biology, Carleton University – Identification of new substrates of the histone methyltransferase enzyme,…

Dylan Cooke, PhD

2018 Discovery Awardee

Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University – Accelerated mapping of individual variation…

Robert Huber, PhD

2018 Discovery Awardee

Department of Biology, Trent University  – Using the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum to study Batten…

Nomazulu Dlamini, MD PhD

2018 Discovery Awardee

Division of Neurology, The Hospital for Sick Children – Studying neural network reorganization in dystonia…

Salim Islam, PhD

2018 Discovery Awardee

Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, INRS – Institut Armand-Frappier – Understanding colonization and persistence in…

Ian Rodrigue-Gervais, PhD

2018 Discovery Awardee

Department of Infectious Diseases, INRS – Institut Armand-Frappier – Examining the function of mitochondrial proteases…

Rebecca Shapiro, PhD

2018 Discovery Awardee

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph – Using genetic and functional genomic…

John Trant, PhD

2018 Discovery Awardee

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Windsor – Developing enzymatically-resistant carbohydrate vaccines for treating…

Florian Bentzinger, PhD

2017 Discovery Awardee

Department of Pharmacology-Physiology, Universite de Sherbrooke – Niche regulation of muscle stem cell specification Dr…

Jennifer Gordon, PhD

2017 Discovery Awardee

Department of Psychology, University of Regina – HPA axis dysregulation in the etiology of perimenopausal…

Catherine Larochelle, MD PhD

2017 Discovery Awardee

CRCHUM, Department of Neurosciences, Universite de Montreal – Molecular mechanisms underlying T lymphocytes interactions with…

Gareth Lim, PhD

2017 Discovery Awardee

CRCHUM, Department of Medicine, Université de Montréal – Evaluating the therapeutic potential of 14-3-3ζ for…

Adena Scheer, MD

2017 Discovery Awardee

Department of Surgery, St Michael’s Hospital, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, and the University of…

Julien van Grevenynghe, PhD

2017 Discovery Awardee

Department of Infectious diseases, immunity, cancer and epidemiology, INRS – Institut Armand-Frappier and the Université…

Jeanette Boudreau, PhD

2016 Discovery Awardee

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Dalhousie University – Directing natural killer cell cytotoxicity to the…

Christopher Dennison, PhD

2016 Discovery Awardee

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta – Impact severity metric for focal head and…

Jeffrey Gagnon, PhD

2016 Discovery Awardee

Department of Biology, Laurentian University – Investigating the role of H2S in the regulation of…

Kaitlyn McLachlan, PhD

2016 Discovery Awardee

Department of Psychology, University of Guelph – Evaluating novel neurobiomarkers in the identification of adults…

Noam Miller, PhD

2016 Discovery Awardee

Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University – Exploring neural mechanisms of social behavior using zebrafish…

Roxane Paulin, PhD

2016 Discovery Awardee

Department of Medicine, Université Laval – Targeting ErbB2 by TAK-165 reverses pulmonary hypertension in vitro…

Jeffrey Chen, PhD

2015 Discovery Awardee

VIDO-InterVac, University of Saskatchewan – Towards a next generation of superior BCG tuberculosis vaccines Tuberculosis…

Jeremy Hirota, PhD

2015 Discovery Awardee

Department of Medicine University of British Columbia – A 3D-printed human airway model for studying…

Petra Kienesberger, PhD

2015 Discovery Awardee

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Dalhousie University – Role of the adipokine autotaxin in…

Morgan Langille, PhD

2015 Discovery Awardee

Department of Pharmacology Dalhousie University – Design and implementation of a human microbiome interaction database…

Joon Lee, PhD

2015 Discovery Awardee

School of Public Health and Health Systems University of Waterloo – Personalized predictive analytics based…

Catherine Martel, PhD

2015 Discovery Awardee

Department of Medicine Université de Montréal/ Montreal Heart Institute Research Centre – Lymphatic vessel function…

Michael Suits, PhD

2015 Discovery Awardee

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Wilfrid Laurier University – Protein structure-function relationships in periodontal disease…

Emanuel Rosonina, PhD

2014 Discovery Awardee

Department of Biology, York University – Regulation of transcription and splicing factors by sumoylation SUMO…

Ewa Niechwiej-Szwedo, PhD

2014 Discovery Awardee

Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo – The role of binocular vision in the development…

Jeffrey Leyton, PhD

2014 Discovery Awardee

Department of Nuclear Medicine and Radiobiology, Université de Sherbrooke – An advanced development in targeted…

Jennifer Heisz, PhD

2014 Discovery Awardee

Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University – Examining the dose-response relationship between physical exercise and cognitive…

Yannick Doyon, PhD

2014 Discovery Awardee

Department of Molecular Medicine, Université Laval – In vivo genome editing as a novel class…

Benoît Arsenault, PhD

2014 Discovery Awardee

Department of Medicine, Université Laval – Impact of a lifestyle modification program on high-density lipoprotein…

Craig Bailey, PhD

2013 Discovery Awardee

Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Guelph – Nicotinic receptor signaling in a mouse model…

David Chatenet, PhD

2013 Discovery Awardee

Centre INRS–Institut Armand-Frappier – Design and synthesis of peptide inhibitors of PqsE as novel antibacterial…

Margaret K Hahn, MD PhD

2013 Discovery Awardee

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – Central insulin to prevent olanzapine-induced adiposity: a rodent…

Pierre-Yves Lozach, PhD

2013 Discovery Awardee

Centre INRS – Institut Armand-Frappier Bunyavirus entry into mammalian cells Bunyaviridae is a large family…

Dave Richard, PhD

2013 Discovery Awardee

Département de microbiologie-infectiologie et d’immunologie, Université Laval – Protein trafficking to the apical complex of…

Marie-Ève Tremblay, PhD

2013 Discovery Awardee

Département de médecine moléculaire, Université Laval – Microglial relationships with synaptic elements in Alzheimer’s disease…

Alexandre Douplik, PhD

2012 Discovery Awardee

Physics Department, Ryerson University – Surface-enhanced Raman fiber sensor for endoscopic early detection of tumor-related…

Carl Ernst, PhD

2012 Discovery Awardee

Department of Psychiatry, McGill University – Functional analysis of the 16p11.2 locus using patient-derived induced-pluripotent…

Dennis Jensen, PhD

2012 Discovery Awardee

Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education, McGill University – Physiological mechanisms of dyspnea relief and…

Martin Lévesque, PhD

2012 Discovery Awardee

Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, Université Laval – Molecular mechanisms of axon guidance mediated by…

Michelle Scott, PhD

2012 Discovery Awardee

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke – Characterization of a novel function of small RNAs…

Marcelo Berlim, MD

2011 Discovery Awardee

Department of Psychiatry, McGill University – Remediating decision-making deficits in depressed subjects at high risk…

Simon Lees, PhD

2011 Discovery Awardee

Faculty of Medicine, Lakehead University – The IL-6 paradox in the development of insulin resistance…

Tara Moriarty, PhD

2011 Discovery Awardee

Matrix Dynamics Group, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto – Vascular adhesion mechanisms of the…

Takako Niikura, DVM PhD

2011 Discovery Awardee

Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University – Regulation of amyloid beta metabolism In Alzheimer’s…

Jonathan Perreault, PhD

2011 Discovery Awardee

INRS – Institut Armand Frappier – Regulation in the opportunistic pathogen Burkholderia by the MAEB…

Notable Alumni

Since 1925, the Banting Research Foundation has awarded 1354 grants (totaling $8 million) to outstanding early-career health and biomedical researchers across Canada. These impactful grants have enabled these young researchers to generate data to strengthen subsequent applications for longer-term grants from other funding agencies. Over the last decade, 88% of the researchers that we have funded were awarded prestigious and highly competitive federal agency research grants within five years of their first career appointment, underscoring our ability to recognize creative talent.

Many of our grants sparked remarkable discoveries that transformed the practice of medicine and surgery, reduced illness and death rates, and propelled many of our recipients to positions of leadership and influence across Canada. Our alumni have been recognized through the most prestigious scientific and lifetime achievement honours and awards in Canada. They include 29 recipients inducted into the Order of Canada, 24 Canada Gairdner Foundation International Award Laureates, and make up 18% of the Laureates of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. 

1354

Grants awarded since 1925

88

Percent have received Tri-Council funding within 5 years

29

Inducted into the Order of Canada

Janet Rossant, CC PhD FRS FRSC
1983 Award Recipient
World-renowned expert in developmental biology.
Imogen Coe, PhD
1998 Award Recipient
Internationally recognized scientist and champion for women and girls in STEM
Charles Hollenburg, OC MD FRSC
1965 Award Recipient
A leader of the Canadian medical community
Adolfo J. de Bold, OC PhD FRSC
1980 Award Recipient
Best known for his discovery of atrial natriuretic factor

Where we’ve funded research 

We fund promising new investigators from across Canada. Links to investigator profiles for research funded since 2011 are available on this map.