The Winnipeg Foundation has allocated one-year grants as part of its $1-million commitment to bolster innovative medical research endeavors at the University of Manitoba. These grants aim to foster collaborative efforts across disciplines, driving forward groundbreaking research initiatives. Let's delve into the transformative projects receiving support:
1. Virtual Reality Phantom Limb Pain Treatment
Led by Dr. Renée El-Gabalawy, this project pioneers the use of virtual reality (VR) technology in treating phantom limb pain—a debilitating condition often resistant to conventional therapies. Building upon previous research, the team integrates graded motor imagery into VR therapy, aiming to alleviate pain perception through brain retraining. Through a clinical trial, they will assess the efficacy of this novel treatment approach, potentially revolutionizing pain management methods.
- Dr. David Perrin
- Dr. Justin March
- Dr. Elizabeth Hammond
2. Team Studies Huntington’s Disease
Dr. Galen Wright spearheads a multidisciplinary investigation into genetic modifiers in Huntington’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder with no effective treatments. Employing cutting-edge technologies, including single-cell sequencing and advanced genomic techniques, the team aims to decipher disease mechanisms and identify potential therapeutic targets. Insights gleaned from this study may pave the way for novel interventions not only for Huntington’s disease but also for related genetic disorders affecting the brain.
- Dr. Robert Beattie
- Dr. Paul Marcogliese
3. Using Multi-Omics and Artificial Intelligence to Study Heart Disease
Dr. René Zahedi leads a comprehensive study utilizing multi-omics and artificial intelligence to unravel the complexities of calcified aortic valve stenosis, a prevalent form of heart disease. By elucidating molecular aberrations underlying the condition, the team aims to develop early detection markers and therapeutic strategies. Their innovative approach, coupled with AI-driven data analysis, holds promise for advancing not only cardiovascular research but also broader applications in disease understanding and management.
- Dr. Amir Ravandi
- Dr. Richard LeDuc
These pioneering projects exemplify the University of Manitoba's commitment to pushing the boundaries of medical research and translating scientific discoveries into tangible clinical benefits.