Dr. Kiran Soma awarded $1.7M in CIHR funding for two research projects

Dr. Kiran Soma

Dr. Kiran Soma been awarded two project grants totalling $1,717,425 to advance his research through the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)’s Project Grant: Fall 2019 Competition.

The Project Grant competition, one of CIHR’s flagship funding programs, supports multi-year grants for researchers at various stages in their careers as they conduct research projects that cover the full range of health research topics.

Project grant recipients are leaders in their fields and their projects tackle pressing health issues, such as healthy aging, sex differences in the brain, mind wandering and brain connectivity, and hormones and brain health.

“This funding from CIHR is absolutely critical for our research on how hormones affect cognition and brain health. The funds will support the salaries and research expenses of trainees and research staff in my lab. We look forward to all the exciting discoveries these funds will permit!”

– Kiran Soma, Professor, UBC Psychology

The following research will be done in collaboration with Dr. Stan Floresco, who is co-investigator of both research projects:

Neurosteroid regulation of executive function
Amount: $956,250

Effects of added sucrose on hormones, neural circuits, and behaviour
Amount: $761,175

The Project Grant: Fall 2019 Competition awarded 385 Full Project Grants for a total investment of $275M, including 50 projects led by UBC researchers.

UBC Psychology researchers were awarded a total of $3.6M in CIHR funding.