Dr. Sanjiv Dhingra, Principal Investigator, Cardiac Regeneration and Tissue Engineering Laboratory, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences; Assistant Professor, Regenerative Medicine Program, Department of Physiology, University of Manitoba will receive funding for a collaborative research project with Dr. Martin Rodriguez-Porcel of the Cardiovascular Department of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The award ($250,000 US over 2 years) is for the project entitled “A Novel Immunomodulatory Hydrogel to Prevent Rejection of allogeneic Mesenchymal Stem Cells in the Heart”.
The award is from the CANUSA (CANADA-USA) RESEARCH PROJECT, which was created with funds generously provided by the Asper Endowment Fund. The mandate of the fund is to promote the growth and collaboration in cardiovascular research between St. Boniface Hospital and the Mayo Clinic. The fund supports health related cardiovascular research in the basic, clinical and/or applied health areas to be conducted either at the St. Boniface Hospital or at Mayo Clinic or at both institutions during the term of the funding.
The project was cited for excellence of the proposal (innovative, impact on the field, feasibility), excellence of the applicants, collaborative science, and the potential to lead to future successful grant applications such as NIH or CIHR.