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New funded ME research in Canada

Updated: Sep 3, 2023

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We congratulate all the successful teams receiving New Frontier ME Discovery Grant Program awards. It is promising to see Canadian teams being awarded Canadian money for ME research. We look forward to learning about the outcomes of these projects as well as seeing more projects funded in the future. Below is an information release from the Network. To learn more about ICANCME, please visit

ICanCME Research Network

2022/2023 New Frontier ME Discovery Grant Program Awards

Nominated Principal Applicant: Simon Décary PT, PhD, Université de Sherbrooke

Project Title: An Educational Needs Assessment of Canadian Healthcare Professionals on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Theme: Clinical science and health services research

Research Team Members: Sabrina Poirier, Working Group Chair, Principal patient partner; Dr. Kathleen Walsh MD, Northern Ontario School of Medicine; Dr. Nina Muirhead MD, UK surgeon, medical educator and individual living with ME; Dr. Daisy Fung MD, Family Physician and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta; Lana LeBlanc MPH, ME/FM Society of BC; Kathleen Dennis R.N (ret.), Patient partner; Alyssa Minor MScPT, Patient partner; Kaia Arrow, Social worker; Patient partner; Linda Hunter RN, MScN, PhD, CIHR/IMHA Advisory Board Member and Patient Engagement Research Ambassador; Tahlia Ruschioni, BS, Education Director, Bateman Horne Center


Nominated Principal Applicant: Mathieu Dehaes PhD Department of Radiology, Radio-oncology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Montreal & CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre

Project Title: Characterization of the Biomolecular Signature of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome using Label-free Raman Spectroscopy. Theme: Discovery of biomarkers for diagnosis and sub typing of patients

Research Team Members: Frédéric Leblond, Polytechnique Montreal; Amir Khadir, MD (Clinician), Pierre-Legardeur Hospital (Canada); Wesam Elremaly, CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre; Christiane Garcia, Association Québécoise de l’Encéphalomyélite Myalgique (AQEM); Maryam Heidarifard PhD student; Atefeh Moezzi PhD student


Nominated Principal Applicant: Robert Durand, Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, Université de Montréal

Project Title: The association between myalgic encephalomyelitis, obstructive sleep apnea and oral health

Theme: Clinical science and health services research

Research Team Members: Neil McGregor (Co-PI), University of Melbourne; Ryma Kabir (Co-PI), Université de Montréal; Nelly Huynh (Co-PI), Université de Montréal; Gilles Lavigne, Université de Montréal; Ling-Hsuan Tung, Jewish General Hospital; Zoha Kibar, Université de Montréal/CHU Ste-Justine Research Center; René Voyer, Université de Montréal; Mahmoud Rouabhia, Université Laval; Clarice Nishio, Université de Montréal; Caroline Nguyen-Ngoc, Université de Montréal; Christiane Garcia, Quebec Association for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis; Intissar Abbaoui, Université de Montréal


What is the Discovery Grant Program?

The Interdisciplinary Canadian Collaborative Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ICanCME) Research Network is a national research network of researchers, clinicians, and patient partners working to advance the understanding of ME and its biomedical research. The network launched the New Frontiers Discovery Grant Program to promote the development of new interdisciplinary collaborative ME research teams, foster research excellence, and provide a stimulating environment for research training. Please note that this information will also be available when our new website is launched.



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