Four Faculty of Medicine COVID-19 mental health projects receive nearly $700,000 in CIHR funding

Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Government of Canada has invested $10.2 million on 55 selected projects across the country from a multi-million dollar fund dedicated to the novel coronavirus and mental health. 

Congratulations to the following successful applicants from the Faculty of Medicine:

  • Dr. Marie-Hélène Chomienne, a Clinician Investigator in the Department of Family Medicine and Hospitalist at Hôpital Montfort is working to measure the stress of front-line cleaners within Canadian hospitals.  
  • Dr. Simon Hatcher, Full Professor and Vice-Chair of Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, is tapping into his wealth of mental health research as head of the Hatching Ideas Hub in a cohort study of Covid-19 test positive and negative patients to detect and provide early treatment for mental health disorders. 
  • Dr. Jennifer L. Phillips, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry within the Faculty of Medicine and an Associate Scientist at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research, is examining the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of Canadian medical residents.  
  • Dr. Peter Tanuseputro, Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and a Clinician Investigator at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, is leading a novel data-driven research initiative to improve physician health and wellness and understand how this has been impacted by COVID-19.


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