Two CBR researchers awarded The CFI Innovation Fund

Two Centre for Blood Research (CBR) researchers are UBC leads for ten projects who have been awarded The CFI Innovation Fund in the latest round of funding. The CBR Scientists are:

Dr. Leonard Foster (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Project – Transformative and disruptive systems immunology

Dr. Natalie Strynadka (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Project – TRaC: Therapies for Rare Cancers


UBC Faculty of Medicine-affiliated research projects have been awarded more than $18 million in federal funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Innovation Fund, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Alliance Grants 2022, and Social Sciences and Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grants.

The new federal investment supports ten research projects that are addressing some of the most urgent health challenges facing Canadians, including the development of innovative treatments for cancer, diabetes, stroke, infectious diseases and more.

The funding was announced as part of the Government of Canada’s recent investment of over $1.7 billion in research, which included support for over 7,700 researchers and research projects across Canada. The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport and Quebec Lieutenant made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health.

Congratulations, Dr. Foster and Dr. Strynadka, and to the rest of The Faculty of Medicine-led projects and UBC researchers!

This story was adapted from the Faculty of Medicine website, with minor changes: UBC Medicine research awarded $18M from CFI, NSERC and SSHRC