Results of the October 2020 CCS/CIHR/BC Spark Grants Competition

With our partners, Brain Canada Foundation (BC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Cancer Research (CIHR-ICR) we are pleased to announce the results of the Spark Grants: Novel Technology Applications in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Competition - to “spark” and accelerate new activity in the development and/or application of truly novel approaches to cancer prevention and early detection. Below is a listing of newly awarded CCS/CIHR/BC Spark Grants.

145 abstract registrations were received by the deadline and 102 were invited to submit full applications. Out of a total of 87 eligible grant applications, 27 Spark Grants have been approved in both pools (breast and other cancers) – a 31% success rate. Funds committed to this competition are made possible by the significant efforts of CCS donors and volunteers across the country and by funding partners. In addition, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada is supporting 1 grant. These projects total more than $4 million in funding.

Abstracts of Spark Grants

Please note: 

  • Amounts listed below represent the total dollars awarded and may include funds for salaries, supplies, and/or equipment.
  • The start date for these grants is January 15, 2021.
  • Only the Principal Investigator is named in this listing. Co-Principal Investigators, Co-Applicants and/or Additional Authors may also be associated with these grants.

Note Carefully:

Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the listing below, this list does not constitute an "official" notification.

Successful applicants have been informed, in writing, with an official Notification of Award giving the details pertaining to their grant.

Arrandale, Victoria
University of Toronto
Combining contact lens sensors, metabolomics and artificial intelligence to characterize exposure and breast cancer biomarkers

2021/2022 :  $149,720
Bentley, James
Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)
Spectroscopy and artificial intelligence to disrupt the status quo in cervical cancer screening

2021/2022 :  $140,483
Campbell, Clinton
McMaster University
Evaluating the YOLO real-time object detection artificial intelligence algorithm for bone marrow cytology

2021/2022 :  $149,991
Chaurand, Pierre
Université de Montréal
Cancer steroidomics by tag-enhanced imaging mass spectrometry

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Diamandis, Eleftherios
Mount Sinai Hospital
Early diagnosis of gliomas by using a novel multiplexed serum proteomic technology

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Easson, Alexandra
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre - UHN
Multispectral needle endoscopy: improving the patient breast cancer diagnostic experience

2021/2022 :  $147,762
Forghani, Reza
McGill University
Radiomics and machine learning based non-invasive biomarkers for prediction of peritumoral invasion in brain metastases

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Goodarzi, Aaron
University of Calgary
Using novel bio-dosimetry to measure personalized, lifetime radon gas exposure and transform the prevention and early detection of lung cancer

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Khalvati, Farzad
The Hospital for Sick Children
Early detection and novel stratification of pediatric low-grade gliomas by MRI-based artificial intelligence

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Krajinovic, Maja
CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre
MicroDNA signature for prognosis of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia

2021/2022 :  $149,960
Liang, Jinyang
Institut national de la recherche scientifique
Towards a fast and high-resolution thermal imaging dermatoscope for early-stage detection of small-size melanoma

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Lozano, Andres
The Toronto Hospital (Western Division) - UHN
Safety and feasibility of focused ultrasound-enabled liquid biopsy in patients with brain tumours

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Mahshid, Sara
McGill University
Physical fingerprints of single extracellular vesicles for liquid biopsy in brain cancer

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Mammo, Zaid
University of British Columbia
Advanced multi-functional in vivo retinal imaging for ocular oncology

2021/2022 :  $146,900
Marra, Marco
BC Cancer, part of the Provincial Health Services Authority
Long read DNA methylation sequencing for early detection of pancreatic adenocarcinoma

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Mason, Andrew
University of Alberta
Does Human Betaretrovirus (HBRV) infection predate the development of breast cancer?

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Mirkovic, Jelena
University of Toronto
Quantum opportunities in pathology

2021/2022 :  $122,031
Myers, Renelle
BC Cancer, part of the Provincial Health Services Authority
Early detection of lung cancer using VOC from breath and sweat

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Narain, Ravin
University of Alberta
Safe galactose based nanoconstructs for early detection and therapy of liver cancer

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Pawliszyn, Janusz
University of Waterloo
Screening of glioblastoma oncometabolite by ultrafast solid phase microextraction approach

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Poh, Catherine
BC Cancer, part of the Provincial Health Services Authority
Cytology-based DNA measurement for oral cancer screening

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Sanati-Nezhad, Amir
University of Calgary
Exosomal-based digital electronic health system for remotely and longitudinal monitoring of bladder cancer recurrence

2021/2022 :  $149,756
Tabori, Uri
The Hospital for Sick Children
Detection and prevention of hypermutant glioma in children and young adults

2021/2022 :  $149,878
Tsang, Benjamin
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Ovarian cancer early detection and chemosensitivity assessment by nanophotonics and artificial intelligence

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Van Houten, Elijah
Université de Sherbrooke
Wearable technology for early detection of breast cancer

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Wishart, David
University of Alberta
A novel rapid, liquid biopsy early stage lung cancer diagnostic test

2021/2022 :  $150,000
Zadeh, Gelareh
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre - UHN
Precision diagnosis and prognosis of primary and metastatic brain tumours using DNA methylation profiling in liquid biopsy

2021/2022 :  $149,760

Last modified on: February 18, 2021