Research Manitoba Announces 2021 Grants & Awards Competition Recipients

Today, Research Manitoba and partners announced $1.37M in research funding and the recipients of the 2021 Grants and Awards competition.

The recipients of the 2021 Grants and Awards Competition are highly qualified trainees and new investigators in Manitoba. These awards enable recipients to prepare and train for their careers as independent researchers in industry or within the provincial research enterprise, establish independent research programs, and achieve the skills necessary to compete on a national level.

“On behalf of the province of Manitoba, I wish to extend my congratulations to the award recipients as they begin their careers,” said Economic Development and Jobs Minister, Jon Reyes. “The Manitoba government is pleased to support Research Manitoba to ensure our province continues to be a leader in conducting high-quality, innovative research that benefits people in Manitoba and beyond.

The Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM) is proud to partner with Research Manitoba and others to support research excellence in Manitoba.

“Support of future researchers and those starting their independent careers as researchers is one of the most important things that CHRIM does. It helps ensure the future of health research in children and families is vibrant and impactful.”

– Dr. Terry Klassen, CEO & Scientific Director, CHRIM

Here is a list of all the Grant and Award recipients who were funded in partnership with CHRIM. The full list of recipients can be found here.


Mehrafarin Ashiri

Using an engineered human hexosaminidase as an enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) into treat a mouse model of Tay-Sachs Disease
Supervisor: Dr. Brian Mark

Rilwan Azeez

Prevalence and Persistence of SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies among Families in the Canadian CHILD Cohort Study
Supervisor: Dr. Meghan Azad

Saeid Maghsoudi

Inhibition of Adenylyl Cyclase by Cysteine Nitrosylation in Hypoxic Pulmonary Hypertension Confirming a Target For Therapeutic Options
Supervisor: Dr. Shyamala Dakshinamurti

Madhumita Suresh

Vessel-On-A-Chip Model: Nanoparticle Trafficking in Blood Vessels
Supervisor: Dr. Hagar Labouta


Andrea Klippenstein

Empowering Sibling Voices in Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Donation
Supervisor: Dr. Christina West

Darrien Morton

Machine Learning Methods for Patterns in Mental Disorders Among Children and Youth
Supervisor: Dr. Nathan Nickel

Ramandeep Kaur

Potential role of hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acids in modulating human airway smooth muscle cells physiology in asthma
Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Pascoe

Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition

Charlie Rioux

Effect of an online multimodal maternal intervention on children’s disruptive behaviour disorders: The moderating role of temperament and physiological regulation
Supervisor: Dr. Leslie Roos

Tamiris Souza

Rejuvenating immune function using extracellular vesicles to reverse cognitive decline
Supervisor: Dr. Ayesha Saleem

Special Thanks

We are grateful to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba for their ongoing support of child health research happening at CHRIM. To learn more or donate, visit