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Innovators funded to develop bold, out-of-the-box ideas to save lives in developing countries
Date:2/9/2012

Grand Challenges Canada today announced 15 grants valued in total at more than $1.5 million awarded to some of Canada's most creative innovators from across the country in support of their work to improve global health conditions.

"When you look at the range of innovations and the potential those creative ideas have to make a difference, Canadians can't help but be proud of our country's contribution to the health and well-being of the international community," said Dr. Peter A. Singer, CEO of Grand Challenges Canada. "Bold Canadian ideas with big impact can save lives."

The researchers are each awarded a $100,000 grant to further develop their innovations, which include:

  • Dr. Walter Karlen (Vancouver, BC) is developing a low-cost cell phone test to diagnose pneumonia in the developing world
  • Dr. Aman Ullah (Edmonton, AB) is developing a filter made from chicken feathers to eliminate the deadly carcinogen, arsenic, from drinking water
  • Dr.Karim Damji (Edmonton, AB) is developing methodologies for preventing and treating glaucoma, a major cause of blindness in poor countries
  • Dr. Karim S. Karim (Waterloo, ON) is working on a device for rapid TB detection through digital imaging, a low-cost and effective diagnostic
  • Dr. Jan Andrysek (Toronto, ON) is creating an inexpensive and effective artificial knee joint for disabled people in the developing world
  • Dr. Cedric Yansouni (Montreal, QB) is working on a diagnostic that is cost effective and non-invasive to determine whether a patient has visceral leishmaniasis, a deadly disease
  • Dr. David Richard (Quebec City, QB) is working on a low-cost vaccine for malaria, a disease that infects 216 million people a year and kills 655,000 annually.

Each grantee has created a two-minute video to explain his or her proposal. The videos can be seen at http
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Contact: Lyn Whitham
lyn.whitham@grandchallenges.ca
647-281-7182
Sandra Rotman Centre for Global Health
Source:Eurekalert

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