Congratulations to Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, who has been awarded funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) to support her infrastructure project titled “Naturalistic Neuroimaging of Child Psychiatric Disorders.” Hers is one of seven UBC-led projects to be selected in the June 2021 competition.
Dr. Vanderwal is a member of the Brain, Behaviour, and Development (BB &D) network at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCHRI). Her CFI-JELF infrastructure award will be used to equip her Naturalistic Neuroimaging Lab at BCCHRI over the next five years, and fund her innovative research which focuses on the use of naturalistic conditions, like movies, to study neural responses in child psychiatric disorders. This award will advance her lab’s current capabilities to test new movie paradigms with eye-tracking and neurophysiological measures, and will expand the movie-based work into both virtual reality and real-life environments.
Congratulations to Dr. Vanderwal on this significant award!
CFI-JELF funding totalling more than $77 million was announced on August 11, 2021 by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, to support 332 research infrastructure projects at 50 universities across Canada. This contribution, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), will help universities attract and retain top researchers.