examines the influence of genetic data in treating and preventing addictions
December 2, 2013(Ottawa) –The
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is pleased to announce that Dr.
Christian S. Hendershot, a researcher from the Centre for Addiction and
Mental Health (CAMH), is the recipient of the 2013 Peter Lougheed/CIHR New
Investigator Salary Award. Dr. Hendershot will accept the award at the Canadian
Health Research Awards hosted this evening by His Excellency the Right
Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at Rideau Hall.
Dr. Hendershot receives this prestigious award in
recognition of his work in examining how genetic data could help treat and
prevent addictions, particularly alcohol addictions. Through his research, he
plans to improve our understanding of the genetic factors behind variable
traits related to alcohol use.
“We are pleased to
recognize the outstanding work of Dr. Hendershotwith this award,” said Dr.
Alain Beaudet, President of CIHR. “His work is helping us gain a
better understanding of the genetic risk of disease. His findings could have
major implications for how we treat addiction.”
The Peter Lougheed/CIHR New Investigator Salary
Award is awarded to Canada’s
brightest young researchers at the beginning of their careers; it is CIHR’s
most important career development award.
For a complete list of award recipients, please
visit the CIHR website www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca.
The ceremony will be live
streamed online starting at 6:00 p.m. ET at http://itshappeningrightnow.com/cihr_irsc/
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research(CIHR)
is the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency. CIHR’s mission
is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into
improved health, more effective health services and products, and a
strengthened health care system for Canadians. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR
provides leadership and support to more than 12,600 health researchers and
trainees across Canada.
Dr. Hendershot is available for interviews today.
For media enquiries please contact: For more information, contact: Michael Torres, CAMH Media
Relations, 416.595.6015 or media@camh.