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Researcher from CAMH receives the 2013 Peter Lougheed/CIHR New Investigator Salary Award

Canadian researcher 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

The ceremony will be live streamed online starting at 6:00 p.m. ET at

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.


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