Research - Research Funding

Curent Research Funding

1. Weston Brain Institute  Ko (PI)   08/2020 – 11/2023

Transformational Research: Canada 2019 (Parkinson’s & Related Diseases)

Changes in metabolic activity and gait function by dual-task cognitive game-based treadmill system intervention

Role: Principal Applicant

Project Award: $1,499,758 (CAD)


2. Winnipeg Foundation  Anderson (PI)   07/2020 – 06/2021

Innovation Fund

Role of endothelial NMDA receptors in glutamate-induced glioma growth

Role: Co-principal investigator

Project Award: $100,000 (CAD)

3. Parkinson Canada  Ko (PI)   10/2019 – 09/2021

New Investigator Award

Abnormal Brain Network of Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson’s Disease

Role: Principal Investigator                                        

4. CancerCare Manitoba Foundation  Ghavami (PI)   04/2019 – 03/2021

Research Operating Grant

Mitophagy and Regulation of Non-small Cell Lung Cancer: Bcl2/13 and NSCLC Metastasis

Role: Collaborator


5. University of Manitoba  Szturm (PI)   02/2019 – 02/2021

University Collaborative Research Program

Neural underpinnings of improved mobility function by dual-task cognitive game-based treadmill system intervention in Parkinson’s disease

Role: Co-Investigator


6. Canada Foundation for Innovation  Ko (PI)   04/2018 – 03/2023

Infrastructure Operating Fund

In vivo brain imaging and stimulation system

Role: Principal Investigator


7. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada  Ko (PI)   04/2016 – 03/2021

Discovery Grant

Multi-modal brain imaging analysis method for brain modeling

Role: Principal Investigator









Completed Research Funding



1. Canadian Institutes of Health Research  Ko & Mota (PIs)   03/2019 – 02/2020

Catalyst Grant: Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries among Public Safety Personnel

Do cognitive behavioral therapy skills classes increase a resiliency-related brain connectivity pattern to posttraumatic stress disorder? Role: Nominated Principal Investigator


2. Manitoba Medical Service Foundation  Ng (PI)   04/2019 – 03/2020

Transcranial direct current stimulation in SUper REfractory STatus EPilepticus (SURESTEP): pilot study of a novel therapy in a common medical emergency

Role: Collaborator


3. University of Manitoba  Ko (PI)   07/2018 – 06/2019

University Research Grants Program

Dopamine-induced vasodilation in parkinsonian rats

Role: Principal Investigator


4. Canada Foundation for Innovation  Ko (PI)   09/2017 – 08/2019

John R. Evans Leaders Fund

In vivo brain imaging and stimulation system

Role: Principal Investigator


5. Research Manitoba  Ko (PI)   09/2017 – 08/2019

CFI Matching Funds

In vivo brain imaging and stimulation system

Role: Principal Investigator


6. Research Manitoba Ghavami ( PI)   08/2017 – 07/2020

New Investigator Operating Grant

Autophagy and Metastasis in Non-Small Lung Cancer: How does Autophagy Modulate Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition

Role: Collaborator


7. Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba  Ko & Patel (Co-PIs)   06/2017 – 05/2019

Research and Workplace Innovation Program (Scientific Research)

Identification of Neuroimaging-Based Biomarkers in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Role: Co-Principal Investigator


8. Research Manitoba  Ko (PI)   08/2016 – 07/2019

New Investigator Operating Grant

In vivo imaging of levodopa-induced angiogenesis and its relevance to tardive dyskinesia in a parkinsonian rat model

Role: Principal Investigator


9. Health Science Centre Foundation  Ko (PI)   09/2016 – 08/2019

General Operating Grant Competition

Normal Brain Imaging Database for Neurodegenerative Disorder Studies

Role: Principal Investigator


10. University of Manitoba    Kelly (PI)   02/2017 – 02/2019

University Collaborative Research Program

Age-related Changes in Avian Brain Function Measured Using FDG-PET Imaging

Role: Co-Investigator


11. The Dr. Paul H. T. Thorlakson Foundation Fund    Ko (PI)   08/2015 – 02/2017

Research Grant

Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease using quantitative assessment of positron emission tomography

Role: Principal Investigator

method for brain modeling
Role: Principal Investigator

12. Manitoba Medical Service Foundation   Ko (PI)   04/2015 – 03/2016

FUNDS #1.14

Predicting emergence of levodopa-induced dyskinesia (a common side effect) in Parkinson’s disease by a brain imaging-based biomarker – a pilot study 

Role: Principal Investigator


13. University of Manitoba     Ko (PI)   01/2015 – 06/2016

University Research Grants Program

Brain imaging-based biomarkers for levodopa-induced dyskinesia in parkinsonian rat model 

Role: Principal Investigator

14. University of Manitoba    Ko (PI)   06/2014 – 05/2017

Start-up Fund 

Role: Principal Investigator


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