Grand Challenges Canada, partnered with the International Development Research Centre, has selected fifteen project proposals, relevant to innovation in Global Health, to receive funding. Among those awarded are Xinyu Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering, McGill University and Cedric Yansouni of Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.

Grand Challenges Canada, an independent not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to providing technical solutions for Global Health concerns. The organization sponsors an annual Rising Stars program that recognizes innovative excellence and evaluates submissions based on their ethical and cultural sensitivity, technical prowess, and applicability on a global scale. Each winner receives a $100,000 grant to further develop their research schemes.

Specifically, Cedric Yansouni aims to create an affordable diagnostic tool for detecting visceral leishmaniasis, or black fever, the number one parasitic killer next to malaria in the developing world. Xinyu Liu is working on a paper-based immune assay for detecting and measuring disease markers in at-risk populations.

For more information and to view their individual project proposals, navigate here.


February 27, 2012