One of the aims of the Open Awards Program (OAP) is to allow BCCDC Researchers to develop research questions and projects as a pilot, prior to applying to larger peer-reviewed funding competitions. Having received OAP funding in October 2015, Dr. Amee Manges has done just that, submitting a 2017 CIHR Project Grant application in September 2017, to continue the work her team began with funds from the BCCDC Foundation.

The project was titled, “Antimicrobal resistance gene detection using metagenomics” and it’s preliminary findings were also part of a published manuscript in a recent issue of Clinical Infectious Disease, titled “Antimicrobal resistance gene acquisition and depletion following fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) for recurrent Clostridium difficile infections” along with co-authors from UBC and McGill.

Dr. Manges expressed her thanks to the Foundation and noted how grateful she was for the support. The results of the most recent round of OAP applications will be announced on the next blog post.