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Our office is interested in helping our faculty members with any and all aspects of their research grant applications so if you have a question please do not hesitate to reach out.

Meet The Team

Ray Turner

Associate Dean Research

Dr. Ray Turner, PhD

Dr. Turner received a Ph.D. in 1985 in Neurophysiology and joined the Cumming School of Medicine in 1991. He is a Full Professor in the Dept. Cell Biology & Anatomy and a full member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute. He serves as Associate Dean Research Grants and heads the Grant Development Office of the Associate Dean Research Office. His own research focuses on the role of ion channel regulation of neuronal excitability in normal brain tissue and in the context of Fragile X Syndrome. He has been funded throughout his career by CIHR, NSERC, and various foundations/not-for-profits. 

rwturner@ucalgary.ca 

403.220.8452

Jenna Slobozian

Manager, Grant Development

Jenna SlobozianCert RA, BA

Jenna has been with the Grant Development Office (GDO) since its inception in 2016.  Prior to joining the Cumming School of Medicine Jenna was the Senior Research Grants Officer in Research Services Office (RSO) where she joined after having worked at the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society.  In addition to extensive training in Grant Writing and Development, Jenna obtained her Certificate of Research Administration in 2018. As the Manager for the team, Jenna oversees all of the funding programs supported as well as leads the support for the NSERC Discovery Grant and NFRF Transformation competitions.

j.slobozian@ucalgary.ca 

403.389.6638

Clint Westgard

Research Grant Development Officer

Clint Westgard, MA

Clint Westgard has been with the Grant Development Office (GDO) since 2018 in the role of Grants Development Officer. Clint supports and facilitates collaborative research and provides guidance in the strategic development of grant proposals. His portfolio includes SSHRC, Alberta Innovates (PRIHS), and COVID-19 related funding opportunities. Previously he worked for Campus Alberta Neuroscience and the Werklund School of Education.

chwestga@ucalgary.ca

403.220.5680

Brandi Povitz

Research Grant Development Officer

Brandi Povitz, PhD

Brandi Povitz joined the Grant Development Office (GDO) in 2019 in the role of Grants Development Officer. Brandi obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Calgary. She has a Combined Honours degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry from Dalhousie University. Prior to joining the GDO, Brandi worked as a Grant Development Officer and Project Manager at the Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario. Brandi’s portfolio includes support for the CIHR Project Grant, International funding opportunities (e.g. NIH, Department of Defense, and transnational funding opportunities) as well as the program of support for new investigators.

brandi.povitz@ucalgary.ca

403.220.3082

Adam Kirkby

Research Grant Development Officer

Adam Kirkby, MSc

Adam Kirkby joined the Grant Development Office (GDO) in the fall of 2021 as a Research Grants Development Officer. Adam obtained his MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Calgary and is a certified project management professional (PMP). Prior to joining the GDO, Adam has held multiple positions at the University, the most recent of which was as a Research Facilitator with the Faculty of Kinesiology. He has also worked as a Program Officer at Genome Alberta where he helped develop grants and identify funding opportunities for their health-focused initiatives. His portfolio will be focused on NSERC opportunities and Genome Alberta funding calls.

awkirkby@ucalgary.ca

Vienna Doenni

Fellowship Development Officer

Vienna Doenni, PhD

Vienna joined the Grant Development Office (GDO) in December 2021. She has completed her undergraduate training in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Maastricht, NL, and completed her Ph.D. at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. She has extensive copy editing training and was heavily involved with graduate and postgraduate writing programs during her time as a graduate student. Vienna joined the GDO after 3 years of supporting not-for-profit programs for mental health, wellness, and community resilience in interior BC. She focuses on post-doctoral fellowship applications within the GDO.

vdoenni@ucalgary.ca

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Program Support Coordinator

Vacant

First point of contact for all funding program-related questions, such as internal deadlines, navigating the Research Management System (RMS), and pre-grant approval inquiries.

medgrant@ucalgary.ca


Faculty Advisors

Roger Thompson

Advisor CRC, CFI, Postdoctoral Fellowships

Dr. Roger Thompson

Dr. Thompson received his Ph.D. in 2000 and joined the University of Calgary in 2008. He is a member of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. His research focuses on cellular mechanisms of neuronal death during stroke and cognitive impairment. His role in the OADR is as an advisor to faculty on tri-council grants, Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) applications, renewal of research chairs (i.e. CRC). Additionally, he coordinates internal peer review and adjudication of postdoctoral fellowship applications.

rj.thompson@ucalgary.ca

403.210.6312

Cam Teskey

Advisor NSERC Grants

Dr. Gordon Campbell Teskey

Dr. Teskey has held continuous NSERC DG grant funding for the past 30 years, as well as NSERC RTI grants, an NSERC accelerator grant, an NSERC supported PDF, and countless NSERC summer students. He has held and currently holds multiple CIHR grants and understands that researchers need to employ very different strategies for successfully obtaining both sources of tri-council funding.

Dr. Teskey provides advice and peer review for NSERC DG and RTI funding programs.

gteskey@ucalgary.ca

403.220.4962

Sofia Ahmed

Advisor CIHR Grants

Dr. Sofia Ahmed

Dr. Ahmed is a Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is a nephrologist and clinician-scientist with a focus on sex and gender differences in human kidney/cardiovascular physiology and clinical outcomes. Dr. Ahmed is the Vice-Chair (Research) for the Department of Medicine, Lead of the Alberta Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research Capacity Development Platform and Lead of the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Research Initiative in the Libin Cardiovascular Institute at the University of Calgary. Dr. Ahmed is an Advisory Board member for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Gender and Health, and the incoming President-Elect for the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences.

Administrator: Victoria Klavins

victoria.ruddell@ucalgary.ca

403.220.2550


Address

University of Calgary Foothills Campus

Health Sciences Centre, G351

3330 Hospital Dr NW

Calgary, AB T2N 4N1