Ian Patterson received the Banting Research Foundation Discovery Award.
The Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University was one of six recipients to receive the grant recognizing innovative biomedical and health research projects by outstanding new investigators at universities and research institutes across Canada.
Up to $30,000 is awarded to each recipient for a one-year term. The intention is to provide seed funding so that researchers can collect pilot data and improve their competitiveness for other sources of funding.
Patterson and his research team will use the grant to study how a group of viruses that only infect insects can be used to block Zika virus infection.
“We plan to modify a harmless insect-specific virus to be able to specifically target the Zika virus and prevent infection and transmission in mosquitoes,” he says.
“I am very grateful for the Banting Research Foundation award. This will allow our group to begin research in Brock’s Containment Level 3 (CL3) laboratory and insectarium,” he says. “The work we can do is unique in Canada, so it’s important to build capacity as a new group and become more competitive for future fundraising appeals.
Patterson and his team also recently received funding from the federal government’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council to support their work.
To learn more about Patterson’s research or the Discovery Awards, visit the Banting Research Foundation website.