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$109M supports 126 new and renewing Canada research chairs


Calgary, AB – The federal government today announced $109.5 million to fund the appointment or renewal of 126 Canada research chairs. The funding also includes $10.5 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to fund research infrastructure essential to the work being done by 62 of the chairs.

The CFIs collaboration with the Canada Research Chairs Program has been instrumental in attracting first-class investigators to Canadian institutions, said Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI. Providing bright minds with cutting-edge tools is integral to keeping Canada competitive on the global stage.

Following are the chairholders who received a CFI contribution, along with university and project title:

Acadia University:
– O’Driscoll, Nelson – Mercury Biogeochemistry Laboratory, $127,675

Carleton University:
– Ellery, Alex – Space Robotics Manipulator System, $177,427

Concordia University:
– Ikeda, Satoshi – Political Sociology of Global Futures Research Office and Laboratory, $25,258

Dalhousie University:
– Beagan, Brenda – Infrastructure to Support the Development of a Centre for Research in the Social Determinants of Women’s Health, $60,061
– Zeh, Norbert – Experimental Evaluation of Algorithms for Massive Data Sets, $118,186
– Hall, Kimberley – Optical Parametric Oscillator Laser System for the Study of Optical Control of Charge and Spin in Semiconductors, $146,000

McGill University:
– Davis, Elaine – Enhanced Imaging and Data Acquisition for Vascular Biology and Extracellular Matrix Research, 63 720 $
– Coulombe, Sylvain – GC-MS for the Characterization of Non-Thermal Plasma Processes and Nanofluids, 100 000 $
– Lehoux, Stephanie – Vascular Signalling and Function, 108 400 $
– Le-Ngoc, Tho – Broadband Access Communications Facility, 201 930 $
– Raz, Amir – Cognitive Neuroscience of Suggestion: Concurrent and Integrative Measurements of Typical and Atypical Attention, 284 160 $
– Quinn, Thomas – Soft Tissue Biophysics Laboratory, 319 999 $
– Moores, Audrey – Green Chemistry and Catalysis, 382 490 $
– Papadopoulos, Vassilios – Biochemical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Laboratory, 400 000 $
– Lukacs, Gergely – From Molecular Structure to Cell Biology; an Integrated Approach to Elucidate the Basis Cystic Fibrosis and other Conformational Diseases, 524 030 $

McMaster University:
– Wynder, Christopher – Epigenetic Control of Human Stem Cells, $167,407

Queen’s University:
– Carrington, Tucker – Large-Memory Computers for Calculating Spectra and Rate Constants by Solving the Schroedinger Equation, $75,000
– McKenna, Timothy – Innovation in the Manufacturing of Polymers, $250,000

Simon Fraser University:
– Palen, Wendy – Aquatic Conservation Research Laboratory, $120,000
– Collard, Mark – Morphometrics and Phylogenetics Laboratory, $137,746

Universite Laval:
– Halley, Paule – Infrastructure droit de l’environnement, 60 130 $
– Cote, Jacques – Chaire de recherche en biologie de la chromatine et epigenetique moleculaire, 277 886 $

Universite de Moncton:
– Beaton, Ann – Centre de recherche en relations intergroupes, 55 073 $

Universite de Montreal:
– Di Noia, Javier – Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis for Generating Antibody Diversity, 203 239 $

Universite de Sherbrooke:
– Tremblay, Andre-Marie – Update of High-Performance Beowulf Cluster (Elix) for Properties of Correlated Materials, 98 441 $

Universite du Quebec a Montreal:
– Roussel, Stephane – Chaire de recherche du Canada en politiques etrangere et de defense canadiennes, 46 249 $

Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres:
– Berthoux, Lionel – Equipements pour la centrifugation et la transfection a haute capacite, 91 074 $

Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal:
– Dorner, Sarah – Innovative Sampling and Detection System for Microbial Contaminants in Source Waters, 125 000 $

University of Alberta:
– Erbilgin, Nadir – Plant-Insect-Fungi Interactions in Western Canada: Implications to Host Expansion of Mountain Pine Beetle and Plant-Mediated Interactions Between Insects and Fungi, $96,854
– Herrle, Jens – Applied Micropaleontology Laboratory, $246,871
– Cadien, Kenneth – Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) Research System for the Study of Nucleation, Film Growth And Applications of ALD Films, $250,000

University of British Columbia (The):
– Schoof, Christian – Glacier Dynamics Field Laboratory, $60,000
– Harder, Ken – Laboratory for Host-pathogen Immunogenetics, $125,000

University of Calgary (The):
– Hill, Josephine – Catalytic Gasification of Coals and Petroleum Coke, $135,490
– Ruwanpura, Janaka – Laboratory for Project Management Systems and Construction Productivity Monitoring, $195,101
– Lytton, Jonathan – Molecular Regulation of Na/Ca Exchanger Function, $290,870
– Stys, Peter – Advanced Non-Linear Optical Microscopy Center for the Study of Axo-Glial Disorders $480,000

University of Manitoba (The):
– Safi-Harb, Samar – An Advanced Computer System for Astrophysics Research at Manitoba, Focused on the Study of Supernova Remnants and Associated Phenomena, $125,000

University of New Brunswick:
– Munkittrick, Kelly – Electrofishing Boat and Trailer, $74,541
– Currie, Suzanne – Molecular Biology Suite for Studies in Environmental Stress Physiology, $106,541

University of Ontario Institute of Technology:
– Forbes, Shari – Development of a Decomposition Chemistry Laboratory and Geoforensic Research Facility, $125,000
– Naterer, Greg – Experimental Facility for Advanced Energy Systems, $125,000

University of Ottawa / Universite dOttawa:
– Hinzer, Karin – Device Characterisation Laboratory for Photonic Nanostructures and Integrated Devices, $119,999

University of Prince Edward Island:
– Whelan, William – Integrated Optical Platform for Advancing Biomedical Physics, $71,558

University of Regina (The):
– Yost, Christopher Centre for Irrigation Water Protection and Microbial Ecology of Foods, $137,044

University of Toronto:
– Ozin, Geoffrey – Ellipsometric Porosimetry: A New Analytical Technique to Elucidate the Porosity, Optical and Mechanical Properties of Novel Nanoporous Thin Films, $40,000
– Barner, David – Infrastructure Plan for the Study of Linguistic and Conceptual Development, $100,000
– Stanford, William – Extending the Research Capabilities of the Stem Cell Bioengineering and Functional Genomics Laboratory, $100,000
– Thywissen, Joseph – A Local Probe for Cold Atoms in Optical Lattices, $140,000
– herman, Philip – Infrastructure for the Enhancement of Laboratory Facilities to Investigate the Molecular Basis of Microbial Interactions with the Infected Host, $170,939
– Frey, Brendan – Computing Infrastructure for Information Processing and Machine Learning, $174,921
– Gramolini, Anthony – Cardiovascular Proteomics and Molecular Therapeutics Lab, $200,000
– John, Sajeev – Computational Platform for Design, Modeling , and Simulation of Photonic Crystals, $200,000
– Barfoot, Timothy – Autonomous Planetary Rover Testbed, $200,872
– Andrade, Maydianne – Integrative Behaviour & Neuroscience Research and Support Facility, $230,000
– Foster, Stuart – Transducer Fabrication Facility, $268,577
– Jurisicova, Andrea – Imaging for Women’s and Infants’ Health, $344,433

University of Western Ontario (The):
– Dunning, Cynthia – Human Orthopaedic Biomechanics: Studies to Assess Implant Fixation & Load Transfer, Osteotomy & Fracture Fixation, Spine Loading, and Impact Injury Limits ,$172,380
– Wang, Xianbin – Laboratory for Emerging Communications Systems, $173,446
– Atkinson, Gail – Engineering Seismology Toolbox for Canadian Seismic Hazards Research, $186,372
– Creed, Irena – Catchment Research Facility: Tracking Water and Nutrient Flows in Forests in Natural and Controlled Biomes under Changing Environmental Conditions, $236,325

University of Windsor:
– Lalman, Jerald – Environmental
Biotechnology Laboratory for the Development of Microbial Conversion Technologies, $49,575

The list of Canada research chair recipients can be viewed at http://www.chairs.gc.ca/web/media/lists/2007/recipients_sept_e.pdf