More than $7.5 million will support some of Canada’s top researchers

April 9, 2015

OTTAWA, April 9, 2015 — Dr. Leonardo Salmena is one of the latest researchers to join the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRC) for his groundbreaking investigation into acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. He is one of 150 new and renewed CRCs at 36 post-secondary institutions across the country who were announced today by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus.

In addition to the $139-million dollar investment in CRCs, Minister of State Holder also announced more than $7.5 million in infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), which will provide some of these world-class researchers with the cutting-edge tools they need to advance their work. As the new CRC in Signal Transduction and Gene Regulation in Cancer at the University of Toronto, for example, Dr. Salmena is receiving $125,000 from the CFI to help fund a lab that will allow him to develop new strategies for preventing and treating this form of cancer, which affects an estimated 5,900 Canadians each year.

“Whether working to improve treatments for leukemia, promote healthy aging or develop a new generation of high-performance materials, top researchers rely on leading-edge infrastructure to make advances that benefit Canadians,” says Dr. Gilles Patry, CFI President and CEO. “By supporting the CRC Program, the CFI is helping Canada maintain its reputation as a magnet for attracting and retaining top research talent from around the globe.”

The CRC Program invests approximately $265 million a year to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

For more information on Dr. Salmena’s appointment and the CRC program, click here.

For a complete list of CRCs receiving CFI funding, see below.

John R. Evans Leaders Fund

Funding for infrastructure associated with a Canada Research Chair

Institution

Projects approved

Dalhousie University

2

Lakehead University

4

Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

1

McGill University

2

Memorial University of Newfoundland

2

Mount Saint Vincent University

1

Nipissing University

1

Queen’s University

2

Royal Military College / Le Collège militaire royal du Canada

2

Simon Fraser University

1

Université de Montréal

1

Université du Québec à Rimouski

1

University of Calgary

2

University of British Columbia (The)

8

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

2

University of Toronto

3

University of Waterloo

5

University of Western Ontario (The)

2

Total  18  institutions / établissements

42

List of approved projects by institution / Liste des projets appuyés par établissement


Chairholder

Project title

Maximum CFI contribution

Dalhousie University

Bertrand, Erin

CRC Tier 2: Marine Microbial Proteomics

$125,000

Frampton, John

Development of Cell-Material Micro-Assemblies for Promoting Functional Integration of Soft Tissue Constructs

$124,849

Total

2

$249,849

Lakehead University

Fatehi, Pedram

Green Chemicals and Processes

$118,000

Mushquash, Christopher

Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction

$46,029

Rennie, Michael

Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries

$135,000

Tocheri, Matthew

Human Origins Laboratory at Lakehead University

$87,724

Total

4

$386,753

Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

Kraus, Christine

Enhancement of Low Background Counting, Material Testing and Assay Technologies for the SNO+ Experiment

$100,525

Total

1

$100,525

McGill University 

Kamen, Amine

Cell Culture Facility for the Accelerated Development of Bioprocesses

318 465 $

Soleimani, Vahab

Epigenetic Regulation of Muscle Stem Cell Function

60 000 $

Total

2

378 465 $

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Moore, Craig

Immune Mechanisms Underlying Injury and Repair in the Central Nervous System

$100,000

Ploughman, Michelle

Recovery and Performance Laboratory

$100,000

Total

2

$200,000

Mount Saint Vincent University

Zimmer, Zachary

 Gobal Aging and Community

$236,123

Total

1

$236,123

Nipissing University

Bruner, Mark

Establishment of the Nipissing University Youth Development through Sport and Physical Activity Laboratory

$45,225

Total

1

$45,225

Queen’s University 

Giacomin, Alan

Experimental Techniques to Determine the Rheological Properties of Polymeric Liquids

$200,000

Smol, John

Long-term Environmental Change Facility

$85,000

Total

2

$285,000

Royal Military College / Le Collège militaire royal du Canada

Langlois, Valérie

CRC Tier II in Ecotoxicogenomics and Endocrine Disruption

$208,979

Malardier-Jugroot, Cecile

CRC Tier II in Self-Assembly and Nanomaterials

$156,200

Total

2

$365,179

Simon Fraser University

Mun, Eundeok

Growth and Characterization of Novel Electronic Materials

$250,000

Total

1

$250,000

Université de Montréal

Charron, Frédéric

Shh Signaling in Normal and Pathological Brain Development

111 681 $

Total

1

111 681 $

Université du Québec à Rimouski

Gravel, Dominique

CRC in Biogeography and Metacommunity Ecology

74 033 $

Total

1

74 033 $

University of Calgary

Dong, Tao

Establishment of a Microbiology Laboratory

$150,000

MacCallum, Justin

Support for Biomolecular Structure and Design

$250,000

Total

2

$400,000

University of British Columbia (The)

Abolmaesumi, Purang

Advanced Ultrasound Imaging for Computer Integrated Surgery and Cancer Diagnosis

$95,000

Law, Michael

A Data Platorm for Pharmaceutical Policy Research

$73,107

Nislow, Corey

Precision Pharmacogemomics: Automated Data Collection and Custom Analysis

$114,442

Ogilvie, Gina

Global Control of HPV Related Cancer

$72,145

Pratt, Geraldine

Transnationalism, Precarity and Performance

$39,880

Ramankutty, Navin

Global Agricultural Observatory: Advanced Computational Facility for Assessing Global Food Security and Sustainability

$57,964

Renneckar, Scott

Advanced Characterization of Wood Biopolymers

$94,567

Werker, Janet

Multisensory Foundations for Speech Perception and Language Development: Implications for Population Health

$96,097

Total

8

$643,202

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

Dolgaleva, Ksenia

Nonlinear Integrated Optical Devices based on III-V Semiconductors for Quantum and Classical Communications

$209,618

Newman, Stephen

Sustainable Chemical Synthesis in Batch and Flow

$399,217

Total

2

$608,835

University of Toronto 

Levine, Joel

Mechanisms and Features of Social Networks in Drosophila

$218,000

Page-Gould, Elizabeth

Toronto Social Psychophysiology Lab: Multi-Method Observation of Dyads and Groups

$130,000

Salmena, Leonardo

Creation of a Laboratory to Study Signal Transduction and Gene Regulation in Cancer

$125,000

Total

3

$473,000

University of Waterloo

Chen, Zhongwei

Advanced Chemical Vapour Deposition System for Nanostructured Energy Materials Development

$75,000

Itier, Roxane

A Portable Eye Tracking-EEG System

$50,000

Schipper, Derek

Equipment for Organic Materials Synthesis, Purfication and Characterization

$125,000

Sciaini, Alberto (Germán)

Ultrafast Electron Sources for Atomically-Resolved Dynamics and High-Resolution Imaging

$375,000

Strack, Maria

Gas Chromatograph and Ultraportable Sensor for Determination of Peatland Greenhouse Gas Exchange

$59,936

Total

5

$684,936

University of Western Ontario (The)

Lomber, Stephen

Equipment for Electrophysiological Recording and Functional Imaging of Brain Plasticity

$200,000

MacDonald, Penny

Investigating Cognition in Parkinson's Disease: Identifying Features that Predict Functional Impairment

$134,749

Total

2

$334,749

TOTAL

42 projects

$5,827,555

NOTE:
As part of this announcement, an additional $ 1,748,266 was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, a mechanism that assists institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.