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March 26, 2010 13:50 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Research Excellence at the University of Western Ontario and Across the Province

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) - Thanks to an increased investment by the Government of Canada in the Canada Research Chairs program, Canada will strengthen its position as a world leader in university research and development, which will lead to greater economic opportunities for Canadians. The Honourable Robert Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Canada, and Ed Holder, Member of Parliament for London West, today announced the Government of Canada is investing $64.8 million to support 72 Canada Research Chairs in Ontario.

"Our government is investing in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve Canadians' quality of life," said Minister Nicholson. "The Canada Research Chairs program is helping our universities develop and attract talented people, strengthening our capacity for leading-edge research, while creating jobs and economic opportunities for Canadians now and in the future."

"Here at The University of Western Ontario, our government is supporting world-class research excellence, helping to strengthen the economy of tomorrow," said Mr. Holder.

Today's event at The University of Western Ontario featured Gary S. Shaw, whose research uses nuclear magnetic resonance to understand the function of calcium-binding proteins. As Canada Research Chair in Structural Neurobiology, Dr. Shaw's research will provide a greater understanding of the role of the so-called S100 proteins in Alzheimer's disease and the potential for new drug development.

This renewed Canada Research Chair is part of a total of $165.5 million in funding for 187 Canada Research Chairs newly awarded or renewed at 44 Canadian universities announced today by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology). The funding announced includes $8.8 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for research infrastructure.

"This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Canada Research Chairs program," said Chad Gaffield, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Head of the Canada Research Chairs program steering committee. "For the past decade, the program has been integral in funding research excellence in Canada by recruiting and retaining renowned international experts at Canadian universities. The program enables our universities to create the necessary environment for groundbreaking research and to offer first-class learning and training experiences to graduate students, thereby preparing them to become the next generation of world-class leaders in all sectors of society."

"An innovative society depends on innovative people," said Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI. "The partnership between the CFI and the Canada Research Chairs program helps ensure that Canada preserves its most critical resource in the knowledge economy — intellectual capital. The advancements and discoveries made by these researchers will have a real and lasting impact on the lives of all Canadians."

"These prestigious Canada Research Chairs have helped Western and Southwestern Ontario attract and retain incredible research talent — men and women who are making discoveries and advancing work that will impact our country and our world. We are grateful for this continuing vital investment by the Government of Canada," said Amit Chakma, President of The University of Western Ontario.

 A full list of the 187 chairholders is available on the Canada Research Chairs website (

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    Gary Toft
    Director of Communications
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    Canada Research Chairs Program
    Trevor Lynn
    Manager, Communications
    613-302-9879 (cell)
    Canada Foundation for Innovation
    Yves Melanson
    Coordinator, Media Relations
    613-447-1723 (cell)