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April 22, 2005 11:00 ET

Minister Emerson Announces 19 New Canada Research Chairs in British Columbia




APRIL 22, 2005 - 11:00 ET

Minister Emerson Announces 19 New Canada Research
Chairs in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 22, 2005) - The
Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry, today announced $16.7
million in funding for 19 new Canada Research Chairs in British
Columbia. Funding for university researchers in British Columbia from
the Canada Research Chairs Program represents $14.9 million, while an
additional $1.8 million has been invested by the Canada Foundation for
Innovation (CFI) to support research infrastructure.

This funding is part of a $99-million investment to support 106 new
Canada Research Chairs at 34 universities across Canada, which was
announced today in Winnipeg.

"Today's funding will support research by Canada's leading scholarly and
scientific minds on issues that affect the well-being and prosperity of
all Canadians," said Minister Emerson. "From developing new technologies
to safeguarding our health, cities and natural resources, this is an
investment that will yield benefits, not just for us, but for our
children and grandchildren.

"These awards will further enhance British Columbia's contribution to
important scientific and medical advances, by helping our institutions
to recruit and retain leading-edge researchers," he added.

Of the 106 new Canada Research Chairs, 53 are either expatriates
returning to Canada or researchers coming to Canada from abroad. So far,
the Canada Research Chairs Program has attracted
442 researchers from other countries. The program was designed to
attract and retain the best and brightest minds from around the world.

One of British Columbia's newest Chairholders is Craig Stephen of
Malaspina University-College. Appointed Canada Research Chair in
Integrating Human and Animal Health, Dr. Stephen is examining the links
between human and animal health in order to predict and prevent new
health risks. Diseases acquired from animals, such as SARS, BSE, West
Nile virus and avian influenza, are a threat to human health and to
Canada's rural and national economies. Dr. Stephen's research addresses
these national priorities by aiming to prevent emerging environmental

Today's investment also includes $12.4 million from the CFI to fund
essential research infrastructure, ranging from computer equipment for
information databases to housing for laboratory facilities. For a
complete listing of CFI contributions, please visit the Foundation's Web
site at

The Canada Research Chairs Program has created 1446 research positions
at 73 Canadian universities since it was launched in 2000. The program
helps universities attract and retain the best researchers and achieve
research excellence in natural sciences and engineering, health
sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

For more information on this announcement, including the list of
recipients, please visit our Web site at


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