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November 10, 2005 10:43 ET

Industry Canada: The Honourable R. John Efford Announces New Canada Research Chair at Memorial University of Newfoundland

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 10, 2005) - The Honourable R. John Efford, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canada Research Chairs Program, today announced $620 000 in funding for a new Canada Research Chair at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Funding for this university researcher in Newfoundland and Labrador from the Canada Research Chairs Program represents $500 000, while an additional $120 000 has been invested by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support research infrastructure.

This funding is part of a $91.8-million investment in universities across the country to support the appointment of 126 Canada Research Chairs, as announced today by the Honourable Jean-C. Lapierre, Minister of Transport and Political Minister for Quebec. These senior research positions, vital for Canada's economic, scientific and social development, were further supported with $10.4 million from the CFI.

"The work of the Canada Research Chairs is of crucial importance for Canadians. Whether it is in the areas of health, the environment or education, the new knowledge developed through research has a direct impact on making our communities better, safer places to live and to raise the next generation," said Minister Emerson.

"Newfoundland and Labrador has received a total of $18.8 million for 17 Canada Research Chairs since the program began in 2000," said Mr. Efford. "These awards will enhance the province's contribution to scientific and medical research in Canada, and help our institutions attract the best and brightest researchers."

Newfoundland and Labrador's newest Chairholder, Valerie Booth of Memorial University of Newfoundland, was appointed Canada Research Chair in Proteomics. Her research uses nuclear magnetic resonance to study how the structure of proteins leads to their biological function. By applying this knowledge to guide the design of drugs, Dr. Booth's research will assist people suffering from respiratory distress and immune diseases, and contribute to the Canadian biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry.

The Canada Research Chairs Program (www.chairs.gc.ca) helps universities attract and retain some of the world's best research minds. Canada Research Chairs are recognized internationally as leaders in their fields, whether they work in the natural sciences and engineering, in the health sciences, or in the social sciences and humanities.

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