Canada Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs
Canada Foundation for Innovation

Canada Foundation for Innovation
Industry Canada

Industry Canada

June 27, 2005 11:00 ET

Minister Emerson Announces Five New Canada Research Chairs in British Columbia

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - June 27, 2005) - The Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry, today announced $2.76 million in funding for five new Canada Research Chairs in British Columbia. Funding for university researchers in British Columbia from the Canada Research Chairs Program represents $2.5 million, while an additional $260 000 has been invested by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support research infrastructure.

This funding is part of a $62.9-million investment to support 79 new Canada Research Chairs at 31 universities across Canada, which was announced today at the University of Prince Edward Island.

"The Government of Canada is continuing to build a world-class research environment in Canada by investing in new ideas and innovation, and the people who produce them," said Minister Emerson. "Today's funding will support research that is crucial to improving our environment, advancing our health care, protecting our natural resources, and making Canadians more productive and competitive, now and in future generations."

Of the 79 new Canada Research Chairs, 33 are either expatriates returning to Canada or researchers coming to Canada from abroad. So far, the Canada Research Chairs Program has attracted 475 researchers from other countries. The program was designed to attract and retain the best and brightest minds from around the world.

"British Columbia's universities are already known for their top-notch faculty and modern equipment," Minister Emerson added. "This funding will help our institutions continue to recruit and retain innovative researchers, and strengthen British Columbia's contribution to the science and medical communities."

One of British Columbia's newest Chairs is Cornelia Ulrich of the University of British Columbia. Appointed Canada Research Chair in Molecular Epidemiology and Pharmacogenetics, Professor Ulrich's research investigates the causes of cancer and examines how individualized treatment improves the prevention and treatment of this disease. Ultimately, this work on the interface of genetics, cancer prevention and drug treatment aims to eventually enable the prescription of tailored treatment regimens for patients that avoids toxicity and generates maximum effectiveness.

Today's investment also includes $8.1 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 www.innovation.ca.

The Canada Research Chairs Program has created 1509 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 www.chairs.gc.ca.

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