Harper Government Invests in Research Excellence Across the Country – Vancouver

Canadian universities retain and attract brightest minds with federal funding

Vancouver, British Columbia, October 12, 2012—Top researchers at post-secondary institutions across Canada will continue to spur innovation thanks to a Harper Government investment in the Canada Research Chairs program. These world-class researchers bring new perspectives and solutions to the critical issues facing Canadians today, addressing challenges across Canadian universities’ fields of research in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences. The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today celebrated funding of $121.6 million in support of top researchers.

“Our government’s top priority is creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Minister Moore. “By investing in talented people through programs such the Canada Research Chairs, our government is supporting cutting-edge research in Canadian post-secondary institutions. This fosters innovation by helping researchers bring their ideas to the marketplace, where they can touch the lives of Canadians.”

In total, $121.6 million is being invested to support 155 newly awarded or renewed Canada Research Chairs. These chairholders will undertake new, cutting-edge research at 42 Canadian post-secondary institutions. This Harper Government investment allows Canadian post-secondary institutions to strengthen their position as global leaders in research and development, bringing greater economic opportunities for Canadians.

Today’s event featured Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose from the University of British Columbia (UBC), who is working to provide evidence that major health issues, cognitive declines and falls among seniors can be improved with specific exercise training. Dr. Liu-Ambrose, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility and Cognitive Neuroscience, is using imaging technology to better understand the relationship between exercise, mobility and cognitive health in seniors. Her research will lead to the development of new diagnostic and treatment strategies that promote healthy aging.

“The research conducted by Canada Research Chairs—including my own at UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health—makes a real difference in people’s lives and betters our understanding of the world around us,” says Dr. Liu-Ambrose. “I am honoured to join this group of leading investigators.”

“In addition to providing funding to the exceptional researchers already working in Canadian universities, the Canada Research Chairs program brings some of the brightest scholars to the Canadian research landscape, transforming our institutions into world-class research centres,” said Chad Gaffield, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Chair of the Canada Research Chairs Steering Committee. “With this federal funding, chairholders will improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada’s international competitiveness and train the next generation of highly skilled people.”

The investment announced today also includes an additional $7.1 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for research infrastructure associated with the new Chair awards.

“Canada Research Chairs are working in areas of strategic importance to Canadians,” said Gilles G. Patry, President and CEO of the CFI. “The infrastructure investments that we are making as part of these awards will leave a lasting legacy in the communities where these researchers work.”

The 155 chairholders will conduct research in diverse fields, with potential benefits for policy-makers, businesses, practitioners and Canadians.

A complete list of chairholders is available on the Canada Research Chairs website.

Details on the CFI’s funding for research infrastructure associated with the new Chair awards are available on the CFI website.

Source: Canada News Centre

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