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(March 7, 2002, Gazette)

For more information about the items below or to request application materials, contact Elaine Whelan at the Office of Research, 737-8251 or e-mail

New university policy
A revised university policy on ethics of research involving human participants was approved by Senate at its meeting of Jan. 8, 2002. A copy of the policy has been posted to the Office of Research’s Web site at To view the policy, select policy and procedures under the “For Researchers” section.

Use of placebos in clinical trials
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Health Canada are co-sponsoring a national conference on appropriate use of placebos in clinical trials. It will be held at the Westin Hotel, Ottawa, on March 22-23. Further information and the registration form may be obtained at, by e-mail to, or by telephoning (613) 941-2364.

Chair in Canadian Studies
The chair in Canadian Studies established at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in June 2000 is vacant for the 2002-2003 academic year. It is intended for a Canadian academic of international repute. The candidate will be either francophone or anglophone (preferably bilingual), in any of the following fields: history, political science and sociology. Preference will be given to candidates who have a strong orientation to academic research and a proven record of teaching excellence. The monthly salary will be 3,800 euros, for eight months, and an additional 4,500 euros for housing allowance. The appointee will be working in connection with the Canadian Studies Center of Paris 3 and will have a teaching load of five hours a week (master’s and doctorate levels) covering 26 weeks, from Oct. 15, 2002, to the end of May 2003. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2002. For more information, please contact Jean-Michel Lacroix at

Dairy Farmers of Canada
The guidelines for grant application under the Nutrition Research Funding Program of Dairy Farmers of Canada, as well as the letter of intent, are now available at The letter of intent must be submitted no later than April 15, 2002, for consideration for funding beginning Jan. 1, 2003. If the research proposal is in accordance with current research priorities and funding capabilities, the applicant will be invited to submit a full application.

NSERC Herzberg medal
NSERC is inviting nominations for the 2002 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. This is the councils’ highest honour and recognizes research contributions characterized by both excellence and influence. It is awarded annually to an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence and influence in research for a body of work conducted in Canada that has substantially advanced the natural sciences or engineering fields. In addition to the Medal, the winner is guaranteed $1 million over a five-year period in research funding which may be used for support of the recipient’s research or a related purpose such as the establishment of research scholarships, fellowships, or a research chair. Nominations must be submitted by April 15.

EJLB Scholar research program
The EJLB Foundation awards up to seven grants each year under its Scholar Research Program for support of projects in all areas of neuroscience that pertain directly or indirectly to schizophrenia and mental illness. Specific areas of support in the past have included developmental neurobiology, synaptic mechanisms, systems and cognitive neuroscience, and clinical studies on the genetic and physiopathologic aspects of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The value of each grant is $300,000 to be expended over a three-year period. Eligibility is restricted to faculty members appointed after June 1997 who have earned an MD and/or a PhD. Application is initially through a letter of intent which must be submitted by May 1.

Imminent deadlines
Apr. 15
Canada Council — project assistance to visual arts, craft and architecture.

Dairy Farmers of Canada — nutrition research funding program (letter of intent).

Memorial, Publications Subvention Board of Memorial University of Newfoundland — publications subvention.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) — Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold medal for sciences and engineering.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) — strategic projects.

Apr. 17
Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada - industrial research fellowships.

Apr. 30
Hospital for Sick Children — Innovative Investigators (full application); New Investigators (full application).

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation — research grants (letter of intent).

Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research — development grants.

Roeher Institute — research grants; major research grants.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons — RCPSC-AMS award in research and development in medical education; royal college faculty development grant.

Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of Canada — Major research grant; graduate student awards (applications due).