March 6, 2003, Gazette
|Dr. John Shirokoff
Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president (research and international
relations) of Memorial University of Newfoundland, welcomed an investment
of over $600,000 in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation
(CFI) for two new faculty members. Memorial has received $109,000 for
an analytical X-ray facility for a materials science and engineering research
project being led by Dr. John Shirokoff (Faculty of Engineering and Applied
Science), and $499,999 for equipment in support of research on cellular
signalling mechanisms in growth, development and disease, co-investigators
Drs. Robert Gendron, Hélène Paradis, Jules Doré and
Daniel MacPhee (Faculty of Medicine).
This CFI funding makes available to our researchers new, state-of-the-art
equipment that will significantly strengthen our competitiveness in research
and innovation, said Dr. Loomis.
The analytical X-ray system will provide multi-purpose measurement capabilities
for research in materials science and engineering, manufacturing (electronic
and chemical), mining, oil and gas. The wide range of experiments made
possible by this equipment presents important opportunities for Memorial.
Studies of cell signalling in growth, development and disease could lead
to major improvements in the health and quality of life of Canadians.
This infrastructure will support molecular biological and proteomics -based
research studies of health and disease.
This announcement brings the number of recipients of the New Opportunities
Fund awards to over 1,600 nationwide. The New Opportunities Fund is designed
to help launch the careers of new and talented faculty members. By attracting
and retaining new, high-calibre researchers, the CFI is assisting Canadas
efforts to strengthen research and training of high quality personnel
at institutions across Canada.
The New Opportunities Fund is helping universities to attract and
retain some of Canadas exceptional researchers and provide them
with the opportunity to accelerate their research careers, said
Carmen Charette, senior vice-president of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
A complete list of New Opportunities projects by university is available