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March 6, 2003, Gazette

Over $600,000 awarded to Memorial
New opportunities for researchers

Dr. John Shirokoff
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 Canada’s 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 Canada’s 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 at www.innovation.ca.