The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will invest $463,754
in support of four newly recruited faculty members at Memorial.
“These CFI investments will provide world-class facilities
and cutting edge tools for Canadian researchers examining
complex issues that are of critical importance to the province
of Newfoundland and Labrador and the rest of Canada,”
said Carmen Charette, interim president and CEO of the CFI.
“It will also enable outstanding researchers to provide
the training and mentoring required by the next generation."
“This is welcome news not only for researchers and students
at Memorial University, but also for Canada’s research
community,” said Dr. Christopher Loomis, Memorial’s
vice-president (research). “CFI funding continues to
help Memorial acquire world-class infrastructure, furthering
our growth and reputation in research.”
The four projects to receive funding from CFI are:
Dr. Janet Brunton, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of
Science, was awarded $71,774 for infrastructure to study amino
acid requirements of infants and children in states of health
and intestinal injury;
Dr. Michiru Hirasawa, Faculty of Medicine, was awarded $133,931
by CFI for cellular electrophysiology and photostimulation
system for investigation of central mechanism of body weight
Dr. Yvan Rose, Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts,
was awarded $49,892 for speech sciences and language acquisition
Dr. Terry-Lynn Young, Faculty of Medicine, was awarded $208,157
for a state-of-the-art gene discovery research laboratory
for Newfoundland and Labrador.
Total investments, approved by the CFI Board of Directors
on June 15, 2004, to support 124 projects involving 140 researchers
at 40 research institutions have been awarded through two
funds: $18.3 million under the New Opportunities Fund (NOF);
and $5.5 million under the Infrastructure Operating Fund (IOF).
A complete list of New Opportunities Fund projects, by university,
can be found at: www.innovation.ca.