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June 30, 2004
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CFI funds four researchers

By Deborah Inkpen
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 control;
Dr. Yvan Rose, Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, was awarded $49,892 for speech sciences and language acquisition laboratory;

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:


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