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REF NO.: 99
SUBJECT: Memorial University researchers receive $2 million in funding support
DATE: Jan. 12
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Canada Research Chair in Ocean Technology: Dr. Ralf Bachmayer, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University
The RDC is investing $447,255 towards Dr. Bachmayer’s research on the autonomous operations of underwater vehicles in extreme environments such as the Canadian Arctic. This Canada Research Chair focuses on two research areas: under-ice operations and advanced autonomous underwater sampling techniques. Dr. Bachmayer was awarded $500,000 from the Canada Research Chairs program and $192,944 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
Atlantic Cod Genomics and Broodstock Development: Drs. Matthew Rise & Kurt Gamperl, Ocean Sciences Centre, Memorial University
Drs. Rise & Gamperl are receiving $183,050 from IRIF to support the $938,744 funding awarded from Genome Canada. Their research involves the discovery of several thousand Atlantic cod genes, the identification of sequence differences in these genes between individual fish, and the use of functional genomic experiments (e.g., using DNA microarrays) to identify the genes involved in the production of relevant traits such as resistance to pathogens and environmental stress.
300 MHZ NMR Spectrometer for Multinuclear Experiments: Dr. Christopher Kozak, Department of Chemistry, Memorial University
Dr. Kozak is receiving $124,125 towards the purchase of an NMR Spectrometer that will be used for conducting experiments with a wide range of nuclei. This instrument will become a part of the Centre for Chemical Analysis, Research and Training (C-CART) which is a satellite of Memorial University’s campus-wide Core Research Equipment and Instrument Training Network (CREAIT). This leverages a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) award for $150,000.
Fish Ecology Research Laboratory: Dr. Craig Purchase, Department of Biology, Memorial University
The RDC has supported Dr. Purchase’s research with an IRIF award of $90,716 to establish a new fish ecology research laboratory in the Biology Department at Memorial University. This leverages $81,456 in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
Canada Research Chair in Health Promotion and Community Development: Empowering Lives by Promoting Healthy Communities: Dr. Martha Traverso-Yépez, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University
Dr. Traverso-Yépez’s research seeks to identify ways to enhance the capacity of existing organizational networks to achieve a cooperative relationship between available health promotional services and the community. The $100,000 IRIF award leverages the $500,000 in funding from the Canada Research Chairs program.
Viruses and Movement of Genes Between Bacteria: Dr. Andrew Lang, Department of Biology, Memorial University
Dr. Lang’s project, in collaboration with the Broad Institute and the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, is generating genomic and metagenomic resources to further advance the study of marine ecosystems and evolutionary processes.
The IRIF award of $9,225 is being used to leverage the $9,225 committed by the Broad Institute and the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation to this project.
Digital Content Infrastructure for the Human and Social Sciences: Lorraine Busby, Library Sciences, Memorial University
Ms. Busby has been awarded $309,526 to participate in the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) to acquire a critical mass of digital text, data, images, visual and sound content from international and domestic publishing sources in the human and social sciences disciplines for Canadian researchers. The IRIF award leverages $309,526 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Memorial University is also supporting this project for $154,763.
Understanding the Past to Build the Future: Dr. Lisa Rankin, Department of Archaeology, Memorial University
Dr. Rankin has been awarded $250,000 to leverage $999,935 in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) program Community-University Research Alliances (CURA). Dr. Rankin’s research will provide Labrador Métis with greater knowledge of their past so that they may successfully confront current and future economic, educational and social challenges.
The following research projects were approved under the memorandum of understanding with the Canadian Institute for Health Research-Regional Partnership Program. Under this MOU RDC co-funds 50/50 on projects approved within CIHR-RPP.
The Origin of Creatine in Milk and the Regulation of its Synthesis During Lactation: Dr. Simon Lamarre, Department of Biochemistry, Memorial University
Dr. Lamarre is receiving $22,500 to conduct research to determine the origin of creatine in milk and understand the regulation of its synthesis in lactating females, as creatine plays a crucial role in the brain development of newborns. This IRIF funding is matched by $22,500 from CIHR-RPP.
The Influence of Neonatal Diet on the Epigenetic Status of the Pig Genome: Dr. Mark T. Collins, Department of Biochemistry, Memorial University
Dr. Collins has been awarded $11,000 to continue his research on the effect of periods of poor nutrition during foetal development and the long-term health consequences for adults. This IRIF funding is matched by $11,000 from CIHR-RPP.
The Role of Integrin-Linked Kinase in Human Trophoblast Cell Differentiation and Function: Dr. Daniel MacPhee, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University
Dr. MacPhee is receiving $158,814 for research that will aid in identifying the origin, in whole or in part, of some pregnancy-associated diseases thought to result from abnormal trophoblast development and could lead to the development of a specific blood test that could identify patients at risk of such diseases. This IRIF funding is matched by $158,814 from CIHR-RPP.
A Beta-Adrenoceptor Mediated Memory Circuitry in Rats: Dr. Qi Yuan, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University
Dr. Yuan has been awarded $119,073 to conduct research that involves a deeper understanding of the memory mechanism in animal models. This research has implications for the treatment of memory dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease and other age-related disorders, which significantly affect quality of life of millions of people. This IRIF funding is matched by $119,073 from CIHR-RPP.
Investigation of the HLA Class II Antigen Presentation Pathway in Estrogen Receptor Negative and Estrogen Receptor Positive Breast Carcinoma: Dr. Ahmed Mostafa, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University
Dr. Mostafa is receiving $22,500 to conduct a study that will improve our understanding of how a tumor cell can be altered to stimulate an effective immune response and consequently, aid in developing new approaches to breast cancer treatment. This IRIF funding is matched by $22,500 from CIHR-RPP.
This program element is intended to establish new R&D capacity in support of research and development, innovation and commercialization in areas relevant to both industry and the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Autonomous Oceans Systems – Research in Design, Navigation and Control: Dr. Ralf Bachmayer, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University
Dr. Bachmayer has been awarded $93,500 to research and develop novel autonomous platforms and solutions for existing platforms to explore, monitor and exploit the ocean and ocean floor in areas that are currently hard or impossible to access year-around, such as the Labrador Shelf or the Canadian Arctic.
Computational Climatology Laboratory: Dr. Joel Finnis, Department of Geography, Memorial University
Dr. Finnis has been awarded $50,000 to establish and operate a computational laboratory dedicated to the collection, synthesis, and interpretation of a wide range of climate and weather data, with an emphasis on understanding climate processes affecting Newfoundland & Labrador.
The Industrial Research and Innovation Fund has three elements for post-secondary institutions and other not-for-profit research facilities that support research and development, innovation and commercialization in Newfoundland and Labrador:
LeverageR&D: leverages the incremental R&D investments from regional, national, and international sources by matching financial contributions from public and/or private sources.
IgniteR&D: supports new researchers with the goal of increasing capacity in R&D, innovation and commercialization in areas relevant to both industry and the provincial economy where applicants are not eligible for LeverageR&D.
CollaborativeR&D: promotes collaborative research and research initiatives among industry and academia.
The Research & Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation that was established to improve Newfoundland and Labrador’s R&D performance. The Research & Development Corporation operates at arm’s length from government but with responsibility for providing advice and leadership within government. The RDC works with R&D stakeholders including industry, academia and government agencies and departments. For more information about the RDC, go to www.researchnl.com.