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Dr. Laleh Alisarie

It’s a small step in the right direction and one that could have a big impact, giving fresh hope to some of the most vulnerable.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting children and young adults in Canada. For those living with it, every day can be a battle to breathe comfortably. Symptoms vary, but more importantly, there’s still no known cure.

Dr. Laleh Alisaraie wants to change that. She would like to give those living with CF—particularly infants—the fighting chance they deserve to live longer, healthier lives.


Neil Chaulk

Tucked away in a bright, open-concept office on busy Topsail Road, owners of a Mount Pearl, N.L., business say their wireless technology will revolutionize how we work, play and stay connected.

And, they credit much of its early success to Memorial.

Solace Power was launched in 2007 by founder Kris McNeil, a Memorial graduate. 


Dr. Ursula Kelly

When friends, family and colleagues get together and chat about their adventures and travels, Dr. Ursula Kelly can boast a little about her four weeks spent as an island castaway.

The Faculty of Education professor found herself “tossed up” on the shores of Fogo Island after successfully applying for a coveted Fogo Island Research Fellowship, which gave her the time to write the introduction ofSongs and Stories of the Woodsmen of Newfoundland and Labrador, a book manuscript due from ISER Books late this summer.


Meagan McCardle and Kirk Luther.

A pair of graduate students say their research could have significant implications for Canada’s justice system.

Meagan McCardle and Kirk Luther are working on a unique collaborative project in the Faculty of Science aimed at improving young people’s understanding of their legal rights.


Drs. Caroline Porr, left, and Lan Gien. Photo by David Howells.

While many seniors living with diabetes express an interest in changing their diets to improve their health, most don’t know where to start.

Drs. Caroline Porr and Lan Gien from the School of Nursing and their team want to change that.


Applications are currently being accepted for a prestigious $50,000 research award for talented emerging researchers.

The Terra Nova Young Innovator Award is presented to a Memorial faculty member on behalf of the partners in the Terra Nova oil field by Suncor Energy as operator.


Engineering alumnus Paul Arsenault, an employee with Mount Pearl-based Solace Power. Solace is a graduate of the Genesis Centre and the creator of innovative wireless technology.

The Board of Regents approved the formal establishment of a Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTCO) during its meeting on Thursday, July 7.

The office will support industrial liaison, technology transfer and commercialization at Memorial. Functionally, the TTCO will be part of the vice-president (research) portfolio.


Memorial University of Newfoundland has released the Strategic Internationalization Plan 2020, a plan with specific recommendations to guide the university in the implementation of a wide range of ambitious international and intercultural initiatives over the next several years.