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REF NO.: 46

SUBJECT: Memorial University number one in research growth

DATE: Oct. 29

Memorial’s research income grew by more than 116 per cent between 2002 and 2007.
Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities List 2008 has been released and Memorial ranked first in the universities with medical/doctoral programs for research income growth, a score that’s more than double the category average of about 50 per cent growth.
Memorial researchers have received $90 million in external research funding over the last year including more than $1.6 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, nearly $8 million from the province’s Atlantic Innovation Fund, about $1.5 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and more than $7 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. This funding has been used for a number of projects including solving the mystery of some genetic diseases, improving offshore oil development, infant amnesia, seabed imaging and studying the connection between aging and memory.                                                                                                           
“We made research a priority at Memorial several years ago and we’ve delivered on that promise,” said Dr. Ray Gosine, vice-president, pro tempore. “Research is essential to our growth as a university in Canada. We are extremely proud that our research is making a difference in people’s lives, that it is outstanding and that it has local and sometimes global significance.”
More than 50 per cent of all the research and development undertaken in Newfoundland and Labrador is performed by researchers at Memorial University. It is the largest research organization in the province.
Together, Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities posted a 3.5 per cent growth rate in their total sponsored research income in fiscal 2007. Total research income reached $5.7 billion, up from $5.5 billion in fiscal 2006.
Research Infosource Inc. releases the list each year with data obtained from Statistics Canada and the Research Infosource Canadian University R&D database. Memorial will be featured in an upcoming issue of the National Post and the Ottawa Citizen in the Canada's Innovation Leaders supplement - Spotlight on University Growth.
Research Infosource Inc., is a division of The Impact Group, is Canada's source of R&D intelligence. Drawing from extensive databases, Research Infosource Inc. publishes Canada's Top 100 Corporate R&D Spenders List, Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List, and specialized reports.

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