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SUBJECT: New Research Infrastructure at Memorial Universityâ€™s Faculty of Medicine
DATE: March 5
St. John’s , Newfoundland and Labrador , March 5, 2004 – The installation of a pathogen-free mouse vivarium module will create increased research capacity at Memorial University , particularly in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular and renal physiology, genetics, immunology and virology, and neuroscience.
The module, purchased with $279,609 in assistance from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Business Development Program, allows for the study of mice in a sterile environment. This important upgrade to existing research infrastructure at Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine will:
- increase employment and training opportunities for researchers;
- enhance the profile of Memorial as a modern, technically sophisticated institution capable of supporting advanced medical research;
- improve researchers’ ability to collaborate with other institutions and with industry partners, and
- ensure Memorial remains in compliance with the humane treatment, care and essential use of animals for medical research.
“ Memorial University is a centre of research excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador ,” said the Honourable R. John Efford, Minister of Natural Resources, at an event at Memorial today. “Improvements such as this help to ensure the continued growth of our local research community by providing opportunities for learning and advancement, while serving to attract researchers from the international community and much sought after funds from the public and private sector. The sharing of knowledge and resources across disciplines and across borders is vital to the growth of the 21 st century economy and Newfoundland and Labrador ’s place in it.”
This upgrade is expected to have a significant impact over time on marketable technologies, preventative and therapeutic treatments, medical procedures, and novel drugs and drug testing, made possible through existing and prospective research initiatives within the Faculty of Medicine.
"I am pleased that ACOA is investing in this important aspect of university research," said Memorial President Dr. Axel Meisen. "Research efforts at Memorial University will be strengthened by the addition of this modern facility to our animal care operations. Many health-related research projects depend on this type of specialized equipment. We are hopeful that it will give our researchers another tool to perform leading-edge, world-class research in order to understand and find cures for major diseases."
Memorial will purchase and install a BioBubble R animal care unit – a prefabricated clean room with air mass pressurization and control equipment for animal housing and research, as well as a large-scale sterilizer to ensure a contaminant-free environ and research tools. This module will enhance the existing infrastructure at the Department of Animal Care.
Memorial University is committed to the humane, responsible and ethical use of animals in research programs.
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