CFI Invests Nearly $1.4 Million in U of G Research
Ten projects in four colleges receive federal support
Ten U of G research projects received nearly $1.4 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) in December. It was part of $45.4 million awarded through CFI's Leaders Opportunity Fund to projects involving 251 researchers at 44 universities across Canada.
Prof. Boyer Winters of the Department of Psychology received $315,922 and plans to use the funding for laboratory renovations and equipment to support his research on the neurobiology of learning and memory.
“The funds will be instrumental in enabling me to set up my research lab,” says Winters, who is working to understand memory at the anatomical, cellular and molecular levels to learn how and why these mechanisms break down.
CFI support was also awarded to:
- Prof. Mieso Denko, Computing and Information Science, $101,804 for a pervasive and wireless networking research lab.
- Prof. Andreas Heyland, Integrative Biology, $125,000 to study hormonal signalling in marine ecosystems.
- Prof. Nina Jones, Molecular and Cellular Biology, $123,911 to create a lab for the integrated study of vascular cell biology.
- Prof. David Ma, Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, $126,318 to support his research on dietary fatty acids as potential therapeutic agents, with the long-term goal of developing new strategies to prevent and treat cancer.
- Prof. Andrew MacDougall, Integrative Biology, $98,091 for infrastructure to study grasslands, species loss and global environmental change.
- Prof. Ryan Norris, Integrative Biology, $120,464 to create a lab for remote tracking of migratory animals.
- Prof. Beth Parker, Engineering, $188,200 for lab and field equipment to study organic chemical contamination in fractured rock beneath industrial sites.
- Prof. Alexander Valverde, Clinical Studies, $72,356 to explore novel approaches to anesthesia awareness and efficacy in animals.
- Prof. Robert Wickham, Physics, $120,376 for a high-performance computing facility for computational polymer physics research.