By Katherine Gombay
It’s anything but your typical shopping list. An inverse gas chromatograph and a ramen/fluorescent microscope are just a few of the exotic-sounding items McGill researchers will be purchasing in coming months thanks to awards received from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
Eleven projects in such varied fields as pedestrian safety, sleep research, 3-D visualization and spinal surgery, among others, were chosen to receive awards under the Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF). The award-
winning projects are led by Drs. Luis Miranda-Moreno (Civil Engineering), Galen Halverson (Earth and Planetary Sciences), Marta Cerruti (Mining and Materials Engineering), Kevin Petrecca (Montreal Neurological Institute), Mai Vu (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Kristian Waters (Mining and Materials Engineering), Margaret Kalacska (Geography), Antoine Adamanditis (Douglas Institute), Sarah Hall (Earth and Planetary Sciences), Jorg Fritz (Microbiology and Immunology) and Jake Barralet (Biomedical Sciences).
Dr. Rosie Goldstein, McGill’s new Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) underlined the importance of these awards.
“The Canada Foundation for Innovation awards play an essential role in supporting the advancement of research projects at McGill. We are very pleased to highlight the important role that the CFI plays in supporting the innovative work that we do here,” she said.
“The Leaders Opportunity Fund is designed to help Canada’s universities continue to attract and retain the world’s best researchers at a time of intense international competition for leading faculty,” said Dr. Gilles G. Patry, President and CEO of the CFI. “This funding will enable institutions to strategically set priorities and acquire new infrastructure to support these exceptional researchers and improve labs and facilities.”
A total of $61 million was given out by the CFI under the LOF to support 245 projects in 48 different institutions.
For more information visit www.innovation.ca