By Meaghan Thurston
Eight of McGill’s top researchers have been awarded Canada Research Chairs, Minister of State (Science and Technology) Ed Holder announced on March 28. Four CRCs have also been renewed, bringing a total of over $11 million to the university in additional funding for research over the next five to seven years.
Chairholders awarded new or renewed funds work in fields ranging from transportation and air quality to genetics of the nervous system. Research projects investigating the pathophysiology and treatment of diseases related to altered steroid hormone synthesis, including reproductive disorders, and cancer; as well as research aimed at enhancing our understanding of sound, and improving hearing aids and helping people with damaged voices are among those benefitting from the funds (see a complete list of new and renewed McGill CRCs below).
The CRC program was created to enable Canadian universities to attract and retain established and emerging world-class researchers.
The McGill chairholders who will benefit from this latest funding announcement are:
Philip Barker, Canada Research Chair in Molecular Neuroscience (New).
Niladri Basu, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Health Sciences (New).
Simon Gravel, Canada Research Chair in Statistical and Population Genetics (New).
Elin Grundberg, Canada Research Chair in Disease Genomics and Epigenomics (New).
Marianne Hatzopoulou, Canada Research Chair in Transportation and Air Quality (New)
Sidong Huang, Canada Research Chair in Functional Genomics (New).
Luc Mongeau, Canada Research Chair in Voice Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (Renewal).
Vassilios Papadopoulos, Canada Research Chair in Biochemical Pharmacology (Renewal).
Catherine Potvin, Canada Research Chair Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests (New).
Andrew Reader, Canada Research Chair in Positron Emission Tomography (Renewal).
Guy Rouleau, Canada Research Chair in Genetics of the Nervous System (New).
Michael Sullivan, Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Health (Renewal).