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Canada Funds New Concordia Genomics Labs

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Quebec's Concordia University plans to use a C$29.3 million ($28.2 million) grant from Canada's federal and provincial governments to build a new genomics and systems biology facility at the Loyola campus.

Funded through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, the Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics will house genomics and bioinformatics labs that will focus on interdisciplinary studies in the cellular and molecular sciences. Large-scale projects at the center may include biomass conversion studies, cellulosic biofuels research, and systems biology efforts.

The plan for the new building includes expanding the current Richard J. Renaud Science Complex and then housing the Genomics Centre in a new 58,000 square foot wing.

"This new investment in genomics is another example of Concordia University's ongoing response to the environmental challenges of today through the development of innovative new technologies," Concordia President and Vice-Chancellor Judith Woodsworth said in a statement.

Concordia plans to begin construction on the new genomics facilities in early 2010 and to finish in the spring of 2011.

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