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Canada Providing US$124.1M for Scientific Research, Including 'Omics Projects

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Canadian government today announced funding of C$121.6 million (US$124.1 million) to support research into the health sciences, natural sciences, engineering, humanities, and social sciences.

The funding is being provided to support 155 newly awarded or renewed Canada Research Chairs, several of which are conducting studies into 'omics-related fields.

"Our government's top priority is creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity," Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), said today while speaking at the University of Toronto. "By investing in talented people through programs such as the Canada Research Chairs, our government is supporting cutting-edge research in Canadian post-secondary institutions. This fosters innovation by helping researchers bring their ideas to the marketplace, where they can touch the lives of Canadians."

Also speaking today was Jason Moffat, assistant professor of molecular genetics at the University of Toronto, and a Canada Research Chair in the functional genomics of cancer, who is investigating methods of intervening in cancer-causing genetic mutations.

"The funding provided through the Canada Research Chairs program allows researchers to continue to develop innovative technologies and think on a global scale in order to accelerate scientific progress," Moffat said. "In my case, this supports collaboration in identifying causes of diseases and finding cures."

Today's announcement includes an additional C$7.1 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation for research infrastructure associated with the new Chair awards.

New Chair awards for 'omics-related projects for which CFI is providing funding include C$176,552 to Maya Shmulevitz at the University of Alberta for a project called "Facility for functional genomic analysis of oncolytic viruses." The Canada Research Chairs program is providing C$500,000 to Shmulevitz.

Trevor Moraes at the University of Toronto received C$107,562 from CFI for his project, "Membrane protein: Protein interaction facility," while Canada Research Chairs is awarding him C$500,000.

Also, Moffat is getting C$155,540 from CFI for "Next-generation sequencing capacity for functional genetic screens in mammalian cells and synthetic antibody development," and C$500,000 from Canada Research Chairs.

Katherine Siminovitch at the University of Toronto is being funded with a C$227,460 grant from CFI for a project called "Molecular dissection of immunologic disease." Canada Research Chairs is providing C$1.4 million in funding.

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