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Minister Duncan Celebrates Cutting-Edge Infrastructure for Researchers

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 15, 2016) - The Government of Canada understands the central role of science and post-secondary research in a thriving, clean economy. That's why it continues to make record investments in research that will build on Canada's record of scientific excellence.

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, celebrated $5.2 million in funding for 19 projects at the University of Toronto. This Government of Canada investment was made through the Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund, which helps universities attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from around the world by giving them access to cutting-edge research tools.

Among the researchers receiving funding at the University of Toronto is Adriano Senatore. Senatore's work investigates the physiology of the human nervous system and seeks to create innovative solutions to some of the most common nervous system conditions like autism, stroke and epilepsy.

Quotes

"Investments like today's in Canada's research infrastructure are incredibly important to the nation's future. They give Canadian researchers the tools they need to make new discoveries that will better the lives of Canadians today and for years to come."

- The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

"From health to engineering and from telecommunications to environmental protection, the Canada Foundation for Innovation provides researchers with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that are essential for conducting world-class research that directly benefits all Canadians."

- Gilles Patry, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation

"Investment in cutting-edge research tools that are placed in the hands of research leaders fuels a significant legacy. In the world of academia, we fill our buildings with the most creative minds. We understand that when these inspirational individuals have the resources to achieve their vision, they shape the potential of students to become champions and shape our understanding of the world, ultimately improving the quality of life for all Canadians."

- Ulrich Krull, Professor, Vice-Principal of Special Initiatives, University of Toronto - Mississauga

"This welcome funding is helping me to equip my lab with cutting-edge research tools, such as a high-performance computer, state-of-the-art microscopes and an electrophysiology system. These critical pieces of equipment will help my team and me better understand how the nervous system evolved, providing a broader understanding of our own nervous system function and disease."

- Adriano Senatore, Professor of Biology, University of Toronto - Mississauga

Quick facts

  • The University of Toronto is receiving $5.2 million in infrastructure funding for 19 research projects.

  • On April 15, 2016, Parliamentary Secretary Terry Beech, on behalf of Minister Duncan, announced an investment of more than $19 million for tools and equipment through the CFI's John R. Evans Leaders Fund to support 94 projects at 33 universities across Canada.

  • Adriano Senatore looks to the natural evolutionary divergence in gene sequences, expression and function to better understand the physiology of the human nervous system. His research addresses some of the most fundamental and challenging questions associated with the nervous system and its evolution.

Associated links

List of CFI-funded projects

Canada Foundation for Innovation

John R. Evans Leaders Fund

The CFI Research Facilities Navigator, an online directory of CFI-funded labs that are available to collaborate with the private sector

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