../Morning Post
Posted November 16, 2009
Health R&D Innovation

Ontario Government awards Queen’s researchers $25 million

Kingston - Queen’s University researchers involved in 26 projects, ranging from nuclear materials to microelectronics to bone and joint repair have received more than $25 million in new provincial infrastructure grants.

As part of Ontario’s Innovation Agenda, the Ontario Research Fund grants will support 46 projects involving nearly 342 scientists and researchers at 13 institutions across the province.

“We are delighted to receive this very substantial investment from the Ontario Government in Queen’s many innovative and diverse research projects,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “Today’s funding will help ensure that our outstanding researchers continue to have competitive, state-of-the-art infrastructure to engage in their leading-edge research and technology development. This in turn will bring significant benefits to our local community, to the province and to the country.”

Mechanical and Materials Engineering professor Richard Holt and his 30-member team receive $7 million to support their study of the behaviour of nuclear reactor core materials in a simulated radiation environment. The program is developing advanced materials for the next generation of nuclear reactors.

Ian McWalter (Canadian Microelectronics Corporation) leads a team of 300 researchers at Embedded Systems Canada who are designing microsystems for the information, clean tech, and medical device technologies sectors. CMC Microsystems was launched in 1984 at Queen’s as a collaboration among universities, NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) and industrial partners. The research group has been awarded $9.2 million.

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Mechanical and Materials Engineering David Pichora’s 15-member team at the Human Mobility Research Centre receives $700,000 to support their research into improving bone and joint tissue reconstruction and regeneration with a combination of biomechancial, biological, computing, and imaging approaches. Their work will enhance mobility in people with musculoskeletal disorders.

Other Queen’s researchers to receive ORF infrastructure grants are:

• Gunnar Blohm (Physiology, Computing) whose team receives $200,000 to study how the brain uses and transforms sensory information into behaviour.

• Christopher Booth (Oncology, Medicine) whose team receives $80,000 to create a chemotherapy database to advance cancer treatment.

• Christopher Bowie (Psychology, Psychiatry) whose team receives $75,000 to develop new treatments for schizophrenia.

• John Cartledge (Electrical and Computer Engineering) whose team receives $180,000 to improve next-generation communications systems.

• John Cartledge and David Plant (Electrical and Computer Engineering) whose team receives $1.2 million towards a laboratory for broadband optical and wireless systems.

• Anne Ellis (Allergy, Microbiology and Immunology) whose team receives $180,000 to help slow today’s allergy epidemic through understanding and prevention.

• Gabor Fichtinger (School of Computing, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Surgery) whose team receives $400,000 to develop minimally invasive systems for cancer diagnosis and treatment.

• Yves Filion (Civil Engineering) whose team receives $150,000 to develop a gastrointestinal illness surveillance system.

• Lauren Flynn (Chemical Engineering) whose team receives $100,000 to investigate alternative treatment options for traumatic injury and disease.

• Gregory Jerkiewicz (Chemistry) whose team receives $200,000 to determine the quantum entanglement in electrochemical processes involving hydrogen.

• Philip Jessop (Chemistry) whose team receives $270,000 to develop “green” processes for the pharmaceutical industry.

• Zongchao Jia (Biochemistry) whose team receives $46,000 to support their study of how cancer develops at the protein level.

• Kurt Kyster (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering) whose team receives $2 million to support their work using isotopes to find valuable ore deposits.

• Amy Latimer (Kinesiology and Health Studies) whose team receives $95,000 to improve physical fitness in adults with mobility impairment.

• Paul Martin (Biology) whose team receives $120,000 to help predict the human impact on biodiversity.

• William Nelson (Biology) whose team receives $130,000 to advance the ecological well-being of our rivers and lakes.

• John Peacey (Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining) whose team receives $100,000 to develop new processes for complex copper and nickel ores and concentrates.

• Joshua Pearce (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) whose team receives $200,000 to develop high efficiency solar photovoltaic cells.

• Elaine Petrof (Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Immunology) whose team receives $180,000 to develop new therapies to prevent and treat inflammatory bowel disease.

• Kyra Pyke (Kinesiology and Health Studies) whose team receives $80,000 to develop effective cardiovascular disease prevention programs.

• Kevin Robbie (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy) whose team receives $1.4 million to advance technology development and industrial applications for thin film coatings.

• Jeremy Squire (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) whose team receives $500,000 to develop more effective treatments for cancer through studying cellular genomics.

• Kim Woodhouse (Dean of Applied Science, Chemical Engineering) whose team receives $125,000 to support their work developing artificial blood vessels.

Today’s funding is part of a broader $268-million province-wide investment to support 214 projects and more than 3,300 researchers in 14 cities through the Ontario Research Fund-Research Infrastructure program.

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