Ottawa gives University of Toronto $5.2M for research

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced $5.2 million in funding for 19 projects at the University of Toronto Mississauga on Friday, Apr. 15, 2016. (Photo: UTM)
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced $5.2 million in funding for 19 projects at the University of Toronto Mississauga on Friday, Apr. 15, 2016. (Photo: UTM)

BY KELLY ROCHE

The federal government is giving the University of Toronto $5.2 million for 19 projects to boost research and innovation, Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan announced at UTM Friday.
That’s where biology professor Adriano Senatore investigates the physiology of the human nervous system, aiming to create solutions to common conditions such as autism, stroke and epilepsy.
The 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,” said Senatore.
“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.”

The investment comes via the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s 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.
Ninety-four projects at 33 Canadian universities are benefitting from the CFI fund.
“Investments like today’s in Canada’s research infrastructure are incredibly important to the nation’s future,” said Duncan.
“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.”
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