Ottawa researchers receive $1.12 million in support of research in health, clean energy and new technology

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014

The Ontario Government announced a total of $1.12M in funding to support promising research being carried out by the University of Ottawa, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) and Bruyère Research Institute (BRI).

Eight young researchers involved will receive a total of $140,000 as part of the Early Researcher Award program, which helps recently-appointed facultymembersbuild their research teams and is a component of Ontario's strategy to retain and develop the best and brightest young talent.

“The University of Ottawa is extremely proud to partner with the Province of Ontario to continue developing key expertise. This allows Ontario industries to be competitive around the globe and has a significant impact on our health, quality of life and environment,” says Mona Nemer, vice-president of research at the University of Ottawa.

The eight researchers from the University of Ottawa and its affiliates are:

  • Professor Jaclyn Brusso (Faculty of Science), whose work on the design of smaller, lighter and more efficient technology materials will boost Ontario's information technology, nanotechnology and clean energy sectors
     
  • Professor Nicolas Corradi (Faculty of Science), whose research on microbes will help identify cutting-edge solutions to challenges in the medical and agricultural sectors
     
  • Professor Michel Godin (Faculty of Science), whose biomedical research will lead to more accurate, fast and cost-efficient diagnoses of different diseases
     
  • Dr. Grégoire Le Gal (OHRI), whose research on blood clots in the legs and lungs will result in improvements in diagnosing this condition, lead to better care for patients and affirm Ontario's leadership in this important area of medical care
     
  • Professor Alexandre Poulain (Faculty of Science), whose research on the polluting effects of metals on our ecosystem will ultimately result in technological innovations designed to protect our environment
     
  • Dr. Katey Rayner (UOHI), whose work focuses on how microRNAs and inflammation impact  cardiovascular disease, a condition that affects one in three people in Ontario
     
  • Professor Vivian Welch (BRI), whose work on clinical trials will lead to improved health care for vulnerable and disadvantaged people
     
  • Professor Vida Dujmovic (Faculty of Engineering), whose work on mathematical graphs has the potential to lead to exciting new technology applications.

The University of Ottawa is committed to research excellence and encourages an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation, which attracts the best academic talent from across Canada and around the world. The University is an important stakeholder in the National Capital Region's economic development, with a total regional economic impact estimated at $4 billion annually.

Information for media:

Kina Leclair
Media Relations Officer
University of Ottawa
Office: 613-562-5800 (2529)
Cell.: 613-762-2908
kleclair@uOttawa.ca

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