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McGill University receives almost $63 million under CFI program to support five research projects
Date:6/18/2009

This release is available in French.

Dr. Denis Thrien, Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) of McGill University today welcomed the Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) investment of $32,649,184 supporting five projects led by Dr. David Plant, Dr. Paul Lasko, Dr. David Thomas, Dr. Vincent Gigure and Dr. Chao-Jin (C.J.) Li. The Quebec government confirmed today it would match that funding.

"We are very pleased to see such a solid commitment to supporting research at the university level, from both the federal government and the government of Quebec, which provides matching funds," said Thrien. "These are important projects by world-class researchers in areas that will profoundly affect the human condition. We are delighted that the CFI and government of Quebec have shown such confidence in the work of McGill's researchers and we are most thankful for this important continuing support."

McGill's projects include:

  • Laboratories for Broadband Optical and Wireless Systems (LBOWS), an ambitious initiative designed to allow communications networks built in the 20th century to handle the connectivity needs of the 21st. LBOWS is led by Dr. David Plant, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Received $5,518,560 from CFI.

  • McGill/IRCM Research Group on Embryology and Disease (MIRGED), is a unique collaboration between three separate McGill research groups plus the l'Institut de recherches cliniques de Montral (IRCM). Led by Dr. Paul Lasko, Chair of the Department of Biology, MIRGED will use state-of-the-art technology to answer fundamental questions about the biology of various human pathologies. Received $4,307,709.

  • The Disease to Therapy Initiative, led by Dr. David Y. Thomas, Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Canada Research Chair in Molecular Genetics i
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Contact: Mark Shainblum
mark.shainblum@mcgill.ca
514-398-2189
McGill University
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