UHN Secures Research Facility Funds

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Canada Foundation for Innovation awards $8.82M to UHN to enhance research infrastructure.
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Through investing in research infrastructure, CFI helps institutes attract and retain top talent, promote innovation and build our knowledge-based economy.
Today, the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) announced that a total of $333M will be invested into research infrastructure across Canada.
The funds were provided by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) through its Innovation Fund program—a competitive award that supports research facilities and equipment deemed essential for positioning Canada as a world leader in innovative research.
Gilles Patry, President and CEO of CFI explains, “In today’s highly competitive research environment, the nation’s researchers need access to the best tools and facilities that will make them stand out.”
UHN was awarded $8.82M to help build and enhance the following state-of-the-art facilities and capabilities:
  • DriverLab (to advance the design of safer vehicles for older and at-risk drivers; led by Dr. Geoff Fernie)
  • Centre for Islet Research and Therapeutics (to advance regenerative therapeutics for diabetes; led by Drs. Herbert Gaisano and Mark Cattral)
  • Image-guided Discovery Laboratory (to advance integrated systems-level imaging, quantitative imaging, image-guided interventions and dynamic, feedback-driven medicine; led by Dr. David Jaffray)
  • Proteomics, structural biology and optical microimaging capabilities for multi-dimensional tumour phenotype analysis (to advance customized cancer therapies; led by Dr. Benjamin Neel)
  • Organ Repair Laboratory (to improve the quality and increase the availability of donor lungs and livers; led by Dr. Shaf Keshavjee)
Dr. Christopher Paige, the Vice President, Research, UHN, comments, “CFI investments will further strengthen the innovation ecosystem that exists at UHN—an ecosystem that combines world-class patient care with cutting-edge resources and training across the full spectrum of research.”