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    Canada closing in on R&D goal: Allan Rock

    Canada Research Chairs near solution to spinal injuries, defy
    150-year-old law of physics and explore legal and
    ethical issues of cloning

    TORONTO, ON, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - Allan Rock, Minister of Industry, praised
    the work of university researchers today as he announced funding for 118 new
    Canada Research Chairs. A special ceremony took place at the University of
    Toronto to mark the $900-million Program's 1000th Chair appointment.
    "Today, more than 1000 Chairs in universities across Canada are helping
    make the quality of life of Canadians better every day," said Minister Rock.
    "Thanks to the research of all the Chairs, Canada is closer than ever to its
    goal of becoming one of the top five countries in the world for research and
    development performance -- a priority in the Government of Canada's Innovation
    "This is an important milestone for the Canada Research Chairs program
    because it not only demonstrates the commitment of our government to
    supporting world-class research, but as well, the dedication of our
    researchers who continue to push the boundaries of our knowledge even
    further," said Dr. Rey Pagtakhan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Secretary
    of State (Science, Research and Development).
    This announcement at the University of Toronto featured
    Dr. Molly Shoichet, Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering, who showcased
    her promising new developments in nerve regeneration for people with spinal
    cord injury (SCI). Rick Hansen, President and CEO of the
    Rick Hansen Man In Motion Foundation, was a special guest at the ceremony.
    "Advancements in research reinforce the growing possibilities for a cure
    for SCI," said Rick Hansen. "It is our hope that discoveries, like that of
    Dr. Shoichet, will lead to improved standards of treatment and care, and more
    effective therapies to improve the quality of life of people living with SCI."
    The work of the Canada Research Chairholders continues to strengthen
    Canada's research and development capabilities. For example,
    Prof. Timothy Caufield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at the
    University of Alberta, is examining the booming fields of biotechnology and
    genetics with a view to develop sound legal and ethical policy. And history
    was made when Dr. Louis Taillefer, Canada Research Chair in Quantum Materials
    at the Université du Québec à Sherbrooke, disproved a 150-year-old law of
    physics. The Wiedemann-Franz law predicts that at low temperatures metals
    should conduct both heat and electricity well.
    Dr. Taillfer's pivotal discovery now means we're one step closer to
    something previously unimaginable - superconductivity at room temperature. And
    the in-depth analyses of educational environments undertaken by
    Dr. J. Douglas Willms, Canada Research Chair in Human Development at the
    University of New Brunswick, will assist both educators and parents in
    maximizing the learning potential of today's youth.
    Of the 118 new Chairs, 26 or 22% are women and 66 or 55% are either
    expatriates or international researchers coming to Canada. Sixty-one
    universities across the country have received Canada Research Chairs.
    Today's investment includes $102.2 million from the Canada Research
    Chairs Program and $15.6 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation
    (CFI) to provide infrastructure support to Canada Research Chairholders.
    "Our partnership with the Chairs Program is helping to attract some of
    the very best researchers from around the world to universities and
    communities across the country," said Dr. David Strangway, President and CEO
    of the CFI. "Their research and discoveries are helping to further improve the
    quality of life for all Canadians."

    List of recipients
    Chairs Program backgrounder
    CFI infrastructure chart
    CFI backgrounder


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    This is a huge and good investment that will yield a lot of research for Canada. I am glad for Canada. Wise.