New genomics and health research centres open at Concordia

Federal and provincial governments invest $65 million under Knowledge Infrastructure Program

MONTREAL, Nov. 4, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian and Quebec government representatives joined Concordia officials to inaugurate the university's two new research facilities — the PERFORM Centre and the Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics.

The buildings are imposing additions to Concordia's Loyola Campus in Montreal's west end. Ottawa and Quebec provided $65 million in funding under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program for the projects, which will enable Concordia to propel discoveries in environmental conservation and personal health.

"The PERFORM and Genomics centres represent a leap forward in research that not only advances the accumulation of knowledge, but also strengthens the foundations of our society," says Concordia President and Vice-Chancellor Frederick Lowy. "Researchers at the Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics are investigating how to transform green waste into sustainable fuels to reduce our dependence on non-renewable energies, while the PERFORM Centre is investigating ways to improve health."

Read more at: www.concordia.ca/now/what-we-do/teaching/20111103/concordia-inaugurates-health-and-genomics-research-centres.php

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