Driving The Innovation Economy In Kingston



    McGuinty Government Building Ontario's Innovation-Driven Economy

    KINGSTON, ON, Aug. 14 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Research aimed at developing tools to help turn scientific data into
healthcare solutions is one of the two projects at Queen's University that
will receive $280,000 in funding from the province's Early Researcher Awards
program.
    Funding world-class research is part of Ontario's plan to build an
innovation economy.

    
    The researchers are:

    -   Dr. Hagit Shatkay, who is working to develop tools that will help
        scientists understand and use the flood of data that has been pouring
        in since the sequencing of the human genome.

    -   Dr. James Adam Howard Stotz, who is exploring ways to use single
        electrons or photons in information processing.
    

    In total, 66 projects across the province worth $9.24 million will
receive funding from the Early Researcher Awards program.
    The goal of this program is to improve Ontario's ability to attract and
retain the best and brightest research talent from around the world. Today's
investment will ensure that leading Ontario researchers have the resources
they need to build their research teams of graduate students, post-doctoral
fellows, research assistants and associates from across Canada and abroad.

    QUOTES

    "Kingston is a magnet for some of the top scientists and researchers in
the world. Together we are helping Ontario create an innovation economy that
thrives on ideas, highly skilled jobs and entrepreneurial spirit," said
Kingston and the Islands MPP John Gerretsen.
    "Today's investment is an important part of Ontario's plan to build an
innovation-driven economy. We are investing in the people who are pioneering
the scientific breakthroughs that will improve healthcare, protect the
environment, and ignite growth in the industries that will shape Ontario's
future," said Minister of Research and Innovation, John Wilkinson.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   The Early Research Awards program is an important part of Ontario's
        Innovation Agenda, a plan to make innovation the driving force of the
        provincial economy.

    -   Innovation is part of the McGuinty government's five-point plan for
        the economy. The other parts of the plan are:
           -   Skills and training
           -   Building infrastructure
           -   Strategic business tax cuts to create investment
           -   Partnerships with business
    

    LEARN MORE

    Learn More about the Early Researcher Awards

    Learn More about Ontario's Innovation Agenda

    Learn how Ontario's Budget 2008 is supporting innovation

    
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    BACKGROUNDER
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                 STRENGTHENING ONTARIO'S INNOVATION ECONOMY
    

    Funding world-class research is part of Ontario's plan to build an
innovation economy.
    Ontario's universities, colleges, hospitals and research institutes play
a vital role in the government's five-point plan to ensure Ontario remains at
the forefront of the global knowledge-based economy by supporting cutting-edge
research and developing world-class researchers.
    The Early Researcher Awards program (ERA) helps promising,
recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of graduate
students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants and associates. The goal
of the program is to improve Ontario's ability to attract and retain the best
and brightest research talent from around the world.
    Across the province, this investment will mean cutting-edge research
opportunities for as many as 225 graduate students and post-doctorate
researchers, and engage as many as 6,700 high school students each year,
giving them an inside look at real research and inspiring them to consider a
career in science and technology.
    The ERA program is a key part of Ontario's Innovation Agenda. Supported
by close to $3 billion in spending over eight years, the Ontario Innovation
Agenda is building Ontario's innovation economy on the strength of our
province's creative environment, diverse culture, highly skilled workforce,
world-class educational system and internationally recognized research
community.

    
            QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY EARLY RESEARCHER AWARDS RECIPIENTS
    

    Dr. Hagit Shatkay
    Translating Data into Knowledge for Disease Prediction and Prevention

    The amount and diversity of biomedical data has been increasing at an
astonishing pace since the sequencing of the human genome. However, dependable
analytical tools that can help decipher the data are still in their infancy.
Dr. Hagit Shatkay and her research team aim to join forces with physicians and
biologists and develop the most fitting tools for computationally utilizing
available data - including sequences, images and text - to model and
understand biological and medical phenomena, and translate this knowledge into
effective disease prediction and intervention

    Dr. James Adam Howard Stotz
    Controlling Particles for Quantum Information

    When confined to very small scales, the physics of a single electrical
charge, an electron, or a single piece of light, a photon, follows a different
set of rules called quantum mechanics. Single electrons or photons can encode
information allowing for fantastic new possibilities in quantum information
processing. For example, quantum cryptography is the only completely secure
method to transmit sensitive information over a network. Dr. Stotz and his
research team will work to develop new ways to control these single electrons
and photons for quantum information processing.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Sandra Watts, Minister's Office, (416)
314-7067; Perry Blocher, MRI Communications Branch, (416) 326-7717

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