McGuinty Government Invests In Medical Research To Strengthen The Health Of Ontarians



    $23 Million-Investment To Support Integration In London's Research
    Community

    LONDON, ON, March 29 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is attracting top
research talent and investment by supporting the integration of the Robarts
Research Institute with the University of Western Ontario, Premier and
Minister of Research and Innovation Dalton McGuinty announced today.
    "These outstanding doctors, scientists and researchers are doing amazing
work to help improve the lives of Ontarians who are living with serious
diseases such as cancer," said Premier McGuinty. "By supporting their work, we
can help Ontarians who are sick to get better and we can attract the best and
brightest researchers to Ontario."
    The government will provide $23 million to support the integration of
Robarts with the university and to help fund state-of-the-art medical research
equipment.
    "We're securing the future of the Robarts Research Institute so that its
world-renowned medical imaging and biomedical research can continue to
expand," said Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
"By investing in new equipment and making Robarts' new partnership with the
University of Western Ontario possible, we are enhancing the leading-edge
research being conducted at both institutions."
    "Robarts scientists are among the best in the world," said Dr. Cecil
Rorabeck, interim scientific director of Robarts. "This generous provincial
funding allows Robarts and Western scientists to come together to promote new
discoveries that will, without a doubt, change lives everywhere."
    "We are absolutely delighted that the Province of Ontario has recognized
and is supporting the accomplishments and the future potential for world-class
research at Robarts and Western," said Paul Davenport, president of The
University of Western Ontario.
    Investing in cutting-edge medical research is just one way the McGuinty
government is working on the side of families to strengthen Ontario's economy.
    Other initiatives include:

    
    -   Investing $6.2 billion in postsecondary education and student
        financial assistance and training by 2009-10 - the most significant
        multi-year investment in Ontario's higher education system in 40
        years
    -   Increasing full-time enrolment opportunities in postsecondary
        education for qualified students
    -   Creating the Ministry of Research and Innovation to help support the
        discovery, funding and marketing of new ideas and technologies
    -   Investing nearly $1.7 billion over five years in research,
        commercialization and outreach programs to help build a culture of
        innovation in Ontario.
    

    "Prosperity in the 21st century is all about investing in the skills,
knowledge and creativity of our people," said Premier McGuinty. "By supporting
world-class research here at home, we're ensuring Ontario remains the place to
be for years to come."

    
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