McGuinty Government Supports Cutting-Edge Research



    World-Class Innovation Means More Prosperity For Ontarians

    TORONTO, April 24 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is attracting the best
and brightest minds to Ontario by supporting new research across the province,
announced Deputy Premier George Smitherman, on behalf of Premier and Minister
of Research and Innovation Dalton McGuinty.
    "For Ontario to be prosperous tomorrow, we need to invest in the skills,
knowledge and creativity of our people today," said Smitherman. "By supporting
new research, Ontarians will benefit from better health-care services, new
technologies, a cleaner environment and more opportunities for success."
    The government is investing more than $103 million to support 35 projects
through the Ontario Research Fund's Research Infrastructure program. The
program helps researchers obtain the tools they need to stay on the forefront
of innovation, including lab space, equipment and computer software.
    "The province's investment will go a long way to support research and
attract international talent," said John Dick, Princess Margaret Hospital and
Toronto General Research Institutes senior scientist and research award
recipient. "Top level scientists are in great demand and can work anywhere in
the world so it often comes down to finding an environment that substantially
supports and encourages their work. Most importantly, they want a strong
community of other scientists thereby creating a hotbed of activity where the
latest advances, some that have not even been envisioned, can happen."
    "Ontario needs to be nimble in the fast-paced global economy," said
Premier McGuinty. "Today, more than ever, our economic and social prosperity
depends on our ability to compete and win in the marketplace."
    The funding will leverage matching investments from 188 partners from
industry and other fields.
    Investing in research and innovation is the latest example of how the
McGuinty government is working on the side of businesses and families to
strengthen Ontario's economy.

    
    Other initiatives include:

    -   Attracting over $7 billion in new investment announcements in the
        auto sector, creating as many as 7,000 new jobs
    -   Introducing the $160-million Ideas to Market strategy to grow new
        start-ups and drive innovative discoveries rapidly from the lab to
        the marketplace
    -   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.
    

    "To succeed in the changing economy, we need to develop new ideas and
turn those ideas into exciting products and services that we can market to the
world," said Premier McGuinty. "By investing in research and innovation and
the skills and knowledge of our people, Ontario will remain the place to be
for years to come."
    For more information about the Ontario Research Fund, please visit
www.ontario.ca/innovation.

    
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                       ONTARIO RESEARCH FUND PROJECTS

    Under the Ontario Research Fund, the McGuinty government is investing $527
million to provide Ontario's researchers with operating, overhead and capital
funding to support leading-edge research and development in Ontario's
universities, institutes and hospitals. Through the Ontario Research Fund's
Research Infrastructure program, this round of funding will provide over
$103 million to support 35 innovative projects in communities across the
province.

    Location  Institution  Lead         Project                   Provincial
                           Researcher                             Funding

    Greater   Centre for   Dr. Sylvain  Enhancing the University  $2,200,000
    Toronto   Addiction    Houle        of Toronto Imaging
    Area      and Mental                Research Network
              Health

    Greater   Ryerson      Dr. Michael  Advanced Biomedical         $392,225
    Toronto   University   Kolios       Ultrasound Imaging
    Area                                and Spectroscopy
                                        Laboratory

    Greater   Ryerson      Dr. Tony     Research Infrastructure     $424,843
    Toronto   University   Hernandez    for Spatial Analysis
    Area                                and Business Geomatics

    Greater   Ryerson      Dr. Ling     Centre for Interactive      $650,000
    Toronto   University   Guan         Multimedia Information
    Area                                Mining

    Greater   The Hospital Dr. Martin   Centre for the Study      $8,228,769
    Toronto   for Sick     Post         of Complex Childhood
    Area      Children                  Diseases

    Greater   The Hospital Dr. Carter   Centre for the            $2,960,117
    Toronto   for Sick     Snead III    Investigation of
    Area      Children                  Neuroplasticity in
                                        Developmental Disorders

    Greater   University   Dr. Igor     Comprehensive Systems     $4,001,041
    Toronto   Health       Jurisica     Biology Approach to
    Area      Network                   Profiling and Modeling
                                        of Cancer

    Greater   University    Dr. John    Cancer Stem Cell          $4,293,069
    Toronto   Health        Dick        Centre
    Area      Network

    Greater   University    Dr. Richard The Regenerative Medicine $7,200,000
    Toronto   Health        Weisel      Project
    Area      Network


    Greater   University    Dr. Pamela  The Electronic Living     $1,200,000
    Toronto   Health        Catton      Laboratory for
    Area      Network                   International Cancer
                                        Survivorship Research

    Greater   University    Dr.         Disease Genomics:         $4,800,000
    Toronto   Health        Katherine   Reduction to Practice
    Area      Network       Siminovitch

    Greater   University    Dr. Charles An Integrated Centre      $1,361,065
    Toronto   of Toronto    Mims        for Surface and
    Area                                Interfacial Analysis
                                        of Advanced Materials

    Greater   University    Dr. David   Centre for Plant          $2,002,758
    Toronto   of Toronto    Guttman     Phenogenomics
    Area

    Greater   University    Dr. Lewis   800-MHz NMR Spectrometer    $531,179
    Toronto   of Toronto    Kay         Enhancement
    Area

    Greater   University    Dr. John    Scanning Tunneling          $308,147
    Toronto   of Toronto    Polanyi     Spectroscopy of Molecular
    Area                                Wires and Corrals

    Greater   University    Dr.         Large-scale Impact        $3,228,782
    Toronto   of Toronto    Jeffrey     and High-Velocity
    Area                    Packer      Loading and Sensing
                                        Facility for Critical
                                        Infrastructure

    Greater   University    Dr. Andreas Facility for Advanced       $661,599
    Toronto   of Toronto    Mandelis    Bioacoustophotonics
    Area                                and Biomolecular
                                        Microfluidic
                                        Photoacoustics

    Greater   York          Dr.         Canadian University         $306,753
    Toronto   University    Laurence    Biodiversity Consortium
    Area                    Packer      (Ontario component)

    Guelph    University    Dr. Jacek   Enhancement of            $2,797,041
              of Guelph     Lipkowski   Infrastructure for
                                        Bio-electrochemical
                                        and Soft Materials
                                        Research

    Guelph    University    Dr. Paul    An Innovative Neutron       $665,914
              of Guelph     Garrett     Detector Array for
                                        Nuclear Physics
                                        Experiments

    Guelph    University    Dr. Stefan  The Brockhouse X-Ray      $5,200,046
              of Guelph     Kycia       Diffraction and
                                        Scattering Sector at
                                        the Canadian Light
                                        Source

    Hamilton  McMaster      Dr. Jamal   Micro- and Nano-systems   $4,256,725
              University    Deen        Laboratory

    Hamilton  McMaster      Dr.         Systems Biology Centre    $1,614,154
              University    Andrew      of Host-intestinal
                            MacPherson  Bacterial Relationships
                                        in Health and Disease

    Hamilton  McMaster      Dr.         Canadian Cyberpsychology     $67,413
              University    Stéphane    and Anxiety Virtual Lab
                            Bouchard    (Ontario component)

    Hamilton  McMaster      Dr. Gerard  Centre for Microbial      $7,824,028
              University    Wright      Chemical Biology

    Kingston  Queen's       Dr. Douglas Development of New        $7,010,282
              University    Munoz       Assessment Tools
                                        for Evaluation of
                                        Brain Function and
                                        Dysfunction

    Kingston  Queen's       Dr.         Canadian Centre for          $33,010
              University    William     Health and Safety in
                            Pickett     Agriculture: National
                                        Agricultural Industrial
                                        Hygiene Laboratory
                                        (Ontario component)

    London    St. Joseph's  Dr. Frank   Biomedical Multimodality  $9,991,000
              Health Care   Prato       Hybrid Imaging


    London    The           Dr. Scott   Advanced Facilities for   $3,690,573
              University    MacDougall- Avian Research
              of Western    Shackleton  Infrastructure for
              Ontario                   Studies of Avian
                                        Physiology, Neurobiology
                                        and Behaviour

    London    The           Dr. Richard Regional Facility for       $519,823
              University    Secco       Research on Materials
              of Western                at Extreme Pressure and
              Ontario                   Temperature Conditions

    London    The           Dr.         National Centre for         $667,154
              University    Prudence    Audiology
              of Western    Allen
              Ontario

    Ottawa    University    Dr. Rob     Cardiovascular PET        $3,265,852
              of Ottawa     Beanlands   Molecular Imaging
                                        Program

    Ottawa    University    Dr. Robert  Development of a Canadian $4,713,346
              of Ottawa     Roberts     Cardiovascular Genetics
                                        Centre

    Waterloo  University    Dr. Michel  Submillimeter Instruments $1,055,106
              of Waterloo   Fich        for Astronomy

    Waterloo  University    Dr.         Centre for Intelligent    $5,016,637
               of Waterloo  Safieddin   Antenna and Radio Systems
                            Safavi-
                            Naeini

    Total                                                       $103,138,451

    For more information about the Ontario Research Fund, please visit
www.ontario.ca/innovation.

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