Ontario Supports World-Class Science



    McGuinty Government Matches Kyoto Prize Funding For Dr. Anthony Pawson

    TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is supporting world-class biomedical research by matching
renowned University of Toronto cell biologist Dr. Anthony Pawson's $500,000
Kyoto Prize (http://www.kyotoprize.org/).
    Dr. Pawson conducts research at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute
of Mount Sinai Hospital. His discoveries have been instrumental in the fight
against diseases including diabetes and cancer. His work has also led to the
development of a new generation of drugs that stop the growth of diseases like
cancer. He is one of the first Canadians to ever receive the Kyoto Prize.
    Supporting world-class research is part of the McGuinty government's
Innovation Agenda and five-point plan for growing Ontario's economy
(http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/budgetsplash/).

    QUOTES

    "Ontario is proud to recognize Dr. Pawson for his groundbreaking work. I
am pleased to once again demonstrate our government's commitment to science by
investing in Ontario's greatest asset - our people. It is their imagination,
talent, skills and hard work today that will strengthen our economy, improve
our lives and create good jobs for the future," said Minister of Research and
Innovation John Wilkinson.
    "The fact that the Ontario government is matching the Kyoto Prize is very
exciting - it establishes a very real bond between Ontario and Kyoto, two
globally recognized centres of scientific excellence. This enlightened support
is essential to maintain the outstanding quality of biomedical research in
Ontario, and to promote the careers of outstanding young scientists who will
be the research leaders of the future," said Dr. Pawson.
    "We are delighted that the government continues to lead Ontario forward
with its research and innovation agenda. The University of Toronto community
takes particular pride in Professor Pawson's path-breaking scientific research
- research that has already led to life-saving advances in the field of cancer
therapeutics," said University of Toronto President David Naylor.

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   With 25 research and academic hospitals employing 10,000 scientists,
        clinical investigators and other researchers conducting $850 million
        in research annually, Ontario is the largest hub of biomedical
        activity in Canada and the fourth largest biomedical research centre
        in North America.

    -   Dr. Anthony Pawson
        (http://www.mshri.on.ca/?page=Dr.%20Anthony%20Pawson) is a
        British-born Canadian microbiologist whose research has
        revolutionized the understanding of how cells in a body communicate
        and control one another's behaviour through chemical signals.

    -   The Kyoto Prize, similar in intent to the Nobel Prize
        (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Prize), recognizes outstanding
        works in the fields of philosophy, arts, basic sciences and
        technology.

    LEARN MORE

    -   Learn about Ontario's Innovation Agenda
        (http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/default.asp)

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