Media Availability Notice - CIFAR Vice President available for comment on Canadian research brain drain risk.

    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - Mel Silverman, Vice President of Research at the
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, is available for comment on the risk
of brain drain due to funding cuts to major Canadian research organizations.
    "CIFAR and other Canadian research institutions have spent years building
Canada's human infrastructure. Today, we lead the world in key research areas
like genomics and proteomics. These are the very areas that are now being hit
the hardest," said Dr. Silverman.
    "The future of research in Canada is tied to more than just
state-of-the-art laboratory space and cutting-edge instruments," he said. "We
need to recruit and retain the world's best thinkers if we want to remain
competitive. With cuts happening and new investments abroad, we could see
decades of intellectual capacity building undone."

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact for Mel Silverman: Patchen Barss,
Communications Director, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Office:
(416) 971-4152, Cell: (647) 407-4152,,

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