Research Without Borders: The International Development Research Centre and the Canada Research Chairs Program Support International Partnerships

    OTTAWA, Feb. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The International Development Research
Centre (IDRC) and the Canada Research Chairs Program are pleased to announce
eight research partnerships between outstanding university scholars in Canada
and their peers in the developing world. The teams will undertake research
projects that address important topics including health, environmental
sustainability, resource management and information communications technology.
    "Our government understands that investing in science and technology is
critical for succeeding in today's global economy", said the Honourable Gary
Goodyear, minister of State (Science and Technology). "This is why we
announced a $5.1 billion dollar investment in S&T in Budget 2009, Canada's
Economic Action Plan. Investments in such international partnerships are
helping enhance our universities' research capacity and fostering world-class
discoveries that will help position Canada as a leader in addressing issues of
global concern. They are also contributing to training and mentoring the next
generation of researchers and highly skilled workers around the world."
    The International Research Chairs Initiative (IRCI) was launched by IDRC,
in collaboration with the Chairs Program in December 2007. It solicited
applications for joint research between Canada Research Chairs and their
counterparts at universities in the developing world. Eight teams were
selected to receive up to $1 million over five years, each to address a key
development challenge.
    "The partnership between IDRC and the Canada Research Chairs Program is a
distinctly Canadian international initiative that brings the power of science
and technology to bear on problems in the developing world, while creating
unique research opportunities for Canadians," said IDRC president David
    "The research collaborations supported through the IRCI will help Canada
and developing countries connect and contribute to the global supply of talent
and ideas", said Chad Gaffield, president of the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council and head of the Canada Research Chairs Program's
steering committee.
    Funding for this initiative is provided by IDRC while the administration
of the peer-review process is being overseen by the Chairs Program.
    In addition to identifying new avenues for knowledge, policy, and
technology transfer, these partnerships will provide university students with
unique training and fieldwork opportunities under the mentorship of the
    The eight successful teams, which were selected among 104 applications
through a rigorous peer-review process, are as follows:

    Battling pollution in coastal areas

    Adalto Bianchini
    IDRC Research Chair in Environmental Health and Management
    Federal University of Rio Grande, Brazil

    Christopher Wood
    Canada Research Chair in Environment and Health
    McMaster University, Hamilton

    Helping fishing communities manage their resources

    Alpina Begossi
    IDRC Research Chair in Community-Based Resource Management
    State University of Campinas, Brazil

    Fikret Berkes
    Canada Research Chair in Community-Based Resource Management
    Natural Resources Institute
    University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

    Tackling mine waste for better health

    Rachid Hakkou
    Chaire de recherche du CRDI en gestion et stabilisation des déchets
    industriels et miniers
    Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco

    Mostafa Benzaazoua
    Chaire de recherche du Canada sur la gestion intégrée des rejets miniers
    sulfureux par remblayage
    Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)

    Getting ahead of the curve in wireless communication

    Ranjan K. Mallik
    IDRC Research Chair in Wireless Communications
    Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India

    Robert Schober
    Canada Research Chair in Wireless Communications
    University of British Columbia, Vancouver

    Breaking the barriers to Internet access

    Xiaoyan Zhu
    IDRC Research Chair in Information Technology
    Tsinghua University, China

    Ming Li
    Canada Research Chair in Bioinformatics
    University of Waterloo, Waterloo

    Controlling infectious diseases with models and math

    Yiming Shao
    IDRC Research Chair in Modeling and Management of Communicable Diseases
    National Centre for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, China

    Jianhong Wu
    Canada Research Chair in Industrial and Applied Mathematics
    York University, Toronto

    Turning health research into policy

    Nelson Sewankambo
    IDRC Research Chair in Evidence-Informed Health Policies and Systems
    Makerere University, Uganda

    John Lavis
    Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Transfer and Exchange
    McMaster University, Hamilton

    Improving child nutrition

    Anna Lartey
    IDRC Research Chair in Nutrition for Health and Socio-economic
    Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
    University of Ghana, Ghana

    Grace Suzanne Marquis
    Canada Research Chair in Social and Environmental Aspects of Nutrition
    McGill University, Montréal

    For researcher biographies and project descriptions, please consult:

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For more than
40 years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous

    About the Canada Research Chairs Program

    The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program is designed to attract the best
talent from Canada and around the world, helping Canadian universities achieve
research excellence in health sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and
social sciences and humanities. Since its launch in 2000, chairholders have
improved Canadians' depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthened the
country's international competitiveness, and helped train the next generation
of highly skilled people. There are currently 1,831 research professorships at
70 universities across Canada. Of these positions, 574 researchers were
recruited from abroad, including 265 Canadian expatriates.

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, IDRC, (613)
696-2343,; Nadine May, Canada Research Chairs, (613)
996-9320,; Gary Toft, Director of Communications,
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and
Technology), (613) 943-7599,

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