Universities Celebrate Ontario Government Boost to Research

    TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - Ontario's universities and their medical
researchers are celebrating the announcement today of $100 million for
research funding that the Ontario government is providing to sustain Ontario's
cutting-edge research into genomics and life sciences research.
    "The Ontario government truly understands the value of research and its
contribution to the social and economic well- being of the province," said
Paul C. Genest, President of the Council of Ontario Universities. "This
announcement is yet another example of Ontario's commitment to ensuring that
we sustain the world-class researchers, whose work benefits all Ontarians."
    Ontario universities and several associated research institutes,
including the Ontario Genomics Institute, will receive this funding to support
genomics and gene-related research that will help to ensure the province's
continued strength in this important research area. Ontario is already the 4th
largest biomedical cluster in North America and the largest in Canada.
    "Ontarians can be proud of the robust research programs at our
universities which are not only creating new ways to treat patients and
prevent disease, but are shaping social policy, developing new products and
services, finding energy alternatives and solving industrial issues," said
Genest. "We thank Minister Wilkinson and the Premier for their continuing
strong support for research and innovation in our province."

For further information:

For further information: Dr. Paul C. Genest, President, (416) 979-2165
ext 256

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