Research infrastructure receives a boost

By Krista Baliko Posted: February 28, 2017 4:00 p.m.

l to r) Drs. Richard Manzon, Christopher Somers and Christopher Yost, from the Department of Biology, received substantial funding for their research projects.
l to r) Drs. Richard Manzon, Christopher Somers and Christopher Yost, from the Department of Biology, received substantial funding for their research projects. Photo by Trevor Hopkin - U of R Photography

Today the University of Regina’s research infrastructure received a boost to the tune of almost $900,000.

The funding was awarded to researchers by the federal and provincial governments, the University of Regina’s Faculty of Science and participating vendors through both cash and in-kind donations, and will be used to acquire the cutting-edge tools needed to conduct world-class research.

“Investments like these are critical. This research infrastructure will provide facilities that equip the next generation with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed, and attract talented researchers who will nurture that development. These projects will support innovation in agriculture and healthcare, bolstering economic growth in Saskatchewan,” says the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Federal Minister of Science.

Andrew Cameron
Dr. Andrew Cameron is co-director of the IMSS research lab and received funding, along with Dr. Christopher Yost, to create a new research lab.
U of R Photography

The two funded projects are being led by Drs. Christopher Somers, Richard Manzon, Christopher Yost and Andrew Cameron – all professors in the Department of Biology.

Federal funding for this research came from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evan Leaders Fund (JELF), which helps universities attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from around the world by giving them access to state-of-the-art research tools.

JELF funding was matched by Innovation Saskatchewan’s Innovation and Science Fund.

“The Government of Saskatchewan knows that innovation will play a key role in our province’s future success. This is why we are pleased to invest in the University of Regina’s research capacity in genomics,” says Innovation Minister Jeremy Harrison. “The results and information we gain will contribute to our agriculture, environment and healthcare sectors, advancing our knowledge in these areas.”

The project by Somers and Manzon focuses on freshwater fisheries.

“This money will help fund equipment to ensure better science-based protection of fish, a natural resource that generates billions of dollars and represents an important pastime for millions of people,” says Somers, Canada Research Chair in Genes and the Environment.

Cameron and Yost will use the award to create a new functional microbial genomics laboratory for the University of Regina’s Institute for Microbial Systems and Society (IMSS).

“The infrastructure awarded by CFI is a critical component that allows IMSS to lead industrial and academic partnerships that will advance our understanding of how microbial systems impact Canadian society and specific industries within healthcare, agriculture, and the environment,” says Yost, Canada Research Chair in Microbes, the Environment, and Food Safety.

“Investments into our incredibly talented University of Regina researchers play a key role in improving the lives of Canadians,” says Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President (Research) at the University of Regina.

Malloy says awards such as these help to fuel innovations that make University researchers leaders in their fields.

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