New university research chairs to scrutinize two-tier health care and explore new horizons for quantum devices

Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

OTTAWA, January 21, 2015 - The University of Ottawa has appointed two new research chairs who will enhance the University's leadership in health care policy and advanced communication technologies.

"The research conducted by these global leaders will spur innovations as well as better the lives of Canadians while training the next generation of researchers," says Mona Nemer, Vice-President, Research.

The two University Research Chairs are:

Colleen M. Flood at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section 
University Research Chair on Health Law and Policy

Canadian Medicare is increasingly debated before the courts. In particular, given long wait times, laws limiting two-tier medicine and queue-jumping are being challenged as contrary the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As Chair on Health Law and Policy, Professor Flood will provide courts and government decisions-makers with clear, comprehensive data and analyses grounded in comparisons of international jurisdictions to explore the advantages and disadvantages of various types of regulation intended to mitigate the adverse effects of two-tier health care. This will enable governments and courts to better understand their options for regulating the private financing of health care and the associated effects on factors such as wait times and equity.

Pawel Hawrylak at the Faculty of Science, Department of Physics 
University Research Chair in Quantum Theory of Materials, Nanostructures and Devices

Quantum theory was developed in the early 20th century and has proven essential to designing the advanced materials and devices that enable the quality of life we enjoy today. Even so, the complexity of quantum theory of materials continues to make its predictions extremely challenging. As Chair in Quantum Theory of Materials, Professor Hawrylak will propose theoretical and computational tools to enable scientists to understand and design advanced materials, use nanoscale and molecular engineering to develop new quantum functionalities, and translate these functionalities into quantum devices that address challenges in information and communication technologies, energy, security and health.

The University of Ottawa Research Chair Program recognizes and supports the outstanding research of uOttawa professors in strategic areas as well their vital role in educating students.

The University of Ottawa is home to over 50,000 students, faculty and staff, who live, work and study in both French and English. Our campus is a crossroads of cultures and ideas, where bold minds come together to inspire game-changing ideas. We are one of Canada’s top 10 research universities—our professors and researchers explore new approaches to today’s challenges. One of a handful of Canadian universities ranked among the top 200 in the world, we attract exceptional thinkers and welcome diverse perspectives from across the globe.

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