The University of Ottawa awarded eight new Canada Research Chairs and $13.8 million in research funding

Posted on Friday, February 12, 2016

The University of Ottawa has been awarded eight new Canada Research Chairs and will see seven more renewed, for a total of $13.8 million in research funding.

The latest appointed chairs, announced at the University of Ottawa by the Honourable Catherine McKenna, will enhance the University of Ottawa’s breadth of research and expertise in areas such a ultra-secure quantum communication, viral infection and immunity, mental health as well as in green technologies in order to meet Canada’s environmental ambitions and commitments.

“Thanks to support from the Canada Research Chairs program and the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the University of Ottawa continues to offer these brilliant scientists a state-of-the-art environment in order to solve problems and make new discoveries that will contribute to Canada’s competitive advantage and benefit all Canadians,” said Mona Nemer, University vice-president, research.

The eight new Canada Research Chairs are:

Vincent Careau - Canada Research Chair in Functional Ecology

Professor Carreau will tackle both “how” and “why” questions in studying the ecologically significant traits of organisms. His approach relies on multidisciplinary concepts, tools, and techniques to study co-variation in order to help answer a fundamental question: “why have sets of populations or species diverged the way they have?”

Marceline Côté - Canada Research Chair in Molecular Virology and Antiviral Therapeutics

Professor Côté uses a combination of chemical biology and genetic approaches to simultaneously discover potent small molecule inhibitors of infection and identify cellular factors required for infection. Her research will ultimately lead to the development of urgently needed antiviral therapies to fight emerging viral diseases, such as Ebola.

Stephen Ferguson - Canada Research Chair in Brain and Mind

Professor Ferguson is leading the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic tools that show great promise in identifying and treating neurological diseases such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's disease.

Patrick Giguère - Canada Research Chair in Molecular Pharmacology and Drug Discovery

Opiates are widely used to treat pain and addictive disorders but have serious side effects. Professor Patrick Giguère’s research aims to generate safer opiates that could lead to a new class of drugs.

Ebrahim Karimi - Canada Research Chair in Structured Light

Light and its constituent photons play crucial roles in countless processes, from photosynthesis to data transmission. Professor Karimi’s research will lead to the development of novel devices capable of structuring optical beams, which would offer promising solutions to the information capacity limitations associated with conventional transmission techniques.

Benoit Lessard - Canada Research Chair in Advanced Polymer Materials and Organic Electronics:

Professor Lessard and his team will design a new generation of sensors that use stimuli-responsive “smart” polymers that show changes in performance when exposed to gas. These highly specific sensors will detect molecules in a variety of settings, ranging from contaminants in drinking water to performance enhancing drugs in athletes.

Matthew Pamenter - Canada Research Chair in Comparative Neurophysiology

Professor Pamenter and his team are investigating mechanisms that naturally protect the brain, heart, and whole organisms against the harmful effects of hypoxia, which is a lack of oxygen. This research will provide new information about natural neuroprotective mechanisms and key insights into the evolution of hypoxia tolerance, with the aim of developing new ways to treat hypoxia in the brain.

Adam Shuhendler - Canada Research Chair in Chemical Biology

Professor Shuhendler is using chemistry to develop new ways to use molecular imaging in clinical settings by designing “smart” molecular tracers that respond to the activity of particular biochemical targets in cells and tissues. His research is creating new frontiers in experimental diagnostics and therapeutics that promise to improve the health of Canadians.

See the complete list of new and renewed Canada Research Chairs

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