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McGill's record of luring outstanding researchers from far and wide was further enhanced April 28 with the announcement in Quebec City of the latest batch of Canada Research Chairs (CRC), including seven for McGill worth a total of $5.6 million. Federal Industry Minister Maxime Bernier unveiled the latest roster, which brings the total of CRCs at McGill to 122.
Since the Canadian government created the program in 2000, McGill has used its CRCs to recruit an exceptional group of international researchers as well as to repatriate a number of outstanding Canadian and Québécois researchers from postings abroad.
"This is excellent news for McGill," said VP Research and International Relations Denis Thérien. "These appointments enhance immeasurably an already exceptional research community that secures, day after day, McGill's contribution to Quebec and Canada as well as its competitiveness internationally."
The seven new CRCs are in fields ranging from engineering to biology to information coding. They hail from, among other institutions, Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the University of Lübeck in Germany and the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in The Netherlands.
The awarded researchers are: Mathieu Brochu, CRC in Manufacturing Nano-Materials; Maurice Chacron, CRC in Information Coding; David Juncker, CRC in Micro- and Nano-Bioengineering; Svetlana Komarova, CRC in Osteocloast Biology; Bhushan Nagar, CRC in Structural Biology of Signal Transduction; Dieter Reinhardt, CRC in Extracellular Matrix Biology; and Bradley Siwick, CRC in Ultrafast Science.
Six of the seven new CRCs are five-year appointments worth $500,000 each. The chair in Extracellular Matrix Biology, awarded to Dieter Reinhardt, is a seven-year appointment, worth $1.4 million. The program also includes a $1.2-million investment from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to provide laboratory equipment and material for the researchers, for a total investment of $5.6 million.