CFI awards $1,155,638 to McGill in support of nine research projects


Canada Foundation for Innovation backs university's cutting-edge biomedical research

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced that it has awarded $1,155,638 to McGill University to support nine research projects in areas such as vascular disease, cancer, dementia, amblyopia and inflammatory lung disease, to name only a few. These projects are led by Drs. Styliani (Stella) Daskalopoulou, Pedro Rosa-Neto, Nam-Sung Moon, Osborne Grant Clarke, R. Thomas Jagoe, Janine Mendola, Sam Daniel, Simon Rousseau and Gary Brouhard.

"We can say with conviction that Canada has become a place where world-class researchers want to be," said Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI . "This CFI investment will further develop McGill's global reputation as a place where

outstanding research and training is being conducted."

Dr. Richard Levin, McGill's Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of Medicine welcomed the CFI 's investment: "These investments create incredible momentum in our efforts to break new ground and find cures for devastating illnesses, like cancer, vascular disease and dementia." he said. "Not only does CFI 's support help attract the best scientific minds to our labs, it ensures these researchers are equipped with the technology and tools of today, which translates into better results and care for our patients."

The CFI announced a total of $45,521,500 million in new funds to support 251 projects at 44 institutions across Canada . The investment was approved by the CFI's Board of Directors following a rigorous merit review process. A total of $38,234,190 was awarded under the Leaders Opportunity Fund. This program is designed to provide infrastructure to Canadian institutions so to attract researchers at a time of intense international competition for knowledge workers, as well as to retain the very best of today and tomorrow's leading researchers. The remaining $ 7,287,310 million was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, an accompanying program which assists research institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with new infrastructure projects.

A complete list of the projects awarded by institution, can be found at:


The Canada Foundation for Innovation ( CFI ) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI 's mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians. Since its creation in 1997, the CFI has committed 4.4 billion in support of 5,800 projects at 129 institutions in 64 municipalities across Canada .


McGill University , founded in Montreal , Que., in 1821, is Canada 's leading post-secondary institution. It has two campuses, 11 faculties, 10 professional schools, 300 programs of study and more than 33,000 students. McGill attracts students from more than 160 countries around the world. Almost half of McGill students claim a first language other than English - including 6,000 francophones - with more than 6,200 international students making up almost 20 per cent of the student body .

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