Research Centres, Networks and Units

McGill University Centres and Networks are known around the world for conducting pioneering research that advances knowledge and provides real-world solutions to real-world problems.

The following research centres, networks and units are headquartered on the Macdonald Campus or led by researchers in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

BiofuelNet Canada (2012-2017)

BioFuelNet Canada is a Network of Centres of Excellence that unites the Canadian biofuels community, academia, industry, and government, to address the challenges impeding the growth of an advanced biofuels industry.   BioFuelNet funds, coordinates and optimizes a large number of collaborative research projects - with an aim to addressing the gaps that prevent the commercialization of advanced biofuels.

Brace Centre for Water Resources Management

The Brace Centre for Water Resources Management brings together staff from several McGill faculties to undertake research, teaching, specialized training, and policy and strategic studies in water resources management, both in Canada and internationally. Brace is a global leader devoted to the development and promotion of sound and economical water management conservation practices that protect the environment and improve the quality of life.

Centre for Host-Parasite Interactions

Funded by Le Fonds de recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT) the Centre for Host-Parasite Interactions  brings together scientists from McGill University, Université Laval, Université de Montréal-St Hyacinthe, Institut Armand-Frappier and the Laboratoire de Santé Publique du Québec to develop new research and training synergies in areas of importance to Quebec.

The Centre’s research focuses primarily on parasite and host interactions to provide basic knowledge for the design of better vaccines or drugs to control parasitic diseases, and better methods to detect parasitic infection.  The Centre also conducts research in other areas including epidemiology and provides high-quality training in parasitology for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Centre for Indigenous People’s Nutrition and Environment

The Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment (CINE) is an independent, multi-disciplinary research and education center created by Canada's Aboriginal leaders for participatory research and education to address concerns about the integrity of traditional food systems. 

Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit

Thanks to the generosity of G. Stewart Brown, longtime friend and benefactor of McGill University, the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit was established in 1995.

Researchers here study the long-term effects of diet or specific foods, on health status. The Unit undertakes a range of Clinical Studies and is equipped to perform biological, anthropometric, body composition and bone density assessments and to recommend dietary interventions to promote health and well-being.

Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security

The Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security, led by the Margaret Gilliam Scholar in Food Security, Dr. Hugo Melgar-Quinonez, was established in 2010.

The Institute leverages the Faculty’s established strengths in food, nutrition, health and environment and draws upon interdisciplinary expertise from across the University to provide long-term solutions to food insecurity through research, teaching and outreach activities.

Water Innovation Lab

The mission of the Water Innovation Lab is to develop technologies, best practices, and to disseminate knowledge on sustainable water, food and environmental systems. Framed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our research projects and programs focus on the design, development and testing of technologies and field practices which can conserve water and increase food security under water-limiting conditions.

A complete list of McGill’s interdisciplinary research centers and networks is listed here.