Eight McGill researchers awarded Canada Research Chairs


More than $6 million to be shared by two newly named, six renewed CRCs

Eight McGill University researchers exploring issues from pain control to child welfare to systems biology are among the 127 recently appointed Canada Research Chairs announced June 10 by the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry and minister responsible for the Canada Research Chairs Program.

McGill received two Tier-1 and six Tier-2 Chairs, including two renewals, for a total of $5.8 million. In addition to that amount, the Canada Foundation for Innovation is investing approximately $239,522 to fund research infrastructure essential to the work done by four of those Chairs.

Minister Baird announced an investment of $113 million to fund 127 Canada Research Chairs (CRC) from 35 universities across the country. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is also contributing $4.8 million to support research infrastructure essential to the work being performed by 33 of the chairholders.

“Our government recognizes the key role that the Canada Research Chairs Program plays in building on Canada’s growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation,” said Minister Baird. “Guided by the S&T Strategy, and reinforced in Budget 2008, our government is working to mobilize science and technology to our country's long-term economic and social advantage.”

The Government of Canada created the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program in 2000 to establish 2,000 research professorships across the country by 2008, with the aim of making Canada one of the world's top five countries for research and development. Since then, 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.

“McGill is very grateful to the Canada Research Chairs program for this important funding,” said Denis Thérien, Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations), “We are attracting top talent to our University through the CRC program, bringing in a generation of researchers who are advancing discovery and innovation in exciting new directions."


Bennett, Gary J.
Alan Edwards - Canada Research Chair in Pain Control
Tier 1 (Renewal) - $200,000

Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare
Tier 2 (New) - $100,000

Faraj, Samer
Canada Research Chair in Technology, Management, and Healthcare
Tier 2 (New) - $100,000

Fournier, Alyson E
Canada Research Chair in Regenerative Neuroscience
Tier 2 (Renewal) - $100,000

Gallouzi, Imed IG
Canada Research Chair in Cellular Information Systems Tier 2 (Renewal) - $100,000

Hill, Reghan J
Canada Research Chair in Colloids for Advanced Materials
Tier 2 (Renewal) - $100,000

Swain, Peter S
Canada Research Chair in Systems Biology
Tier 2 (Renewal) - $100,000

Thomas, David Y
Canada Research Chair in Molecualr Genetics
Tier 1 (Renewal) - $200,000

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