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FHS investigator wins Early Researcher Award

Published: August 18, 2009
Valerie Taylor
Valerie Taylor, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences

An emerging researcher in the Faculty of Health Sciences who is studying the connection between weight gain and the treatment of mood disorders was one of six McMaster University scientists to be honoured by the province with an Early Researcher Award (ERA).

Valerie Taylor, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences, was recognized yesterday by the Honourable John Milloy, Minister of Research and Innovation and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. Other McMaster ERA winners included: Sarah Dickson, Marie Elliot, Ben Evans, Bhagwati Gupta and Duncan O'Dell.

"Today we are investing in the bright ideas and bright future of 338 up-and-coming researchers across Ontario. The McGuinty government understands that when we invest in our research talent, we are investing in the future of our health care, the environment and the economy," Milloy said.

ERA investigators receive $140,000 in provincial funding to help them build their teams of undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research assistants, associates and technicians. Each award is matched with $50,000 from the University.

"These gifted scientists are engaged in research that will impact the public's health, the environment and our economy," said Mo Elbestawi, McMaster vice-president, research and international affairs. "They are attracting the next wave of young researchers – dozens of which will come through McMaster's doors over the next five years to continue our tradition of research excellence."

Taylor’s research team is working to better understand of why the prevalence of obesity among people diagnosed with a mood disorder exceeds that of the general population. Her team is examining patterns of nutrition, physical activity and metabolism in individuals taking mediation to treat mood disorders.

Through the province's Early Researcher Awards program, $11.5 million is being invested in 82 research projects across Ontario.

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