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Farncombe researcher nets federal funding for infrastructure

Published: April 7, 2009
Waliul Khan
Dr. Waliul Khan, a researcher at McMaster’s Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute

An assistant professor in the Department of Medicine has received one of four federal grants awarded to McMaster University by the Canada Foundation for Innovation under the Leaders Opportunity Fund.

Dr. Waliul Khan, a researcher at McMaster’s Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute, has received $250,000 in infrastructure funding that will allow for the study of interactions between immune and endocrine systems in the gut, in the context of intestinal pathophysiology and host defense. 

In total, McMaster received $672,000 in federal funding for four research projects in the areas of health, multimedia, archaeology, and energy.

"This funding is essential for allowing newer faculty members to pursue developments in emerging areas of research," said Mo Elbestawi, vice-president, research and international affairs, at McMaster.  "This in turn supports McMaster’s efforts to continue building its reputation as a leading research university."

One of the funding awards will support a collaboration between the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Humanities and McMaster Libraries. The $259,000 grant will be used to investigate the effects that digital display size and resolution have on the user experience in the design of games and virtual environments.

The principal investigator for the project, called G-ScalE: Gaming Scalability Environment, is Jacques Carette, associate professor of computing and software in the Faculty of Engineering.  Co-investigators are Andrew Mactavish, director of the Humanities Media and Computing Centre and associate professor of multimedia in the Faculty of Humanities, and Jeffrey Trzeciak, McMaster’s university librarian.

James Cotton, associate professor of mechanical engineering, received almost $100,000 to develop a Thermal Energy Recovery and Management (ThERM) testing platform to aid in the recovery of waste heat energy.

Tristan Carter, assistant professor of anthropology, received $63,000 to establish the McMaster Archaeological XRF Lab. 

"McMaster University has a well-established reputation as one of the world's leading innovators and is home to some of Canada's best and brightest minds," said David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale.  "Investment in infrastructure is key to McMaster building its research capacity and is important, not only to our local economy, but to Canada's standing on the world's research stage."

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced a total of $26.7 million in new funds to support 117 projects at 29 institutions across Canada.

Complete list of the projects awarded

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