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Weitz receives renewal of Canada Research Chair

Published: February 23, 2009
Jeffrey Weitz
Dr. Jeffrey Weitz, a professor of medicine in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and director of the Henderson Research Centre

Dr. Jeffrey Weitz, a professor of medicine in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and director of the Henderson Research Centre, is one of three McMaster University researchers to receive renewals of Canada Research Chairs — a federal investment totalling nearly $3.7 million. 

Weitz holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Thrombosis. With the renewal, he receives $1.4 million for his research on developing new techniques for the identification and treatment of underlying causes of blood clot formation. New and improved therapies could enhance the quality of life for patients and reduce costs to the health-care system.

In addition to the research funding, the Canada Foundation for Innovation has provided Weitz with $325,515 for infrastructure related to his Chair.

Other recipients at McMaster of Canada Research Chair renewals today are Pavlos Kanaroglou, Canada Research Chair in Spatial Analysis, and Gregory Slater, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Isotope Biogeochemistry.

Kanaroglou, director of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, was awarded $1.4 million for his Tier 1 chair. Slater, an assistant professor of geography and earth sciences, received $500,000 for his Tier 2 chair and $64,000 in infrastructure funding.

Tier 1 chairs, for seven years, are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their field. Tier 2 chairs, of five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.

Making the announcement earlier today, Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, noted the important role that research excellence plays in furthering innovation and competitiveness, two main elements of the federal science and technology strategy.

"This is why we announced a $5.1-billion investment in science and technology in Budget 2009 – Canada's Economic Action Plan," he said. "The Canada Research Chairs Program helps universities attract and retain the best researchers in the world, which promotes job creation, enhances the quality of life of Canadians and strengthens the economy for future generations."

Mo Elbestawi, vice-president of research and international affairs at McMaster, said the Canada Research Chairs program is fulfilling its goal of helping universities increase their research capacity.

"The Chairs program has allowed us to build on our research strengths like no other funding program," he said. "It's allowed us to retain our world-renowned researchers while, at the same time, given us the ability to recruit international and emerging stars to complement our existing talent."

McMaster currently has 68 Canada Research Chairs.

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