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Three FHS researchers receive funding from Canada Foundation for Innovation

Published: January 21, 2015
Paola Muti
Paola Muti, professor, Department of Medicine and Dofasco Chair in Experimental Cancer Therapeutics, will receive $216,000 for Infrastructure to Support Cancer Risk Assessment
Research.
Guillaume Paré
Guillaume Paré, assistant professor, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and Canada Research Chair in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, will be awarded $200,000 for Infrastructure for Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology.
Jan Huizinga
Jan Huizinga, professor, Department of Medicine and the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute, will receive $79,000 for Infrastructure to Support Human Colon Function Assessment.

Identifying individuals at increased risk of cancer, discovering the genetic causes of cardiovascular diseases, and furthering the understanding of how the colon works are Faculty of Health Sciences research projects to receive infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

They are among 12 McMaster projects awarded funding this week through the John R. Evans Leadership Fund. The fund is named for John R. Evans, who was the founding dean of McMaster's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine (1965-1972) and the CFI's first board chair.

The CFI fund offers universities infrastructure funding to allow leading research faculty to undertake cutting-edge research.

"Having state-of-the-art equipment, expanding or creating new labs on campus — these are all essential components of the vibrant research environment we have fostered at McMaster," said Mo Elbestawi, McMaster's vice-president of research and international affairs. "The twelve research programs awarded funding today will have a positive impact on the lives of Canadians, contributing to better health, a robust economy and renewable energy solutions."


CFI infrastructure awards

Researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences receiving the infrastructure awards include:

Paola Muti

Paola Muti, a professor of medicine with the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and the Dofasco Chair in Experimental Cancer Therapeutics, will receive $216,000 for Infrastructure to Support Cancer Risk Assessment Research. Her research program will identify individuals at increased risk before the disease occurs by finding changes in micro Ribonucleic Acids (miRNAs), a class of molecules that control the activity of many genes and proteins often related to cancer.

Guillaume Paré

Guillaume Paré, Canada Research Chair in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, will be awarded $200,000 for Infrastructure for Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology. The associate professor of pathology and molecular medicine will use the award for his research program that seeks to reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases in Canada by discovering their genetic causes. Pare expects his research to lead to the development of innovative ways to identify "at-risk" patients, which may lead to viable preventive strategies targeting known and novel modifiable risk factors.

Jan Huizinga

Jan Huizinga, a professor in the Department of Medicine and the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute, will receive $79,000 for Infrastructure to Support Human Colon Function Assessment to purchase an innovative 84 Sensor Acquisition and Analysis System that will allow his research team to measure motility at 84 spots along the entire colon, giving deep insight into how the colon works by evaluating motility patterns and responses to stimuli.


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