McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

CFI grants equip cutting-edge health sciences labs

Published: September 20, 2011
Brian Timmons
Brian Timmons, an assistant professor of pediatrics

Michael Surette
Michael Surette, a professor of medicine, biochemistry and biomedical sciences

Two labs in the Faculty of Health Sciences will be outfitted with research equipment totalling more than $1 million after an infrastructure funding announcement this month by the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Michael Surette, a professor of medicine, biochemistry and biomedical sciences, received $727,419 for his laboratory for interdisciplinary microbiome research in health and disease, which will be a high-capacity biosafety level two facility dedicated to culturing, characterization and rapid molecular profiling of microbial communities of the human microbiome. Surette, the Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Microbiome Research, will collaborate with researchers from the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute.

Brian Timmons, an assistant professor of pediatrics, received $350,975 for equipment that will help to advance research and the broad agenda of child health. His pediatric exercise and environmental testing and flow cytometry suite will be furnished with equipment geared to studying the physical-activity-to-health connection in young children.

"My research program takes a lab-bench-to-park-bench approach with the goal to generate the necessary knowledge on which to build public health policies and standards of clinical care to promote active living during the growing years," he said.

Timmons and Surette were two of five McMaster researchers to benefit from the CFI's Leaders Opportunity Fund – a program that invests in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to attract and retain today's best research talent.

"This investment will help create the partnerships that will continue building McMaster's research capacity in areas such as healthcare, the automotive industry, infectious diseases and the environment," said Mo Elbestawi, vice-president research and international affairs. "The vision behind these pioneering research projects illustrate why McMaster is one of Canada's premier research universities."

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