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Devereaux and Verdú awarded Canada Research Chairs

Published: December 06, 2016
Elena Verdú
Dr. Elena Verdú - holds the Canada Research Chair in Inflammation, Microbiota, and Nutrition.
P.J. Devereaux
Dr. P.J. Devereaux - holds the Canada Research Chair in Perioperative Medicine.

P.J. Devereaux and Elena Verdú have joined 33 other Faculty of Health Sciences members as Canada Research Chairs (CRCs).

They are among six new McMaster CRCs and three renewals announced yesterday by Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan. This brings a total of $8.9 million to the university in federal funding aimed at attracting and retaining top research leaders. Currently, 69 researchers from McMaster hold this esteemed title.

P.J. Devereaux holds the Canada Research Chair in Perioperative Medicine, and he is a professor of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Devereaux will use the funding from his Tier 1 Chair to tackle a neglected area of research, that more than 200 million adults undergo major non-cardiac surgery in the world annually, and millions of these patients will suffer a major vascular complication such as heart attack or stroke. His research program will bring together researchers from many disciplines to study the epidemiology, risk assessment, prevention, and management of these complications.

Dr. Elena Verdú has been renewed as the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Inflammation, Microbiota and Nutrition. Verdú has built a world-class research program in dietary-microbiota interactions, with a focus on celiac disease and non-autoimmune intolerance to gluten. The associate professor of medicine is focused on the urgent need to identify the mechanisms that influence celiac disease risk and to identify patients that will benefit from gluten restriction.

The seven additional researchers announced yesterday include:

  • Paul Ayers, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Canada Research Chair in Theoretical Chemistry (Tier 1).
  • Sara Bannerman, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia, Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance (Tier 2).
  • Victor Kuperman, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics and Languages, Canada Research Chair in Psycholinguistics (Tier 2).
  • Prashant Mhaskar, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Canada Research Chair in Nonlinear and Fault-Tolerant Control (Renewal, Tier 2).
  • Ravi Selvaganapathy, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Canada Research Chair in Biomicrofluidics (Renewal, Tier 2).
  • John Valliant, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Canada Research Chair in Medical Isotopes and Molecular Imaging Probes (Tier 1).
  • Christine Wilson, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Canada Research Chair in Extragalactic Star Formation (Tier 1).

"This investment by the CRC program recognizes the outstanding research undertaken by McMaster's scholars and scientists," said Rob Baker, Vice-President, Research. "Our Chairholders' pioneering ideas will help solve important societal problems, and make new discoveries that will benefit the health and well-being of all Canadians."
Tier 1 Chairs, tenable for seven years and renewable, are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. For each Tier 1 Chair, the university receives $200,000 annually for seven years.
Tier 2 Chairs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. For each Tier 2 Chair, the university receives $100,000 annually for five years.

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