Two Faculty of Health Sciences researchers are among three at McMaster who have been awarded infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to advance their work in respiratory medicine, and mental health and materials processing.
The projects are funded through CFI's John Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), designated for exceptional researchers to conduct leading-edge research by giving them the requisite tools and equipment to become leaders in their fields. The awards were part of a national funding announced by Minister of Science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan.
The McMaster projects include:
Jeremy Hirota, Canada Research Chair in Respiratory Mucosal Immunology and assistant professor of medicine, was awarded $180,000 for his project: The Tissue Engineering for Advanced Medicine (TEAM) Lab: A Platform for Precision Prevention, Diagnosis, and Medicine.
Flavio Kapczinski is a professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences.
Flavio Kapczinski, professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences, will receive $140,000 for his project: The Biological Signatures of Clinical Progression in Bipolar Disorder.
As well, André Phillion, associate professor, materials science and engineering, will receive $200,000 for his project: Liquid Metal Engineering of Lightweight High Strength Low Alloy Steels and Aluminum-Zinc Alloys.
Project descriptions can be found here.
"Access to state-of-the-art tools and research infrastructure will allow researchers to explore some of our most pressing questions," said Duncan. "The answers they find will contribute to the evidence our government needs to build a stronger economy and a more prosperous future for all Canadians."
CFI's President and CEO, Rosann O'Reilly Runte, added: "The Canada Foundation for Innovation is making it possible for our brilliant researchers to remain in Canada, to build our economy, and to contribute to solving the problems of the world."
John R. Evans was the founding dean of McMaster's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine (1965-1972) and the CFI's first Board Chair.