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CFI awards researchers more than $3 million


Eleven promising young Queen’s researchers – working on projects ranging from new treatments for skin cancer and heart disease to developing materials for tissue regeneration and studying buried infrastructure – have received a total of $3,015,479 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Leaders Opportunities Fund.

The award is part of a $28-million package to support 193 researchers working at 35 institutions across Canada.

“CFI has provided us with an excellent mechanism for attracting top-flight researchers through their Leaders Opportunity Fund,” says Vice-Principal (Research) Kerry Rowe. “The results of this competition will enable eleven of Queen’s promising researchers to acquire the equipment and infrastructure required to do world-class research.”

In announcing the new funding, CFI president and CEO Eliot Phillipson said: “Access to modern, cutting-edge equipment and facilities is imperative to research in the 21st century. Over the past decade, the CFI has provided thousands of world-class researchers with the tools they need to do their work. Without the infrastructure, they quite simply wouldn’t be in Canada.”

CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund program, created in 2006, was designed to give Canadian universities the flexibility to both attract and retain the very best researchers, at a time of intense international competition for leading faculty.

Queen’s recipients include:

Brian Amsden (Chemical Engineering), who receives $389,849 to develop biodegradable polymers that release medications in specific parts of the body. These polymers may contribute to new treatments for a range of cardiovascular diseases.

Victor Tron (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) has been awarded $96,339 to develop novel therapeutic targets in malignant melanoma.

Roel Vertegaal (Computing) receives $397,773, for his research into advanced input and display techniques for transparent computing technologies.

Michael Adams (Pharmacology and Toxicology), has been awarded $161,021 towards his research into experimental cardiovascular conditions and treatments.

Brian Amsdan (Chemical Engineering) receives $383,849 to develop new materials for tissue engineering and regeneration

Craig Hawryshyn (Biology) has been awarded $302,250 towards a confocal microscope for biological imaging.

Mark Daymond (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) receives $374,804 for his work on high resolution, three-dimensional imaging of materials.

Kevin Deluzio (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) receives $350,000 to support his research in the Human Mobility Research Centre.

Bruce Banfield (Microbiology and Immunology) has been awarded $160,000 towards his work on molecular biology of herpesvirus-cell interactions.

Colin Funk (Biochemistry) receives $238,731 to study preclinical testing of novel therapies for cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Kurt Kyser (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering) receives $313,903 for his work tracing elements in natural systems.

Ian Moore (Civil Engineering) has been awarded $236,809 toward his research into the strength of buried infrastructure.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. A complete list of LOF projects, by university, can be found at:


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