Volume 95, Issue 67

Friday, February 1, 2002
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UWO researchers hit jackpot

Jillian Van Acker
Gazette Staff

London research institutes received a sizable funding injection this week as part of a $779 million donation by the Canada Foundation of Innovation to help finance research projects across Canada.

"These awards recognize the outstanding contribution of researchers whose work will be of direct benefit to Canadians in a wide range of fields," said David Stangway, CFI president. "These projects will help ensure that researchers and students have access to a world-class research and training environment."

Western, as well as other London-based research institutes, received over $28 million in funding from CFI to help fund various research projects.

"[This funding] is important to research endeavours and allows for better recruiting for faculty and students," said Nils Petersen, Western's VP-research. "This consolidates London as one of the leaders in health care."

Petersen said he believes this funding will help encourage other organizations and researchers to be innovative.

Terence Peters, professor of medical biophysics at Western, received $1.9 million towards his research into using computers for surgical procedures.

Peters said the funding will allow his team to move quickly towards developing therapeutic techniques.

"Instead of using animal models and testing, it will enable us to do most of the development and testing on the computer," he said. "I'm very excited and believe this will allow the London medical and engineering community to advance to the forefront of medical research in Canada and the world."

Gerald Kidder, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Western, received $1.2 million to purchase equipment necessary to do research they would not otherwise be able to conduct.

"We got exactly what we asked for," Kidder said. "This equipment will allow us to research diseases affecting cell to cell communication, investigate how they are developed and generate ideas on how to treat them."

Other Western recipients include Mickie Bhatia for stem-cell transplantation, Jeff Dixon for musculoskeletal research, Wayne Hocking for creating an atmospheric research network and David Litchfield for research on molecular imaging.

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