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Toronto (Nov. 26, 2006) - University Health Network (UHN) today welcomed approximately $28-million in federal grants supporting five research teams in cancer stem cells, regenerative medicine, cancer biology, genomics, and cancer survivorship.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), a federal organization supporting research infrastructure, is awarding UHN researchers with $21,494,110 for infrastructure and up to $6,448,233 for operating funding to be allocated at a later date. This is the largest amount awarded to UHN, in a single round, by the CFI. Since 1999, UHN has received a total of $66,582,470 in CFI Awards.
"UHN has some of the best medical researchers in the world and they are dedicated to the mission of improving health through research discoveries," said Dr. Christopher J. Paige, Vice President of Research, UHN. "The funding announced today will provide important new resources for innovation and impact."
The CFI awarded the following UHN research teams with funding:
"Strong support from the government is critical for building a thriving biomedical industry in Ontario, and attracting and retaining leading research talent," said Dr. Bob Bell, President and CEO, UHN. "Ontario is well on its way of becoming a major hub for health scientific discovery."
University Health Network Research - University Health Network research institutes – Toronto General Research Institute, Toronto Western Research Institute and Ontario Cancer Institute – have nearly 500 scientists and clinician scientists as well as more than 1,700 students, fellows and technical staff performing leading-edge medical research in the areas of cancer, cardiology, transplantation, neuroscience and visual sciences, musculoskeletal health, arthritis, immunology and infectious diseases.
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