August 28, 2014 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Industry Canada
The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today highlighted the funding that scientists, engineers and students at the University of Winnipeg received through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). More than $500,000 will benefit six researchers and trainees at the university.
Through the Discovery Grants Program, Dr. Christopher Bidinosti will receive $120,000 over five years to pursue research on new imaging technologies that show excellent promise for a wide variety of applications. Imaging techniques are indispensable in modern medicine as well as in every field of research and in industry. The funding will help Dr. Bidinosti to continue developing a new method of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that could result in lighter, simpler and cheaper MRI apparatus.
While at the university, Minister of State Holder and guests also visited the lab of Discovery Grant recipient Dr. Sara Good. She will receive $110,000 over five years to study the function and evolution of the insulin superfamily in teleosts—a large group of fish that includes zebrafish, three-spined stickleback and salmon. Her research will use both bioinformatics and molecular genetic approaches to study the role of the insulin superfamily genes in growth and reproduction during saltwater to freshwater adaptation. This project has significance for both basic and applied fisheries research since many important fisheries species, such as Arctic char and salmon, migrate between fresh water and salt water throughout their life cycle.
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Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)
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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada