Minister highlights research of StFX's Dr. Daniel Kane into physical exercise, aging and disease
July 6, 2015 – Antigonish, Nova Scotia – Industry Canada
Seven researchers at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) received a significant long-term investment from the federal government today. The announcement was made by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology).
Funding of $867,500 will go to researchers and students at StFX, including Dr. Daniel Kane. Dr. Kane is receiving $120,000 to determine the effects of increased energy demand associated with physical exercise on skeletal muscle mitochondrial function, which has been linked to human health and disease, and the aging process. Specifically, Dr. Kane's research will examine how muscle mitochondria (the powerhouses of the cell) are affected by things known to alter metabolism, such as exercise, hormones and drugs.
This federal investment supports academic researchers, post-doctoral fellows and students at StFX as they make new discoveries in science and engineering that push the boundaries of knowledge, create jobs and opportunities, and improve the quality of life of Canadians.
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grants Program is a foundation of the Government's efforts to develop and support talented researchers at Canadian universities. The program funds discovery in chemistry, physics, life sciences, mathematics, computer science, geoscience and the many branches of engineering. The broad base of research capacity built by these awards has given this country a strong reputation for research excellence around the world.
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is the primary funding agency supporting Canada's science and engineering research community. The agency supports almost 30,000 postsecondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding approximately 12,000 professors every year and works with over 3,000 Canadian companies that are participating and investing in postsecondary research projects.
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