Minister of State highlights research of UPEI's Dr. Collins Kamunde into detection of contaminants in farmed and wild aquatic species
July 31, 2015 – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – Industry Canada
Five researchers at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) 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 $480,000 will go to UPEI researchers and students, including Dr. Collins Kamunde, who is receiving $100,000 to study mechanisms of metal toxicity in fish. This research will result in a better understanding of the mixture of metals within aquatic systems and how they impact the ability of fish to create energy at the cellular level. It will also inform how best to protect wild and farmed fish and other aquatic organisms from contaminants.
This federal investment supports academic researchers, post-doctoral fellows and students at UPEI 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 part of the Government's efforts to develop and support talented researchers at Canadian universities. The program funds discoveries 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 Canada a strong reputation for research excellence around the world.
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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 post-secondary students and post-doctoral 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 post-secondary research projects.