February 2017



The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Program of the Government of Canada supports Canadian universities in their efforts to build on Canada's growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation.
Lorina Naci and Adrian Owen  

Lorina Naci is using neuroimaging to read human thought, taking a major step forward toward communicating with coma patients. For her groundbreaking research in Adrian Owen's CERC lab at Western University, she won one of two $20,000 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowships in Canada and was named Western's Postdoctoral Scholar of the Year in 2016.
Minister Scott Brisson and Dasha Atamanchuk
Dasha Atamanchuk, a postdoctoral fellow working out of Doug Wallace's CERC group at Dalhousie University, has been examining the unprecedented changes in the ocean's carbon, oxygen and nitrogen cycles. Her research is helping provide evidence of what's happening from a chemical oceanography perspective.

Ali Emadi
McMaster University's CERC in Hybrid Powertrain, Ali Emadi, has set up a green technology program that is preparing the next paradigm shift in electrical power.

Soren Rysgaard
Søren Rysgaard, CERC in Arctic Geomicrobiology and Climate Change at the University of Manitoba, led the Baffin Bay System Study team as they looked at the impact of glacial melt water on coastal carbon cycling in the Arctic.


Steven Bryant
CNBC featured Steven Bryant, CERC in Materials Engineering for Unconventional Oil Reservoirs at the University of Calgary, in its ongoing documentary series on sustainable energy. Bryant and his team appeared in the "Revolutionizing Clean Energy with Science" program in late September 2016. 
Ali Emadi's CERC group is at the leading edge of new developments in electric transportation. Located at the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre, Emadi's group is not only meeting the current demands of the automotive sector, it is helping position Canada as one of the best places in the world to develop green technology. 
Danika Goosney
The Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat welcomes Danika Goosney as its executive director. Goosney comes to TIPS from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, where she served as director general, Science, Knowledge Translation and Ethics. 

Frederick Roth
Fritz Roth, CERC in Integrative Biology at the University of Toronto, is part of a team that has been awarded $75 million to improve diagnosis---- and find cures---- for coronary heart disease.

Ali Emadi
Ali Emadi, CERC in Hybrid Powertrain at McMaster University, has been named a fellow of the United States' National Academy of Inventors. 

Feiyue Wang
Feiyue Wang, a key researcher in Søren Rysgaard's CERC group at the University of Manitoba, has been named a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. Wang studies Arctic sea ice at the university's Centre for Earth Observation Science. 

Matthew Farrer
The not-for-profit organization Canadians for Health Research featured Matthew Farrer as its researcher of the month. The organization is dedicated to engaging Canadians in understanding health research issues, scientific processes and their impact.  
Canada 150 logo
To celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary, we  asked some  Canada Excellence Research Chairs to tell us what Canada means to them in 150 words.
Howard Wheater
Graham Pearson
Andrea Lodi
Howard Wheater
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security

"For me, Canada has been a land of unprecedented opportunity."
Graham Pearson
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Resources

"The positive attitude of Canadians and the strong government support for applied and 'blue-skies' research make Canada a great place to do research."
Andrea Lodi
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Data Science for Real-Time Decision-Making

"Canada has a terrific research environment, one that I can combine with an exceptional cultural and social life here in Montreal."


March 13-19, 2017: 
For Brain Awareness Week, Luda Diatchenko, CERC in Human Pain Genetics at McGill University, will be a featured speaker at an event held by the University of Manitoba's Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science. 

June 20, 2017:
Simon & Schuster publishes Into the Gray Zone, a new book by Adrian Owen, CERC in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at Western University, in which he explores the border between life and death.

August 17-18, 2017:
Canada Excellence Research Chairs Summit takes place at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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