April 2016



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.

Recent research by Oliver Ernst, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Structural Neurobiology at the University of Toronto, has shown that the first molecular reaction in vision generation happens much faster than any previously known biological process, occurring at the very limits of speeds theoretically possible in biological functions.
Photo credit: Scaly Eye / Stuart Rankin / CC BY-NC

At first glance, the link between photonics and psychiatry might not seem obvious. But, Pierre Marquet, new Canada Excellence Research Chair in Neurophotonics at the Universit√© Laval, knows bringing these two disciplines together could help prevent psychiatric disorders in at-risk children.
Two Canada Excellence Research Chairs-nanotechnology expert Steven Bryant and green chemist Robin Rogers-get together to discuss innovative and sustainable solutions for industry.


Philippe Van Cappellen's Ecohydrology Research Group celebrated World Wetlands Day at the University of Waterloo. This year, they marked the occasion with an afternoon reception and poster session featuring wetlands research, followed by an evening public lecture by Jos Verhoeven from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.


Watch and share this short promotional video about the Canada Excellence Research Chairs. During the fifth annual meeting of the CERCs at the University of Waterloo, the CERC program worked with the Institute for Quantum Computing to produce the video.
Minister Duncan was at The University of British Columbia to announce Erik Snowberg as the new CERC in Data-Intensive Methods in Economics. Erik Snowberg becomes the 26th holder of a Canada Excellence Research Chair-and the first in the social sciences and humanities.

On November 22, Kate Allen, the science and technology reporter at The Star, wrote an article explaining how Canada began attracting the world's best research talent to its campuses. The CERC program is featured prominently, with profiles on Jenny Hoffman, Steven Bryant, Graham Pearson, David Cory, Doug Wallace and Howard Wheater.

A recent article on bbc.com highlights the work of Adrian Owen, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at Western University, and Lorina Naci, a postdoctoral fellow in The Owen Lab at Western. The article explains Owen's research into the vegetative state, or "unresponsive wakefulness syndrome".

Photo credit: FMRI ScanningBBC / CC BY-NC-ND


April 11-12:
Sixth annual meeting of Canada Excellence Research Chairholders at the University of Ottawa.
June 4:
Adrian Owen gives the keynote presentation at the Canadian Science Writers' Association's 45th annual conference.