McGill University Proposals

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals

Researching innovative solutions to ensure sustainability, the Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals will study the balancing act between the use of chemicals in our industrialized society and their environmental and health impacts. The Chair will investigate environmentally acceptable chemical reactions in terms of their solvency, the amount of energy they require, and the resources needed. The chair will also assess the ways in which these chemicals transfer any toxicity to life forms. The resulting green profiles for chemicals will inform both policy and the chemicals industry.

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Personalized Pain Medicine

Chronic pain is a global public health problem with enormous social and economic impacts. One in five Canadians suffers from chronic pain. Their combined annual health-care costs are estimated at over $10 billion—higher than the health-care costs for Canadian cancer, heart disease and HIV patients combined. Existing pain management solutions are often not effective, since the genetic mechanisms behind chronic pain are poorly understood. The Chair in Personalized Pain Medicine will focus on the genetic mechanisms at the roots of pain. The Chair will search for targets on which chronic pain therapies can be focussed. The resulting personalized therapy strategies will be highly significant to science, to industry and to society.