Nine McGill researchers, including 2 members from the Faculty of Medicine, are among the recipients of the newly awarded and renewed Canada Research Chairs announced today by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) at Western University in London, Ontario.

Six McGill chairs have been renewed, and three new chairs added for a total of $9 million dollars awarded to McGill for research in fields ranging from green chemistry to the history of health policy. In total, the federal government announced

today 120 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 39 Canadian postsecondary institutions across the country, for a total of $90.6 million.

The investment announced March 15, 2013 also includes an additional $4.5 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for research infrastructure across the country associated with the new Chair awards.

“The Canada Research Chairs program stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. They improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada’s international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching, and the coordination of other researchers’ work. The Government of Canada’s top priority is creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Minister of State Goodyear. “We are committed to fostering innovation through programs like the Canada Research Chairs, which allows researchers to address challenges in areas of health, technology, society, education and economy, among others, and to translate these ideas into processes, policies and products that improve the lives of Canadians.”

The McGill researchers who are among the most recent Canada Research Chairs announced are:

Lauren Chapman

Canada Research Chair in Respiratory Ecology and Aquatic Conservation

Dept. of Biology


Shelley Clark

Canada Research Chair in Youth, Gender, and Global Health

Dept. of Sociology


Samer Faraj

Canada Research Chair in Technology, Management, and Healthcare

Desaultels Faculty of Management


Victoria Kaspi

Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics

Department of Physics


Stephanie Lehoux
Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Physiology

Faculty of Medicine, Division of Experimental Medicine


Audrey Moores

Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry

Dept. of Chemistry


Gerhard Multhaup
Canada Research Chair in Molecular Pharmacology

Dept. of Pharmacology and Therapeutics


Hanadi Sleiman

Canada Research Chair in DNA Nanoscience

Dept. of Chemistry


David Wright

Canada Research Chair in the History of Health Policy

Dept. of History


A complete list of chairholders is available on the Canada Research Chairs website 

Details on the CFI’s funding for research infrastructure associated with the new Chair awards are available on the CFI website 

March 19, 2013