The Government of Canada announced today a national investment of $333 million for research infrastructure through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
Ten projects submitted by McGill and its hospital-affiliated research institutes have received a total of $30 million in funding, which will be matched by the Government of Quebec.

Partner-led proposals, which will see McGill researchers participating in pan-Canadian large-scale platforms including Genomics Enterprise (CGEn) and TRIUMF, boost McGill’s total funding allocation to $45 million. With the provincial contribution this investment leverages a total renewal of research infrastructure across the McGill campus of more than $100 million.

The federal announcement was made in Ottawa by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology.)

“On behalf of McGill University, I thank the Government of Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the Government of Québec, for their continued support for research and innovation. This important investment in state-of-the-art research infrastructure enables Canadian researchers and their partners to continue to be among the world’s leaders in areas of great importance both to Canada and globally,” said Principal and Vice Chancellor, Prof. Suzanne Fortier.

The Government of Canada investments through the CFI equip universities, colleges and research hospitals across the country with state-of-the-art tools and laboratories where researchers can discover and innovate. Their ideas and inventions help create jobs, improve the health and quality of life of Canadians and further Canada’s reputation for research excellence.

Sensing and repairing the injured brain

The McGill- and MUHC-led projects include a first-of-its-kind research facility focused on measuring the effects of mild Trauma Brain Injury (mTBI), such as concussions, and developing real treatments for mTBI. This new facility, led by researchers with expertise in neurology, psychology, ophthalmology, physics and engineering, and enabled by the almost $3 million in funds for the requested infrastructure, will become a leading-edge research centre.

“With the support of the CFI, our team will have an Ultra High Performance MRI system that will be able to carry out more applications than any existing MRI system and will help us observe the brain’s response to trauma with exceptional precision. This knowledge will allow us to develop new diagnostic tools and treatments to help thousands of Canadians who suffer head injuries every year, said Alain Ptito, CFI-funded researcher and Director of the Department of Psychology at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), and a medical scientist at the Research Institute of the MUHC.

Innovations in music media and technology

Researchers from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), housed at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, received over $4 million in funding from the CFI, which will be used to create a unique interconnected research hub linking two exceptional spaces: McGill’s Multimedia Room (a large sound-isolated performance lab) and Université de Montréal’s Salle Claude Champagne (a superb concert hall). This hub will become the world’s leading research facility for the scientific study of live performance, movement of recorded sound in space, and remote, synchronous performance.

“With this support from the CFI and from the Government of Québec, researchers at CIRMMT will have a unique integrated facility allowing us to study sound production by large ensembles, the ways in which performers coordinate with each other and reach the audience, as well as develop new technologies for live music performance and sound recording,” said CFI-funded researcher, William Dawson Scholar and Associate Professor of Music Technology Marcelo Wanderley.

CFI release

A Complete list of McGill-led CFI-funded projects (CFI $ Total – McGill & Partners):

• Don Baker, Faculty of Science, Exploration and Application of Critical Metals; $2,420,000

• Richard Chromik, Faculty of Engineering, Surface Engineering Solutions for Aerospace: Terrestrial and Space Applications; $3,624,371

• Kathleen Cullen, Faculty of Medicine, Targeted Manipulation of Neural Microcircuits for Understanding and Correcting Brain Dysfunction; $2,407,815

• Vicky Kaspi, Faculty of Science, Detecting Fast Radio Transients with the CHIME Telescope; $2,242,799

• Michael Meaney, Faculty of Medicine, Treatment Outcomes in Mood Disorders; $1,157,277

• Morag Park, Faculty of Medicine, Targeting the Tumour Microenvironment: Bridging Basic Science and Therapy; $2,389,840

• Alain Ptito, Faculty of Medicine, Sensing and repairing the injured brain: tools and methods for the characterization of brain injury and repair; $2,995,246

• Amir Shmuel, Faculty of Medicine, Québec Centre for High-Field Brain Imaging; $7,516,327

• Jackie Vogel, Faculty of Science, An integrated quantitative biology initiative (IQBI); $5,019,840

• Marcelo Wanderley, Live Expression “in situ”: Musical and Audiovisual Performance and Reception; $4,366,723

May 29, 2015