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Eleven new Early Researcher Awards for McMaster

Eleven new Early Researcher Awards for McMaster

McMaster's 11 newest ERAs

March 28, 2014

Dozens of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates and technicians will have the opportunity to join the research teams of the eleven Early Researcher Award winners announced today by Ted McMeekin, Ontario’s Minister of Community and Social Services.

The ERA program helps promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research programs, and recognizes their potential to become world-class innovators. The work of McMaster’s newest ERAs will impact public health, the environment and the economy.

“These eleven talented researchers are blazing new trails in their fields. Whether it’s health, environmental or rehabilitation sciences, green technologies, or more efficient delivery of our health care services, they are creating new ways of thinking and new innovations in their areas of research,” says Mo Elbestawi, McMaster’s vice-president of research and international affairs. “They are also attracting the next wave of young researchers - dozens of whom will come through McMaster's doors over the next five years to continue our tradition of research excellence."

The ERA awardees represent five of McMaster’s six Faculties and will each be funded to a maximum of $140,000 by the provincial government, with in-kind funding of $50,000 from the University, over the next five years. 

“We are proud to invest in ground-breaking, world-class research right here in Hamilton. Our researchers are pivotal to building a dynamic and innovative business climate in Ontario, one that will draw investment and opportunity and build Ontario’s economic strength and competitive edge,” says Minister McMeekin, M.P.P. for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale.

McMaster’s latest round of Early Researcher Awards and their research proposals are:

  • Thomas Adams, assistant professor, chemical engineering, whose work on sustainable energy conversion may be pivotal to positioning Ontario as a lead global exporter of nuclear energy products.
    Proposal title: Leveraging Canada’s natural resources for sustainable transportation fuel production
  • Dawn Bowdish, assistant professor, pathology & molecular medicine, whose research investigates the causes of bacterial pneumonia in the elderly
    Proposal title:
    Interplay between inflammation and impaired anti-bacterial immunity in the elderly
  • Dr. Benicio Frey, associate professor, psychiatry & behavioural neurosciences, whose work is focused on developing more accurate treatment for the 10 – 15 per cent of Canadians who suffer from depression
    Proposal title:
    Predictors of treatment response in individuals with depression
  • Kristin Hope, assistant professor, biochemistry and biomedical sciences, who is leading ground breaking research on improvements in blood stem cell transplants
    Proposal title: Determining the molecular targets of the hematopoietic stem cell regulator Msi2
  • Victor Kuperman, assistant professor, linguistics and languages, who is exploring the cognitive causes of inadequate reading comprehension and ways to incorporate this research into adult literacy programs
    Proposal title:
    Learning to Read and Reading to Learn
  • Nathan Magarvey, assistant professor, biochemistry & biomedical sciences, and Canada Research Chair in Natural Product Drug Discovery, who is leading
    the delivery of safer, more effective and targeted natural drug discoveries
    Proposal title: Informatic searches for natural bioactive small molecules
  • Gillian Mulvale, assistant professor, health policy and management, whose work will help families and service providers deliver coordinated services for adolescents with mental illness. Proposal Title: Developing Policy Frameworks/Tools  for Improved Transitions and Coordination of Mental Health Care using Personal Technology and Experience-Based Design
  • Daria O’Reilly, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, who is exploring ways to spend resources more efficiently in the treatment of diabetes
    Proposal title: Costs, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of diabetes treatment and management
  • Guillaume Paré, assistant professor, pathology and molecular medicine, and Canada Research Chair in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, whose work will help physicians identify diabetics who are at high risk of developing heart or kidney complications
    Proposal Title:
    Developing novel blood tests to predict complications of diabetes
  • Graham Scott, assistant professor, biology who is studying the respiratory systems of animals who are able to thrive in conditions of oxygen deprivation, and the environmental and clinical implications
    Proposal Title: Nature’s solutions to oxygen deprivation
  • Ada Tang, assistant professor, rehabilitation sciences, who is exploring ways in which to improve cardiovascular care and reduce healthcare costs in the province
    Proposal title:
    Exercise and cardiovascular health after stroke

The ERA program helps promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates and technicians. The goal of the program is to improve Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent.