Douglas Researchers supported by CFI investments

September 25, 2023

This year, thirty McGill research projects were funded through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund for innovative tools and infrastructure. Among them three projects were awarded to researchers from the Douglas – Drs. Diane Boivin, Pedro Rosa-Neto, and Lena Palaniyappan.

The funding was announced on September 18, 2023, by François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, and the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health. In all, the announcement represents more than $96 million to support 329 research infrastructure projects at 54 universities across the country through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). Recipients in Québec institutions also received matching funds from the Quebec government for their research endeavours for a total research investment. The funding was announced as part of a suite of national science and research investment.

The John R. Evans Leaders JELF helps universities attract top talent in diverse fields of research by providing them with the highly specialized research infrastructure they need to excel.

“I would like to thank the CFI and the Government of Quebec for their generous investments in world class research and innovation through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund. Through this Fund, McGill’s talented researchers can acquire the cutting-edge tools and infrastructure they need to embark on ambitious projects across disciplines, including tackling climate change through machine learning, and advancing the critical work of vaccine development. My congratulations are extended to all the researchers who received funding today.”<span class="su-quote-cite">Martha Crago, Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation)</span>

The three funded projects are detailed below:

  • Centre for Study and Treatment of Circadian Rhythms
    Professor Diane Boivin, Department of Psychiatry
    $225,630 from JELF, $225,630 matching provincial funds
  • Establishing a Tool for Hybrid Ultra-high Resolution Molecular and Structural Brain Imaging
    Professor Udunna Anazodo and Pedro Rosa-Neto, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
    $799,243 from JELF, $799,243 matching provincial funds
  • Studying the Neural Basis of Interpersonal Interactions in Severe Mental Illnesses
    Professor Lena Palaniyappan, Department of Psychiatry
    $139,528 from JELF, $139,528 matching provincial funds