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McMaster experts in aging research recognized with Canada Research Chairs


Published: May 3, 2018  

The federal government has recognized the expertise of nine McMaster researchers with an investment of nearly $10 million from the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program. 

The investment will fund two new and seven renewed Canada Research Chairs whose research covers the spectrum – from aging, disease, medicine and exercise, to radiation science, functional materials and electrified vehicles.

The CRC Program enables researchers to further their work, improve Canada’s international competitiveness, and train the next generation of leaders. McMaster is currently home to 70 CRCs.

Rob Baker, McMaster’s vice-president of research, says the CRC funding is critical to McMaster’s ability to attract and retain some of the world’s best talent.

“Individually and collectively, these Canada Research Chairs have the capacity – through their research and their commitment to train the next generation – to make a profound difference in their respective fields and to improve the health and well-being of Canadians and society as a whole,” he says.

McMaster’s renewed Canada Research Chairs include the scientific director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), Parminder Raina, along with Aimee Nelson and Michael Surette, who are members of MIRA:

Aimee Nelson, Canada Research Chair in Sensorimotor Neuroscience (Tier 2)

Also awarded $94,400 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund for research infrastructure.

Parminder Raina, Canada Research Chair in Geroscience (Tier 1)

Michael Surette, Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Microbiome Research (Tier 1)

Tier 1 Chairs, tenable for seven years and renewable for an additional term, are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. For each Tier 1 Chair, the university receives $200,000 annually for seven years.

Tier 2 Chairs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. For each Tier 2 Chair, the university receives $100,000 annually for five years.

To see a listing of all ​nine McMaster Canada Research Chair recipients, click here

To see a complete listing of this round of Canada Research Chair recipients, click here.

This article was first published on Daily News. Read the original article.

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