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Four McMaster researchers named Canada Research Chairs

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McMaster University's newest Canada Research Chairs. Clockwise from top left: Gita Ljubicic, Alemu Gonsamo, Gabriel Xiao and Jennifer Heisz.

Published: December 16, 2020 By: Jay Robb

​MIRA member, Jennifer Heisz and three other McMaster University researchers, Alemu Gonsamo, Gita Ljubicic, and Gabriel Xiao, have been awarded Canada Research Chairs by the Government of Canada. 

Jennifer is the new Canada Research Chair in Brain Health and Aging (Tier 2). Her research examines how one session of exercise impacts the brain to improve memory, and will then determine how those temporary changes become permanent with regular exercise training and whether they can be enhanced with brain training games that target memory. This research will inform evidence-based guidelines for exercise interventions to keep older Canadians healthier longer.

Tier 2 Chairs, which are held for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers who have the potential to lead in their field. Jennifer and the other McMaster researchers were part of a $195 million investment by the federal government to support 259 new and renewed Chairs announced across the country. 

This article was first published on Brighter World. Read the original article.

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