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Three MIRA researchers among nine receiving $2.25 million in New Frontiers funding

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MIRA researchers Margaret Fahnestock, Ravi Selvaganapathy and Todd Hoare are among nine researchers receiving Exploration awards, designed to support initiatives that push boundaries and inspire high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research.

Published: May 31, 2021

Three McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) members are among nine researchers to receive a combined $2.25 million from the Government of Canada to advance their research across a number of disciplines.

The investment comes from the New Frontiers Research Fund – designed to support initiatives that push boundaries in exciting new areas and inspire high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research. Each researcher will receive up to $250,000 over the next two years.

“Congratulations to our researchers who have been recognized for their innovative ideas and the potential value their research holds for Canadians,” said Karen Mossman, vice-president, research.

“I applaud the government on this investment that ensures Canada’s research community is positioned to lead the way on the next big discovery.”

The MIRA recipients of the 2020 New Frontiers Research Fund Exploration Awards:

Todd Hoare
Professor, department of chemical engineering
Project: Rebuilding the vitreous humour to delay or prevent the onset of age-related macular degeneration

Ravi Selvaganapathy
Professor, department of mechanical engineering
Project title: Biofabrication technologies for cultured meat products

Margaret Fahnestock
Professor, department of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences
Project title: Delivering neuronal survival signals across the blood brain barrier

“Research that takes great risks advances the way we think about the issues that impact Canadians,” said François-Philippe Champagne, minister of Innovation, Science and Industry during a national funding announcement on May 31.

“The Government of Canada is supporting researchers who are exploring bold new directions that could change lives and position Canada at the forefront of global research and innovation.” 

Click here to learn more about the 2020 New Frontiers Research Fund Exploration research projects.

This article was first published on Brighter World. For the full list of recipients, read the original article.

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2021

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