Organization: Genome BC

The Short Report – May 29, 2019: CRCC progress report, poultry research, bio-refinery

The Canada Research Coordinating Committee has released its first progress report, highlighting accomplishments to date on five priority areas: interdisciplinary, international, high-risk/high-rewards, rapid response research; key emerging research areas; equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI); Indigenous research; and, the needs of early career researchers (ECR). Activities over the coming year include: calls for applications under the…

The Short Report – May 1, 2019: Licensing income, new Teachers fund, federal investments

Details are beginning to emerge on cuts to R&D in the April 11 Ontario budget: $1 million for the Mowat Centre (closing), the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity (closing) and the province’s Health System Research Fund (clawed back). R$ will investigate these and other cuts further. – Mowat Centre Canada and Japan have signed two…

Innovate BC’s new board of directors

Innovate BC, British Columbia’s primary technology agency, has a new Board of Directors, whose members were announced last week at the #BCTECH Summit. The board will become the province’s new innovation commission, chaired by Thompson Rivers Univ president and vice-chancellor, Alan Shaver. He will be assisted by 11 members and one ex-officio member, Alan Winter, BC’s…

CIHR funds research into disease-environment link

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is investing $16 million over five years into etiological research on environment-microbiome-gene-interaction for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease. The new funding will support eight research teams that will examine interactions between genes and the environment to guide new approaches for treatment, prevention and…

Genome BC’s CSO receives $1.1M in research funding

Dr Don Riddle has received $1.1 million from two granting agencies to further his research on aging. Riddle, Genome BC‘s chief scientific officer, was awarded $905,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study the development of c.elegans, a free-living nematode. He also received $213,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council to…

Genome BC receives $68 million in funding

Genome BC has finally completed research and funding agreements necessary to receive matching funding from Genome Canada. The provincial node of the national genomics network has lined up funding for five research projects worth $68 million, which will proceed under the leadership of recently installed president and CEO Dr Alan Winter. Genome Canada is contributing…