Organization: McGill Univ

McGill and U of T join edX on-line learning service

McGill Univ and the Univ of Toronto have joined edX, a $60-million on-line learning initiative launched by Harvard Univ and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012. The two Canadian institutions are part of a tranche of six non-US universities that doubles edX’s membership. Members gain access to MIT’s open-source MITx platform and massive datasets…

Institutions to receive CERC chairs announced

The results of the first phase of the second smaller round of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program have been announced with eight universities given the go-ahead to nominate world-renowned researchers to fill 11 chairs. The competition was announced in the 2011 federal Budget and launched last December, with 10 chairs worth $10 million…

Government launches second CERC competition

A second smaller round of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CECR) program has been launched, with 10 chairs worth $10 million each up for grabs in the four large priority areas outlined in the 2007 S&T strategic plan with an added emphasis on the digital economy. The two-stage process for selecting the winners involves universities…

Agreement will launch open innovation projects

Wesley Clover has entered into a collaborative agreement with l’École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) to initiate and support entrepreneurial initiatives and joint technology projects based on open innovation. The agreement leverages Wesley Clover’s expertise in angel investing and company building in the area of telecommunications, digital media, real estate and leisure properties. ÉTS has recently…

IDRC and granting councils fund climate change research

The International Development Research Centre and Canada’s three federal granting councils have joined forces to fund five research teams under the International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change. Five projects will each receive $2.5 million over five years for a total of $12.5 million to conduct research in Canada and in developing countries across…

Mimetogen Pharmaceuticals receives series B financing

Montreal-based Mimetogen Pharmaceuticals has closed a series B financing round to further develop its neurotrophin mimetics to treat dry eye and other degenerative ocular disorders. The financing is provided by Medwell Capital Inc, which is committing up to $2-million in the privately held, clinical-stage spin off from McGill Univ and Lady Davis Institute for Medical…

NSERC announces 2010 Synergy Awards

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has announced the winners of this year’s Synergy Awards for Innovation, given to exemplary university-industry collaboration. Each university researcher receives a $200,000 research grant while participating companies can hire an NSERC Industrial R&D Fellow for two years with NSERC picking up the company portion of the salary.…

Health research award winners announced

The 9th annual Canadian Health Research Awards have been jointly presented by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Prix Galien Canada. Prix Galien made its awards to Dr Julio Montaner (Univ of British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS) for ongoing innovation in the development and delivery of HIV treatment, and Janssen-Ortho for a…

Sonomax and ETS establish auditory research chair

Somomax Technologies Inc and École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) have established an Industrial Research Chair to develop new in-ear auditory technologies. Montreal-based Somomax will provide $750,000 over five years and the chair will be held by Dr Jeremy Voix, former research director at Somomax. In addition to giving Somomax access to highly-skilled graduates and ETS’…

QS ranking includes 10 Canadian universities

McGill Univ is the top ranked of 10 Canadian university that were placed in the latest world university ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a UK-based student services firm. McGill ranked 19th in the 2010 ranking of 400 institutions and was one of four that placed in the top 100 ahead of the Univ of Toronto…