Organization: Univ of Western Ontario

Toronto and Shenzhen launch the Sino-Canada International Innovation Centre

The cities of Toronto and Shenzhen, often called Silicon Valley North and Silicon Valley of China, respectively, will open the Sino-Canada International Innovation Centre this month at a ceremony in Toronto. The Sci Innovation Centre is intended to increase cooperation between Chinese and Canadian entrepreneurs and companies in the following industry sectors: electronic technology, ICT, biotechnology, cleantech…

Panel to advise on intern’l education strategy

The federal government has formed an expert panel to provide advice on how to attract more international students and researchers to Canada as part of its International Education Strategy. The panel will also advise on strengthening Canada’s engagement with emerging priority markets; expanding the delivery of Canadian expertise, knowledge and education services abroad; and promoting…

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…

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…

CANARIE upgrades network, funds new projects.

CANARIE Inc has announced a critical upgrade of its national research network that will dramatically increase network capacity 10-fold. The upgrade was achieved with the installation of ethernet routers from Juniper Network Inc, Sunnyvale CA, allowing researchers to exchange and analyze large data volumes more quickly. The upgrade was unveiled at CANARIE’s Summit 09 conference…

Feds pledge $5M for UWO health innovation centre

The federal government has committed $5 million to the creation of the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership at the Univ of Western Ontario. The Centre will combine expertise in business, health sciences and medicine to develop multidisciplinary talent and commercialize health inventions and processes. The funding requires Treasury Board approval….

Novo Nordisk funds diabetes research at Western

Novo Nordisk has contributed $500,000 to a National Diabetes Management Strategy jointly managed by the Univ of Western Ontario and the Canadian Diabetes Association. The funding will be used to research diabetes treatment in primary care, with the aim of defining problems and gaps in prevention and treatment and developing solutions . The Strategy is…

New tri-university neuroscience network created

The Ontario-based universities have come together to establish the Canadian Action and Perception Network (CAPnet), a neuroscience research initiative focused on the brain’s control of human movement and perception and how disease and injury can disrupt these functions. The network combines the York Centre for Vision Research at York Univ, the Group for Action and…

Ontario invests $7.5 million in biofuels research

The Government of Ontario is providing $7.5 million to two biofuels projects to support the new Bioproducts Initiative at the Univ of Western Ontario (UWO). UWO’s new Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources will receive $5 million to turn agricultural byproducts into fuel and chemicals such as organic insecticides, pesticides and fertilizers. The…

SSHRC invests $22 million in 11 knowledge clusters

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has awarded $22 million over seven years in 11 knowledge networks. The networks span the range of SSHRC disciplines and include the Research Network for Business Sustainability at the Univ of Western Ontario, an international entrepreneurship strategic knowledge cluster at the Univ of Waterloo, a sustainable prosperity…