Person: Dr Martha Crago

Quantum computing, brain research top list for new US-Canada collaborations

President Donald Trump’s push for major cuts to research funding in the US are fueling even closer scientific ties between our two countries. Preliminary talks have begun between the US National Science Foundation and research funders in Canada to kickstart new research collaborations in quantum computing, the brain, biodiversity and the Arctic. Recent meetings held in both Ottawa and Washington are expected, as a first step, to result in a Dear Colleague letter from the NSF encouraging its researchers to identify opportunities for joint projects the rapidly evolving field of brain research.

Dr Martha Crago

Dr Martha Crago has been appointed VP research and innovation at McGill. She is returning to her alma mater after two years at the Univ of Montreal where she served as vice-rector international and institutional relations and an eight-year stint as VP research at Dalhousie Univ (R$, March 11/08). Crago is currently a member of…

Pamela Fralick

Pamela Fralick has been appointed president of Innovative Medicines (formerly Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies – Rx&D) effective immediately. She replaces interim president Elaine Campbell who stepped in five months ago following the departure of Russell Williams. Fralick is a veteran health administrator who was previously president and/or CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Healthcare…

Dr Bernhard Rabus

Dr Bernhard Rabus has been selected as the inaugural chairholder of the NSERC Industrial Chair in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) at Simon Fraser Univ. The $2.25-million chair is jointly supported by SFU, MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates and the Canadian Space Agency. Rabus will focus on creating new technologies, improving data-processing methods for SAR and creating…

Dr Martha Crago

Dr Martha Crago has been appointed VP research at Dalhousie Univ, replacing Dr Carl Breckenridge who is retiring from the position after eight years. Crago will also hold the international relations portfolio which is being added to the position. Crago comes to Dalhousie from the Univ of Montreal where she served as vice-rector international and…

Dr Richard Isnor

Dr Richard Isnor has been appointed manager of NSERC-Atlantic in Moncton NB, effective April 7, replacing interim manager Catherine Vardy. Isnor comes to NSERC from the International Development Research Centre where he was director of innovation, policy and science since late 2005. Prior to that he was director of biotechnology horizontal initiatives and interdepartmental relations…

Alex Navarre

Alex Navarre has been appointed manager of NSERC-Quebec effective March 17. Navarre comes to NSERC from the Univ of Western Ontario (UWO) where he held the position of director of technology transfer and industry liaison since October/04. Prior to that, he held the same position at McGill Univ. Navarre received an MBA from UWO and…