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OVC researchers share in CFI investment to UofG

University of Guelph researchers working to fight human and avian diseases, develop new antimicrobials, and improve plant genetics have received nearly $600,000 in federal support.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is funding five U of G research projects spanning three colleges. Ed Holder, minister of state (science and technology), made the announcement during an event at the University of Moncton on July 29.

Pathobiology professors Nicole Nemeth and Leonardo Susta teamed up and received a $125,000 grant to advance their studies in infectious avian diseases. The Ontario Veterinary College professors will investigate novel, emerging and re-emerging viral pathogens in hopes of improving disease surveillance, control and prevention.

In total, CFI is contributing $23.2 million through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund to 143 research projects across Canada. The fund was created to help universities attract and retain leading faculty and researchers. Ontario researchers apply for matching support from the provincial Ministry of Research and Innovation.

“This is a crucial investment in our research talent and capacity,” said Malcolm Campbell, U of G’s vice-president (research).

“It will provide leading researchers with the vital infrastructure they need to excel and give our students access to state-of-the-art equipment. It will also open doors for new discoveries and applications in biotechnology, antibiotic resistance, cardiovascular disease and avian viruses.”

Read the full UofG news release.