Four researchers from the UBC Faculty of Medicine are among the new and renewed Canada Research Chairs recently announced by the Government of Canada.
The Canada Research Chairs Program enables Canadian universities to achieve the highest levels of research excellence and become world-class research centres. Chairholders improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada’s international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching and the coordination of other researchers’ work.
The Canada Research Chairs were announced as part of the Government of Canada’s investment of $960 million for research. The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and of the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced support for over 4,700 researchers and research projects across Canada. These investments of over $960 million through grants, scholarships and programs are part of the government’s ongoing support for Canada’s research ecosystem.
Fifteen UBC researchers were announced as new and renewed Canada Research Chairs, representing an investment of $12.8 million.
Faculty of Medicine recipients
David Huntsman, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Molecular and Genomic Pathology (Renewed)
Brian Kwon, Orthopaedics
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Spinal Cord Injury (New)
Sarah Purcell, Medicine
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Energy Metabolism in Chronic Disease (New)
Veena Sriram, School of Population and Public Health
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Global Health Policy (New)