(July 16, 2012 " Thunder Bay, ON)
Lakehead University researchers have been awarded numerous Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grants, allowing them to continue pursuing their ground-breaking work, from biology and chemical engineering to physics and geology. In addition to NSERC's Discovery Grants, several faculty and graduate students have received other NSERC funding awards (as listed in the attached backgrounder), bringing the total amount conferred to Lakehead researchers to over $2 million.
Researchers, like Dr. Pedram Fatehi (Chemical Engineering), aim to produce new value-added products from pulp and paper process waste, while Dr. Mitchell Albert, Lakehead University-Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) Chair in Molecular Imaging and Advanced Diagnostics, is developing an advanced molecular imaging technology to detect diseases at an early stage. As well, one of our many talented graduate students, Jesse Walker (PhD Chemistry and Material Science Program) is studying the design, synthesis and utilization of organometallic compounds which have widespread applications in many areas of chemistry, including hydrogen storage, material science and the synthesis of natural products and pharmaceuticals (for more details please refer to the attached backgrounder).
"Our scientists continue to prove that research not only opens doors to discoveries and a better understanding of the natural world, but that it's critical to creating jobs, improving human health, protecting the environment and creating renewable energy sources," explains Lakehead Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Dr. Rod Hanley. "The calibre of pure and applied research taking place at Lakehead demonstrates our commitment to becoming a top Canadian research university and establishing beneficial collaborations with industry, government and the community."
Vice-President (Research, Economic Development and Innovation) Dr. Rui Wang, the recipient of a $235,000 Discovery Grant for his work exploring how hydrogen sulfide can save the lives of brain and cardiovascular disease patients, is keenly aware of the importance of research funding, saying, "NSERC's funding is vital for advancing the knowledge creation processto benefit our communities and our people."Other NSERC award recipients include Lakehead researchers who will use their funding to develop new means for industrial wastewater treatment, investigate how caribou and other herbivores cooperate and compete in their natural environments, and study the role of bacteria in reducing sulfate in gold mine drainage systems.
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Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. More than 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDÂ®) standards.