August 19, 2010



Ontario funds McMaster University's emerging researchers, research projects


Hamilton, Ont. August 19, 2010The Ontario Government has given 10 Early Researcher Awards to McMaster University. The awards, totaling $1.4-million, are given to recently appointed Ontario researchers to help them build their research teams of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and research associates. Each award is matched with $50,000 from the University.

The announcement was made this afternoon at McMaster University by Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, Patrick Deane, president of McMaster, and Mo Elbestawi, the University’s vice-president, Research & International Affairs. In all, Ontario is providing more than $11-million to support 80 emerging researchers and their teams at 16 institutions across Ontario through the Early Researcher Awards program.


“Today’s announcement represents an investment in researchers and projects that will be attracting the talents of more than 100 additional undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students to 21 research teams,” says Deane. “The infrastructure funding also provides for the high performance equipment, specialized instruments and materials for lab renovations needed to advance the discoveries that will impact the health and well-being of millions of Canadians and advance technologies that will benefit the economy.”


In addition to the ERA awards, the Ontario Government also announced its Ontario Research Funding—Research Infrastructure awards. The investment of $18-million supports 104 projects and more than 1,300 researchers at 14 institutions in 11 cities across the province. McMaster University was awarded $2,322,346 in ORF-RI funding for 11 projects, including treatments for deep-vein thrombosis; investigating the role of nutrition in the early growth and brain development of premature babies; and uncovering the effects of diabetes on adolescent muscles.


“Investing in scientific research shows how our government is committed to growing Hamilton’s economy,” says Sophia Aggelonitis, Minister of Revenue and Minister Responsible for Seniors. “This funding of more than $2-million for medical-related research shows the vital role our researchers at McMaster play.”


“I am proud of the tremendous talent we have in Hamilton and proud that our government is helping them make discoveries that will lead to new companies and jobs, while ensuring a better quality of life for Ontarians and people around the world,” said McMeekin.


ERA projects include developing stronger, more affordable steel; creating earthquake-resistant structures; reducing bad cholesterol in obese people; reducing the time taken to diagnose heart attacks; and helping immigrant youth stay mentally healthy and academically successful.


McMaster University’s 10 ERA awards are almost double the provincial average. Six of the recipients are from the Faculty of Engineering; three are from the Faculty of Health Sciences, and one is from the Faculty of Science.

The full list of recipients and their areas of research can be found online: for the ERA recipients:; for the ORFI-RI recipients:




For more information, please contact:


Jane Christmas

Manager, Public & Media Relations

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext. 27988


Michelle Donovan

Public Relations Manager: Broadcast Media

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext. 22869