NSERC invests more than $170K in Waterloo pharmacists pushing the boundaries of knowledge

Monday, June 22, 2015

More than 43 researchers from Waterloo Science are part of the 3,800 Canadian researchers receiving funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) today.

The announcement was made this morning at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology).

A key pillar of our government’s updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy is ensuring Canada develops, attracts and retains the world’s most talented researchers,” said the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology).

This funding supports transformational research spanning the sciences and all departments and schools within Science. It will help Waterloo scientists as they make new discoveries in science and engineering that push the boundaries of knowledge, create jobs, opportunities and improve the quality of life of Canadians.

Waterloo School of Pharmacy Discovery Grant recipients include

Associate Professor Jamie Joseph – The role of cytosolic malic enzyme and isocitrate dehydrogenase in the regulation of insulin exocytosis from pancreatic beta-cells;

Assistant Professor Paul Spagnuolo – The role of autophagy in myeloid cell differentiation and death.

NSERC’s Discovery Grants Program is our flagship. It invests in the full range of science and engineering disciplines and thus builds the strong foundation that is a necessary prerequisite for innovation,” said B. Mario Pinto, President, NSERC.

The awards announced today are the results of the 2015 competition for NSERC’s Discovery GrantsDiscovery Accelerator SupplementsDiscovery Development GrantsAlexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate ScholarshipsPostgraduate ScholarshipsPostdoctoral Fellowships and Research Tools and Instruments Grants.

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