$335,000 in new CFI funding for neuroscience and biology research

Acting Vice-President (Research and International) Kim Matheson welcomed the investment of $335,000 in funding on July 3, 2007 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for two research projects.

One project, led by Susan Bertram, a professor in the Department of Biology, will provide funding to drive key experiments in the Carleton University Behavioural Acoustic Research Facility. The second will support a joint research program carried out by professors Matthew Holahan and Alfonso Abizaid in the Department of Psychology’s Institute of Neuroscience to study how diet impacts cognitive function, memory and brain pathology.

“We are very pleased to receive the CFI’s generous investment in the work of these innovative researchers. With CFI funding, Carleton University continues to be a leader in ground-breaking research that is worldrenowned,” said Matheson.

The funding will be used, in part, to build a state-of-the-artbehavioural acoustic research facility, which Bertram will head up. Her research focuses on determining what maintains the underlying variation in traits that influence lifetime reproductive success and survival.

Holahan and Abizaid’s project will determine if exposure to a high fat diet during critical periods of development results in a predisposition to neurodegenerative pathology associated with memory impairments. It may ultimately shed light on the factors that underscore conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Carleton University’s awards are part of a $26 million CFI investment to fund 136 projects at 40 institutions across Canada. A total of $22 million was awarded under the Leaders Opportunities Fund, an ongoing program designed to assist Canadian universities in attracting and retaining outstanding faculty members and researchers.

The remaining $4 million was awarded by Infrastructure Operating Fund, an accompanying program that contributes to the incremental operating and maintenance costs of infrastructure projects funded by the CFI.

Visit carleton.ca/research for more information.

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