CHARLOTTETOWN -- Fisheries and Oceans Canada Minister Gail Shea announced Thursday the renewal of two Canada Research Chairs at the university of Prince Edward Island.
Dr. Russell Kerr begins a second term as the Canada Research Chair in Marine Natural Products and Dr. Crawford Revie was renewed for Population Health: Epi-informatics.
“UPEI is extremely proud to have Dr. Kerr and Dr. Revie renewed in these roles,” said UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El Aziz. “These are two exciting and outstanding researchers who demonstrate the community of discovery and innovation we foster at UPEI. Their research has a very real impact on the world, and gives our students and post-doctoral fellows access to word-class expertise and instruction.”
Kerr’s research takes him from the tropics to the arctic in search of marine compounds with potential as therapeutic agents, seeking new ways to discover and extract these compounds without damaging the environment.
Revie is exploring new ways to use techniques from informatics, such as data mining, data-driven modeling and sematic web technologies, to gain a better understanding of disease epidemiology.
“Through programs such as the Canada Research Chairs,” said Shea, who announced the renewals on behalf of the Minister of State for Science and Technology, Greg Rickford, “we are supporting cutting-edge research at Canadian universities and fostering innovation by helping researchers bring their ideas to the marketplace, benefitting Canadians and improving their quality of life.”
The Government of Canada is providing $108.9 million through the Canada Research Chair Program to support 135 newly awarded and renewed research chairs. Of that number, 26 researchers have been recruited from abroad, including 11 Canadians who are returning to work in their home country.