The Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta‘s Dr. S.R. Wayne Chen, Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, was the sole Faculty of Medicine recipient of a grant from this cycle of the Canada Foundation for Innovation‘s Leaders Opportunity Fund. The award of approximately $400,000 was made possible by matching funds, a CFI requirement, provided by the Alberta Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology ($400,000) and also by the Institute’s own funds ($45,000).
The Leaders Opportunity Fund is designed to help universities attract and retain the very best of today’s and tomorrow’s researchers at a time of intense international competition. To this end, the LOF offers universities the opportunity to:
- acquire infrastructure for their leading research faculty to undertake cutting-edge research and
- create competitive packages of research support in the form of infrastructure and a portion of the operating and maintenance costs from the CFI, coupled with direct research costs from partner organizations
“Investments from the Canada Foundation for Innovation are crucial as we continue to attract and retain worldclass researchers,” said Vice-President (Research) Dr. Rose Goldstein. “We very much appreciate the CFI’s support in providing our researchers with the equipment and technology they need to pursue their areas of expertise at the University of Calgary.”
This award along with the matching funds will allow for Dr. Chen, who works out of the King Family Experimental Arrhythmia Laboratory, to acquire a powerful high speed confocal microscope. This new piece of equipment will support not only his own laboratory, but also the work of other colleagues at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, including Dr. A. Gillis, Dr. H. Duff and member’s of the Institute’s smooth muscle research group.
UCalgary Medicine article on Dr. Chen’s CFI success – here
UCalgary article on the University’s CFI successes – here
Canada Foundation for Innovation’s announcement – here