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CFI awards $1.2 million to two St. Michael's scientists

Toronto, April 7, 2011

The Canada Foundation for Innovation recently awarded $61 million in grants to scientists across Canada via its Leaders Opportunity Fund.

Two researchers from St. Michael’s, Dr. Howard Leong-Poi and Dr. Xiao-Yan Wen, were among the 339 supported.

“Access to modern, cutting-edge equipment and facilities is imperative in the 21st century,” said Dr. Gilles Patry, CEO of CFI. “For more than a decade, the CFI has provided thousands of world-class researchers with the tools they need to do their work. Without the right infrastructure, they quite simply wouldn’t be in Canada.”

Dr. Wen received $794,217 for the Zebrafish Centre for Advanced Drug Discovery and Leong-Poi received $440,006 for his Cardiac Imaging and Hemodynamic Core Facility for Translational Research. These awards were the second and third largest of the 32 U of T researchers awarded.

The Leaders Opportunity Fund supports Canada’s quickly evolving research environment by giving Canadian universities the flexibility they need to attract and retain the world’s finest researchers at a time of intense international competition.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Board of Directors approved a total investment of $61,264,196 following a rigorous and independent merit-review process.