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Supporting New Discoveries in Ontario


Supporting New Discoveries in Ontario

Ontario's investments are supporting 280 ground-breaking research projects across the province, including:

Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence

Solving the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis
Lead researcher: Gerard Wright, McMaster University
Public Health agencies around the globe have identified antimicrobial resistance as one of the most critical public health challenges of our time. This multidisciplinary team of investigators will build on their momentum and efforts to address the resistance crisis.

iCity: Urban Informatics for Sustainable Metropolitan Growth
Lead researcher: Eric Miller, University of Toronto
iCity is a virtual lab for urban design that will develop and apply advanced data, analysis and visualization capabilities to find innovative ways to improve urban transportation system performance as well as design efficient, sustainable cities for the well-being of individuals and society.

Technology for Neuro-Interventional Applications
Lead researcher: Blaine Chronik, University of Western Ontario 
The team is developing a new magnetic resonance imaging system that is accessible, and delivers high-performance neuroimaging. This will bring the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging to healthcare settings where it is currently unavailable.

Early Researcher Awards

Unraveling the Alteration History of Mars
Lead researcher: Mariek Schmidt, Brock University
This project will explore connections between discoveries aboard the Mars Science Lab Curiosity rover and unaltered and altered Hawaiian volcanics. This work is intended to help determine whether Mars could have been habitable by microbes.

Theta-Gamma Coupling and Working Memory in Patients with Late-Life Depression
Lead researcher: Dr. Tarek Rajji, Centre for Addictions and Mental Health
Dr. Rajji is using novel techniques to identify a brain-based biomarker in individuals at high risk of developing dementia: older people with depression and cognitive deficits such as memory impairments. The knowledge could be used to develop treatments for this population.   

A Longitudinal Analysis of the Canadian World Wide Web as a Historical Resource
Lead researcher: Ian Milligan, University of Waterloo
This project, among the first of its kind, is harnessing Internet data to enable present and future historians to usefully access, interpret, and curate born-digital primary sources that document our recent past.

Ontario Research Fund - Research Infrastructure

Coherent X-Ray Photonics: A Technology Unifying Materials, Imaging and Ultrafast Science
Lead researchers: Drs. Paul Corkum and Albert Stolow, University of Ottawa
This project will use a unique, high power laser system to develop advances in X-ray technology that will support next-generation manufacturing.

Research Facility for Integrated Building Energy Harvesting Systems
Lead researchers: Drs. James Cotton and John Preston, McMaster University
Investigating different clean energy technologies to meet the world's growing demand for clean, sustainable energy.

Green Chemicals and Processes
Lead researcher: Pedram Fatehi, Lakehead University
Biorefining is a new process that takes waste materials produced during the pulping process and turns them into value-added - and environmentally friendly - products. Dr. Fatehi is investigating how these green chemicals could be produced and used by resource extraction industries such as mining and oil.

Engineering a Smart Microgrid Test Platform
Lead researcher: Praveen Jain, Queen's University
As Ontario continues to close down coal-fired generating plants, our existing power grid must become 'smarter' to accommodate wind, solar and other renewable energy sources more reliably. This project will explore ways to harness renewable energy more efficiently.

Establishing a Facility for Cognitive Neuroscience in Acquired Brain Injury
Lead researcher: Alan Scoboria, University of Windsor
This project will enable research that explores our ability to communicate and remember information about our pasts, thoughts, and emotions. The research will potentially improve how conditions that disrupt these processes, such as brain damage caused by stroke or concussion, are treated.

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