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McGuinty Government Invests In Medical Research To Strengthen The Health Of Ontarians

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McGuinty Government Invests In Medical Research To Strengthen The Health Of Ontarians

$23 Million-Investment To Support Integration In London’s Research Community

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The McGuinty government is attracting top research talent and investment by supporting the integration of the Robarts Research Institute with the University of Western Ontario, Premier and Minister of Research and Innovation Dalton McGuinty announced today.

"These outstanding doctors, scientists and researchers are doing amazing work to help improve the lives of Ontarians who are living with serious diseases such as cancer," said Premier McGuinty.  "By supporting their work, we can help Ontarians who are sick to get better and we can attract the best and brightest researchers to Ontario."

The government will provide $23 million to support the integration of Robarts with the university and to help fund state-of-the-art medical research equipment.

"We're securing the future of the Robarts Research Institute so that its world- renowned medical imaging and biomedical research can continue to expand," said Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.  "By investing in new equipment and making Robarts' new partnership with the University of Western Ontario possible, we are enhancing the leading-edge research being conducted at both institutions."

"Robarts scientists are among the best in the world," said Dr. Cecil Rorabeck, interim scientific director of Robarts. "This generous provincial funding allows Robarts and Western scientists to come together to promote new discoveries that will, without a doubt, change lives everywhere."

"We are absolutely delighted that the Province of Ontario has recognized and is supporting the accomplishments and the future potential for world-class research at Robarts and Western," said Paul Davenport, president of The University of Western Ontario.

Investing in cutting-edge medical research is just one way the McGuinty government is working on the side of families to strengthen Ontario's economy.

Other initiatives include:

  • Investing $6.2 billion in postsecondary education and student financial assistance and training by 2009-10 -- the most significant multi-year investment in Ontario's higher education system in 40 years
  • Increasing full-time enrolment opportunities in postsecondary education for qualified students
  • Creating the Ministry of Research and Innovation to help support the discovery, funding and marketing of new ideas and technologies
  • Investing nearly $1.7 billion over five years in research, commercialization and outreach programs to help build a culture of innovation in Ontario.

"Prosperity in the 21st century is all about investing in the skills, knowledge and creativity of our people," said Premier McGuinty. "By supporting world-class research here at home, we're ensuring Ontario remains the place to be for years to come."


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