Brock awarded more than $700,000 from CFI to support aging, human health and materials science research

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Brock awarded more than $700,000 from CFI to support aging, human health and materials science research


Dec 18, 2009

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced this week that it has awarded $727,012 to Brock University in support of five projects led by several Brock researchers. The projects focus on aging, human health and materials science, and will involve collaborative partnerships and benefits for the Niagara region and beyond.



The CFI supports research through infrastructure that helps stimulate various sectors of the economy associated with such capital projects. It is estimated that every dollar invested directly in research yields more than $7 million in economic benefits, including spin-off jobs.

“Brock continues to strengthen its reputation as a centre of vital research,” said St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra. “I am very pleased to see the CFI support the efforts of our world-class researchers in these vitally important areas such as aging and human health.”



“The cutting-edge infrastructure acquired by these researchers will further our relationship in various areas that are highly relevant for the Niagara region,” said Liette Vasseur, vice-president Research at Brock. “The project for materials science also shows Brock’s increasing strength in this field and opens up collaboration possibilities with regional companies in this area.” She added, “Such investment in research has the high potential for long-term benefits in our region and beyond.”



“The investments at Brock will further enhance our country’s reputation as a destination of choice for outstanding researchers,” said Dr. Eliot Phillipson, president and CEO of the CFI. “They will make our universities even more competitive when it comes to attracting the best and brightest researchers from around the world.”



The Brock researchers and their awards include:


  • Catherine Mondloch, professor, Psychology, $170,790 for “The Development of Face Perception”


  • Fereidoon Razavi, professor, Physics, $245,850 for “The Physical Property Management System (PPMS) for Research on Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Materials and Thin Films of Compounds”


  • Sidney Segalowitz, professor, Psychology, $35,965 for “Neurovisceral Models of Mental Health and Personality”

  • Ayda Tekok-Kilic, assistant professor, Child and Youth Studies, $125,617 for “An Electrophysiological Approach to the Developmental Trajectories of Working Memory Functions”


  • Craig Tokuno, assistant professor, Physical Education and Kinesiology, $148,790 for “Establishment of the Balance and Gait Laboratory to Investigate the Neural Strategies Used for Postural and Locomotor Control”

The CFI announced a total of nearly $60 million in new funds to support 262 projects at 40 institutions across Canada.

The investment was approved by the CFI’s board of directors last month, following a rigorous merit-review process. A total of $45,688,386 was awarded under the Leaders Opportunity Fund, which provides infrastructure support to Canadian institutions so they can attract and retain the very best of today and tomorrow’s leading researchers at a time of intense international competition for knowledge workers. The remaining $13,706,516 was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, a complementary program that assists research institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with new infrastructure projects.