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

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

Published on August 30 2010


The Ministry of Research and Innovation announced Aug. 27 that it has awarded $727,012 to Brock University in support of five research projects focusing on aging, human health and materials science, involving collaborative partnerships and benefits for the Niagara region and beyond.

The funding comes from the Ontario Research Fund-Research Infrastructure Program, allowing Brock researchers to purchase the necessary equipment to conduct their work, in turn stimulating various sectors of the economy. It is estimated that every dollar invested directly in research yields more than $7 in economic benefits, including spin-off jobs.

“Today’s announcement is yet another confirmation of our government’s strong commitment to supporting the research community at Brock University and further bolstering our knowledge-based economy here in Niagara,” Jim Bradley, St. Catharines MPP and Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, said while making the funding announcement at Brock. Bradley also met with several of the researchers to gain better insight into the depth of research and the future impact of the work being conducted at the university.

“This research support from the province of Ontario is invaluable,” noted Ian Brindle, vice-president Research at Brock. “Research that is enabled by this funding will allow our researchers to make huge strides in a wide range of areas that will help improve health and facilitate new discoveries to be made in materials science.”

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 Ontario Research Fund exists to provide Ontario’s research community with one window for research funding. Through a commitment of $730 million over four years, Ontario is providing talented researchers with the support they need to undertake cutting-edge research.

BACKGROUND

ABOUT THE RESEARCHERS and their PROJECTS

Catherine Mondloch, Psychology
Adults are extremely good at recognizing the identity of individual faces and facial displays of emotion. Mondloch wants to better understand how this expertise develops during childhood. Her research will help us understand what happens in cases of atypical development, such as autism, and could yield new approaches to treatment.

Fereidoon Razavi, Physics
Razavi develops materials for industrial applications. He now has a new Physical Property Measurement System, which allows for the automated measurement of several properties. This will speed up his research – which has applications across several industries, including electronics, chemicals, medical and health.

Sidney Segalowitz, and Jane Dywan, Psychology
These psychologists are using scalp electrophysiology to learn more about how self control develops in adolescents and how it changes with age, with a particular focus on gambling. Their findings could change the way addictions are treated in the future.

Ayda Tekok-Kilic, Child and Youth Studies
This clinical and cognitive neuroscientist studies how children develop working memory – the system that lets us temporarily store and manage information so we can carry out complex tasks like learning and reasoning. She hopes to identify the functional problems related to working memory in anxiety and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Craig Tokuno, and Allan Adkin, Physical Education and Kinesiology
These researchers hope to reduce the incidence of falls and fall-related injuries in older adults. They are investigating how the central nervous system controls posture and locomotion, and how this changes with advancing age.

Fereidoon Razavi, Ian Brindle, Rick Cheel, Jim Bradley

From left: Fereidoon Razavi, Ian Brindle, Rick Cheel (Interim Dean of Mathematics and Science), Jim Bradley