Brock awarded more than $700,000 in research funding


MPP Jim Bradley visited Brock on Aug. 27 to announce $727,012 in research funding and speak with Brock researchers. Shown from left are Physics professor Fereidoon Razavi; Ian Brindle, Vice-President Research; Rick Cheel, Interim Dean of Mathematics and Science, and Bradley.

The province has awarded $727,012 to support five Brock research projects to do with aging, human health and materials science.

The funding, which comes from the Ministry of Research and Innovation, allows Brock researchers to buy the necessary equipment to conduct their work. Estimates show that every dollar invested in research yields more than $7 in economic benefits.

“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,” said Jim Bradley, St. Catharines MPP and Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, when he made the funding announcement at Brock on Aug. 27. Bradley also met with several of the researchers.

Ian Brindle, Vice-President Research, said the funding is “invaluable.”

“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,” he said.

The 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 funding comes from the Ontario Research Fund — Research Infrastructure Program.

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