Canada Foundation for Innovation awards York researcherBy York University Faculty of Science Sep 14, 2013 4:34AM UTC
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has awarded York University infrastructure funding to support the research of professor Georg Zoidl, Canada Research Chair in Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience.
He will receive $106, 529 in funding to examine the fundamental processes of communication between nerve cells. Zoidl’s lab investigates communication at specialized cell contacts, the Electrical Synapses, with the aim of elucidating how dysfunctional communication at these synapses can lead to significant disorders including, but not limited to epilepsy, stroke, or inflammation. Collectively, the research infrastructure acquired will allow understanding of key areas affected by malfunctions of electrical communication including learning and memory deficiencies and disruptions of the visual system.
“CFI’s investments in state-of-the-art infrastructure at York will support the exceptional work of our leading researchers”, said Robert Haché, vice-president research & innovation.
Gary Goodyear, minister of state (science and technology), made the announcement on June 5. York’s projects were part of a $47.7 million investment, which provides Canadian researchers with the necessary tools to carry out a range of frontier research. The funding supports 234 research projects in Canada.
A complete list of CFI recipients is available on the CFI website.