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  • April 04, 2014

Supporting Discoveries and Creating Jobs in Guelph

Ontario Researchers Finding Innovative Solutions to Global Challenges

Ontario is increasing its ability to attract and retain promising and recently-appointed researchers to build teams focused on furthering innovative breakthroughs.

The Ontario Research Fund – Research Infrastructure program is providing support to six researchers to help support infrastructure needs, such as improvements to facilities and equipment as well as promoting partnerships between institutions and industry.

At the University of Guelph, Ontario is providing about $682,000 to support:

  • Professor Kris Inwood, whose study of 1861 Census data will provide detailed insight into Ontario’s population at a critical time in the province’s history.
  • Professor Emma Allen-Vercoe, whose research on microbes in the human digestive system will help promote better overall health for Ontarians.
  • Professor Joseph Lam, whose research on the pathogenesis of lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients will promote improved health for those suffering from infections.
  • Professor Eva Nagy, whose research on infectious diseases and viruses will be used to develop effective vaccines for the province’s poultry industry. 
  • Professor Adronie Verbrugghe, whose work on molecules and metabolism will help develop effective treatments for obesity.
  • Professor Maria Morales, whose research on stress and organizational support will help improve the health and wellbeing of people in the workforce.

Building our knowledge economy is part of the government’s economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario’s greatest strengths – its people and partnerships.


“Ontario is pleased to invest in modern infrastructure and equipment for our ground breaking researchers. Giving our brightest minds access to cutting edge facilities and equipment is absolutely essential in a relentlessly competitive global economy. Innovations and discoveries made by our researchers will draw investment and opportunity to Ontario and build our economic strength and competitive edge for generations to come.”

Liz Sandals, MPP, Guelph

“Ontario is proud to support our cutting edge researchers in Guelph. As a scientist, I know that in order to produce breakthrough research, one needs the innovative tools and infrastructure to get the job done. We are proud to partner with local facilities to build research excellence and amplify job creation and economic growth in Guelph and across Ontario.”

—   Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation

“At the University of Guelph, we are extremely proud of our reputation as one of Canada's top universities. We are committed to nurturing a culture of diversity, creativity, discovery and innovation and to focusing on strategic partnerships and collaboration as a means of building better lives for people in Ontario, across Canada and around the globe.”

—   John Livernois, Associate Vice-President, Research Services, University of Guelph


  • The Ontario Research Fund’s Research Infrastructure program is providing almost
    $17 million to 74 projects at 19 research institutions across the province.
  • The program helps promising researchers benefit from modern infrastructure and equipment and drive the province’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest talent focused on developing innovative solutions to global challenges.


Find out how to apply for the Ontario Research Fund – Research Infrastructure program.

For more information, Contact:

Jenny Waterston

Office of Liz Sandals, MPP

(519) 836-4190

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