McMaster awarded three more Canada Research Chairs

By Chantall Van Raay, June 26, 2002

Three new Canada Research Chairs have been awarded to McMaster University, bringing the University's total number of chairs to 33.

McMaster will receive $4.2 million from the CRC program over the next seven years to support the work of world-class researchers Paul Higgs(physics) Manel Jordana(respiration), and Tamas Terlaky (industrial engineering).

Jordana, who will hold the Canada Research Chair in Immune Biology of Respiratory Disease and Allergy, is a professor of pathology and molecular medicine at McMaster.

Terlaky, a professor in computing & software engineering, will be Canada Research Chair in Optimization.

Higgs, from the University of Manchester in the UK, recently accepted a tenured position in McMaster's Department of Physics & Astronomy. He will hold the title Canada Research Chair in Biophysics.

CFI announced $101.4 million in funding yesterday to establish 95 new Canada Research Chairs at 31 universities across the country. The program, established in the Government of Canada's 2000 budget, boosts research in such areas as medicine, biochemistry and artificial intelligence.

Since the program's establishment, McMaster has received $35.4 million in funding.

The government also announced $98 million to support infrastructure costs, such as buying new equipment, improving laboratories and building new facilities. Of this, Higgs received $114,290 to establish a laboratory for computational for biophysics and bioinformatics. Jordana was awarded $107,247 for a chair in immunobiology of respiratory diseases and allergy.