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About SickKids

May 25, 2007

Ciruna appointed Canada Research Chair

The May 23rd national announcement of new Canada Research Chairs puts the spotlight on SickKids Scientist Brian Ciruna, who was appointed Canada Research Chair in Developmental Genetics and Cell Biology. Dr. Ciruna's research is furthering our understanding of the mechanisms of early development. His research team uses zebrafish--a fish that children might use to neutralize their aquariums--to gain insight into how aberrations in cell signaling contribute to congenital malformations and diseases such as Spina Bifida.

The Canada Research Chairs program is part of a strategy to position Canada as one of the top five countries in the world for research and development. According to Colin Carrie, parliamentary secretary to the Honourable Maxime Bernier, minister of Industry and minister responsible for the program, CRCs are an investment in "promising researchers who turn ideas and innovations into practical and commercial applications for the benefit of all Canadians."

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