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June 18, 2009

SickKids receives over $6.4 million dollars in CFI funding to support leading researchers

TORONTO – Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto, welcomed the $6,476,707 investment announced today by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). This funding will advance two innovative projects led by SickKids scientists.

“Today’s CFI announcement is significant, as it will maintain our position as one of the leading paediatric research institutes and centres for human genome research in the world. It will also facilitate the development of revolutionary minimally-invasive surgical technology for the benefit of children’s health,” says Rossant.

Dr. Stephen Scherer, Senior Scientist in Genetics & Genome Biology and Director of The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG) at SickKids and Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto, has been awarded over $4.2 million dollars from CFI to be invested in SickKids-based TCAG (www.tcag.ca). The funding will catalyze TCAG's growth as one of the leading human genome centres in the world, performing pioneering research in disease gene discovery. In addition, Scherer’s team plans to expand their seminal work studying copy number variation and personalized genome sequencing and their applications in genomic medicine.

Dr. Peter Kim, Associate Scientist in Developmental & Stem Cell Biology and General Surgeon at SickKids and Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto, will receive $2.2 million in support of the establishment of the Centre for Image-Guided Innovation and Therapeutic Intervention (CIGITI) (www.cigiti.com) at SickKids. Kim’s team is developing three new innovative technologies with paediatric and fetal applications: minimally-invasive endoscopic manipulators, a natural orifice anastomotic device and magnetic resonance-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound. This new award builds on the team’s ongoing and groundbreaking work at the Center for Computer-Assisted Innovation and Intervention (CCAII) at SickKids on smart medical tools, imaging and simulation development.

Another project receiving funding today is led by Rossant herself. This joint project with scientists at the University of Toronto and McMaster University will provide support to a disease-specific induced Pluripotent Stem cell (iPS) biobank database.

“The CFI’s support of cutting-edge research infrastructure has transformed Canada’s research landscape and increased the country’s international competitiveness,” said Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI. “Investments like these have allowed SickKids to become a destination of choice for some of the world’s top research talent.”

Funding for these projects is part of a national $666,128,376 investment supporting 133 projects at 41 institutions across the country.

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), affiliated with the University of Toronto, is Canada’s most research-intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children’s health in the country. As innovators in child health, SickKids improves the health of children by integrating care, research and teaching. Our mission is to provide the best in complex and specialized care by creating scientific and clinical advancements, sharing our knowledge and expertise and championing the development of an accessible, comprehensive and sustainable child health system. For more information, please visit www.sickkids.ca. SickKids is committed to healthier children for a better world.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI’s mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians.

For more information, please contact:

Matet Nebres
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone: 416-813-6380
email: matet.nebres@sickkids.ca

Suzanne Gold
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 2059
email: suzanne.gold@sickkids.ca