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March 15, 2013

Two SickKids Researchers Honoured with Canada Research Chairs

On March 15, 2013, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) awarded 120 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs including Dr. Lynne Howell, Head and Senior Scientist in Molecular Structure & Function, and Dr. Michael Wilson, Scientist in Genetics & Genome Biology, at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

“The Canada Research Chairs are driving innovation, addressing health, environmental and social issues, and spurring economic growth—all of which serve to improve the lives of Canadians,” says Goodyear.

Howell, also a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto, was renewed as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Structural Biology. Her research interests include investigating the three-dimensional structure of a protein and its interaction with its protein-partners in order to begin to understand its cellular function at the molecular level.

Wilson, an Assistant Professor in Molecular Genetics also at the University of Toronto has research interests in functional genomics. His research activity surrounds characterizing the role that regulatory DNA sequence plays in childhood diseases using comparative genomics, bioinformatics and developmental biology. Wilson holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Comparative Genomics.

Launched in 2000, the Canada Research Chairs program allows chairholders to continue conducting important research that will have a large impact in their respective fields. Today’s investment of more than $90 million was made in support of the 120 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs working in universities across the country, creating jobs and economic growth by fostering new talent, innovation and ideas across Canada.