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University of Prince Edward Island Receives $2.3 million in CFI Funding for Aquatic Research

Media Release, Charlottetown, PEI, November 27, 2006

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) received more than $2.3 million in Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funding in an announcement made earlier today in Ontario. "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 the University of Prince Edward Island to become a destination of choice for some of the world's top research talent." Today's funding will support research taking place at UPEI's Atlantic Veterinary College and Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences. Led by Dr. Larry Hammell, the Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences has propelled the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI forward as a world leader in aquatic health research, service, and education due to its unique spectrum of interaction among science disciplines, food animal producers, and health service providers. This funding will enable Dr. Hammell and the AVC research team to further basic and applied research that is fundamental to the development of disease models, surveillance, and management for economically important species of finfish, mollusc, and crustacean aquaculture in Canada. "For Dr. Hammell and his AVC team to receive more than $2.3 million from CFI, in a highly competitive process, is unmistakable evidence that they are world leaders in aquatic health research," said UPEI president Wade MacLauchlan. "With this significant investment of public resources, it is even more attractive for private donors to leverage their contributions toward research, students, capital and equipment." Funding for this project comes from CFI's newly established New Initiatives Fund (NIF), designed to enhance Canada's capacity in promising new areas of research and technology development. In total, CFI announced support for 86 projects at 35 institutions across the country during a media conference held at the University of Waterloo earlier today. A complete list of projects funded today can be found at the CFI website. 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. The University of Prince Edward Island is ranked number one in Canada among primarily undergraduate universities for award winning faculty. The University is dedicated to providing students with a top quality education and educational experience to prepare them for successful futures. PEI's bioscience cluster is centered around UPEI which, through its commitment to research and development, brings together academic institutions, government, industry, and research institutions to collaboratively develop technologies and products related to bioactive compounds and their application to human, animal and fish health and nutrition. For further information, please contact: Charlotte McCardle, External Relations, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, (902) 566-0533 or Angus McKinnon, Coordinator, Media Relations, Canada Foundation for Innovation, (613) 996-316.

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