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Researchers awarded $850,000 for five projects


Queen’s University researchers have received $848,828 from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for five projects that range from studying how drugs are dispersed through the body to finding a better way to assess the condition of Canada's deteriorating infrastructure.

Susan Cole (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) leads a team that received $400,000 to purchase a state-of-the-art mass spectrometer that will be housed in Chernoff Hall and managed by the newly formed Queen’s Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Unit (QMSPU).

Civl Engineering professor Neil Hoult.

“We will be purchasing a machine that will be the envy of other universities and an important instrument for a significant number of Queen’s researchers,” says Dr. Cole, who is also Queen’s Deputy Provost.

Tom Massey (Pharmacology and Toxicology) and Richard Oleschuk (Chemistry) were co-lead investigators with Dr. Cole on the grant proposal. All three will use the new machine with various projects.

Dr. Cole researches drug resistance and how drugs are distributed within the body, focusing on what proteins are key to regulating those processes.

“Two individuals can respond very differently to the same drug. We want to know how drugs interact with proteins that carry the drugs into and out of cells. These transporter proteins are much larger than the drugs they carry so we’d like to know where these drugs bind on the proteins – that’s a key question we’ve been trying to address by other, non-direct methodologies. This new machine will allow us to obtain direct evidence that is extremely precise,” says Dr. Cole.

Neil Hoult (Civil Engineering) received $130,000 for researching technology to help infrastructure managers better access the condition of Canada's deteriorating bridges, culverts and buildings.

“I'm very excited to get this funding. I will be able to purchase equipment and develop facilities at Queen’s that will be unique within Canada in terms of civil infrastructure research,” says Dr. Hoult.

Mechanical and Materials Engineering professor Zhongwen Yao.

Zhongwen Yao (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) was awarded $125,000 to study the irradiation degradation of nuclear materials. His research could lead to the development of future nuclear materials for clean nuclear energy.

“I am quite happy to see the CFI fund continuously invest in Queen's nuclear research program,” says Dr. Yao.

Li Qingguo (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) received $150,000 for bio-mechatronics research and a robotics laboratory, and Douglas Moore (School of Kinesiology and Health Studies received $43,828 to research socio-economic status, social networks and cardiovascular disease.

For more information, see the CFI website.

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