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Mac researchers score $3.2 million in funding

By Kevin Werner, News Staff

 McMaster University has become a bastion of research that could eventually mean innovative health programs, new green technologies, and a cleaner environment.

To help those professors reach their goals, the provincial government announced $3.2 million in total funding to the university March 28.

“In order for us to compete, we need to be at the top of our game,” said Ted McMeekin, community and social services minister during an announcement of the funding at McMaster University. “We can’t stand still.”

The funding includes $1.5 million from the Early Research fund for 11 researchers that are involved in everything from blood stem investigations to adult literacy. The researchers represent five of McMaster’s six facilities.

They will be funded to a maximum amount of $140,000, with matching funds of $50,000 from the university over the next five years.

The $1.65 million, from the Ontario Research Fund, which goes towards institutions, will assist eight professors in their work that range from anti-bacteria work to solar cell manufacturing.

“This is critical to the success of our researchers,” said McMaster University president Patrick Deane.

He said McMaster’s researchers are leading the way to promote “new ways of thinking” across the spectrum of disciplines from health and green energy to the environment.

“This will improve the quality of life (of people),” said Professor Daria O’Reilly, who spoke on behalf of the researchers.

Her work involves the efficient ways to spent health dollars involving diabetes.

She said the funding will continue “the world-class” environment at McMaster University that has allow researchers to do their work.

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