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ExcelleNCE Newsletter

May 2011 – Volume 2, Issue 1

Government of Canada supports new research opportunities for Canadian businesses

Government of Canada supports new research opportunities for Canadian businesses

On February 24, 2011, Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced that two Networks of Centres of Excellence —MITACS-Accelerate and AUTO21— have been selected from the 2011 Industrial Research and Development Internships competition to deliver the internship program. Together, they will be awarded a total of $34.4 million over five years to provide 1,000 internships each year in private sector firms.

1st Canadian Summit on Weight Bias and Discrimination an Eye Opener

1st Canadian Summit on Weight Bias and Discrimination an Eye Opener

The Canadian Obesity Network (CON-RCO), one of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence, is playing a lead role in raising awareness about the issue of weight bias and discrimination. The 1st Canadian Summit on Weight Bias and Discrimination, which was held in Toronto in January, was a major step in that process.

Financial Barriers May Increase Emergency Room Visits for
Children with Asthma

Financial Barriers May Increase Emergency Room Visits for

A new Canadian study, led by an AllerGen Networks of Centres of Excellence investigator, reveals that financial barriers — in the form of sharing asthma medication costs between insurers and families — are contributing to poor asthma control in children.

Stroke Patients More Likely to Die If Hospitalized on a Weekend

Stroke Patients More Likely to Die If Hospitalized on a Weekend

People admitted to the hospital on a weekend after a stroke are more likely to die compared with people admitted on a weekday, regardless of the severity of the stroke they experience, concludes a study supported by the Canadian Stroke Network, part of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence program.

New Program Creates Geomatics Jobs in Alberta

TECTERRA recently launched the GEO-Placement Funding Program, a province-wide program that helps Alberta-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the geomatics industry hire new highly qualified personnel to advance the development and commercialization of geomatics in Alberta.

Investing in Automotive R&D Pays Off for Canada

Recent investments in automotive R&D by the Government of Canada and the nation’s automotive sector have generated more than $1.1 billion in estimated economic and social benefits for Canada. This is one of the findings of a recent assessment of the AUTO 21 Network of Centres of Excellence.

Canadian Water Network Researcher Awarded Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology

Dr. Karen Bakker of the University of British Columbia has been awarded a five-year Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology, which began on January 1, 2011. This achievement reflects the endorsement of both the University of British Columbia and Dr. Bakker’s academic peers for her outstanding scholarly career.

Canadian Neuroscientists and Computer Scientists Join Forces to Treat Children with Brain Disorders

This link will take you to another Web site NeuroDevNet and This link will take you to another Web site GRAND have committed $500,000 over two years to fund brain research for children in Canada. Researchers from the two centres, which are part of the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program, will explore how video game technologies can diagnose and treat children with brain disorders such as cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Global Healthcare Company Licenses a Drug Delivery Technology Developed by UBC and the Centre for Drug Research and Development

In November 2010, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), an NCE Centre of Excellence in Commercialization in Research, announced that Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products, had licensed an innovative drug-delivery platform technology invented by UBC researcher, Dr. Pieter Cullis.

A Single Drop of Blood Could Detect the Risk of Serious Disease

The recently acquired mass spectrometer at the Genome BC Proteomics Centre at the University of Victoria offers the promise to revolutionize the clinical identification of the risk of cardiovascular disease, and perhaps scores of other common ailments wherever organs fail.

Dr. Nicholas Chrisman appointed to a Panel by National Academy of Sciences, USA

Quebec City - May 4, 2011 – Dr. Chrisman has been invited to be a member of a Panel reporting to the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council (United States). The first meeting was held in Washington DC on April 14-15, 2011. The major focus of the panel is to assess and provide recommendations regarding the need for revised, refocused, and newly developed indicators designed to better reflect fundamental and rapid changes that are reshaping global science, technology and innovation systems. This is a two-year process, with results expected to set policy for National Science Foundation - and perhaps having an impact worldwide.


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Grants to Five New Centres to Speed Canadian Innovations to the Global Marketplace

On December 6, 2010, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, announced five new recipients of grants under the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program. This investment of $61.1 million over five years will create jobs and help to foster environments where researchers are able to commercialize their findings to the benefit of Canadians. The five new centres include the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (Bromont, Quebec), the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (Toronto, Ontario), the Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization (London, Ontario), Leading Operational Observations and Knowledge for the North (St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador) and the Wavefront Wireless Commercialization Centre (Vancouver, British Columbia). These centres will support microelectronic businesses, regenerative medicine technologies, medical imaging innovations, monitoring technologies used in Canada’s North, and the wireless industry, respectively.

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Link to five centres

Five Small- and Medium-Size Enterprise Projects Approved

A portion of the Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) funding is earmarked to increase the involvement of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in research and commercialization activities. 

The goal of the BL-NCE program is to fund large-scale collaborative networks to perform research to support private sector innovation in order to deliver economic, health, social and environmental benefits to Canadians and to encourage an Entrepreneurial Advantage.

In response to a 2010 NCE Secretariat call for proposals, two of the four existing BL-NCE — Consortium Quebecois sur la Decouverte du Medicament (CQDM) and Green Aviation Research & Development Network (GARDN) — submitted a total of seven projects for funding.

In October 2010, the Private Sector Advisory Board recommended that NCE Steering Committee fund five of the proposed projects for a total of $1.4 million.

Networks of Centres of Excellence 2009/10 Annual Report

The 2009/10 Annual Report of Networks of Centres of Excellence highlights the continued efforts of the NCE and its research partners to bring practical solutions to Canadians quickly. This year’s report is available on-line in an easy to navigate format, allowing readers to access the 2009/10 information in a fast and efficient manner.

Networks of Centres of Excellence 2009/10 Annual Report

Highlights of Innovation 2010

The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), ACCT Canada, and Federal Partners in Technology Transfer (FPTT) held the first national joint conference on innovation and competitiveness in Canada.

Innovation 2010, a groundbreaking conference, took place December 5 to 7, 2010, in Ottawa.

Canadian leaders from publicly funded research organizations and private enterprises gathered at this conference for the express purpose of building the next generation of partnerships, networks and tools to accelerate knowledge mobilization and commercialization of innovation for the benefit of Canadians.

The opportunity to network and attend several forums to discuss critical issues, such as product incubation, technology transfer and knowledge mobilization, allowed the various stakeholders in the Networks of Centres of Excellence to learn more about their common challenges and share strategic solutions.

Important News from the Canadian Stroke Network

The Canadian Stroke Network has re-launched its popular This link will take you to another Web site website. In addition to English and French, the website is now available in Mandarin, the third most prevalent language in Canada. The Chinese community requested the translation, expanding access to this website’s valuable information to Canada’s large Chinese population.

Want to make lower sodium food choices? Well there’s and app for that!

The Canadian Stroke Network is excited to announce the launch of Sodium 101 for iPhone.  Designed to help users stay within their daily recommended sodium intake, the This link will take you to another Web site Sodium 101 iPhone App is free for download on the iPhone App Store.
More big news!

In December 2010, the Canadian Stroke Network launched the first web-based Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care. In the first three months, there were more than 800,000 hits. The This link will take you to another Web site website is getting attention from all over the world.

The Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information works to develop valuable data standards

The NCE Secretariat hopes to expand its role in the activities of the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI).  A member since 2008, the NCE Secretariat is encouraging grantee NCE networks and centres to join CASRAI through the NCE Associate Cluster and be part of this important harmonization process.

CASRAI is a not-for-profit organization that provides a forum and mechanisms required to standardize the data that researchers, their institutions and their funders must exchange throughout the life cycle of research activity. These data standards are developed and maintained under the direction of subject matter experts from member organizations through standards committees and review circles. The four main areas of focus are research personnel standards, activity standards, impact standards and classification standards.
CASRAI’s goals are to save researchers time in the application and reporting processes; improve access by institutions and funders to quality data; and simplify the measurement of research impacts.  For example, CASRAI envisions research teams maintaining a single authoritative file on their activities and being able to quickly produce, without duplicate effort, any documents needed by any funders and institutions from this single source file.

Membership in CASRAI is growing and includes the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ministry of Research and Innovation (Ontario), Fonds de la recherche santé (Quebec), and Alberta Innovates — Health Solutions. And many NCE grantees are in the process of joining through the NCE Associate Cluster.

By joining CASRAI, networks and centres benefit from the work CASRAI has already accomplished and have the opportunity to play a valuable role on the CASRAI committees developing future data standards.

The This link will take you to another Web site CASRAI website provides details on the organization and its work.

For information on how to join the NCE Secretariat Cluster contact:

Sorin Seruna
Telephone: 613-944-7531


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