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Queen's University

Queen's researchers receive Canada Foundation for Innovation funding

Two Queen's researchers have received a total of $470,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and both will use the money to outfit new labs at the university.

School of Kinesiology and Health Studies professor Brendon Gurd Brendon Gurd (School of Kinesiology and Health Studies) received $350,000 for his research looking at the relationship between exercise and insulin resistance for overweight young adults at risk of Type II diabetes. The funds will be used to purchase bio-chemical equipment.

"The funding is essential to the project," says Professor Gurd. "No one else in the building is working on this specific kind of research, so without this funding, the equipment simply wouldn't be here."

Anatomy and Cell Biology professor Chandra Tayade (Anatomy and Cell Biology) has received $120,000 for his research studying the role of specific immune cells during pregnancy, including their development and how they contribute to a successful or failed pregnancy.

"The funds are really, really important," says Professor Tayade. "They will help me buy everything from microscopes to cell separators to incubators to refrigeration units. Funds like this are crucial to having a fully functional facility."

The CFI announced a total of $27,871,219 in new funds to support 118 projects at 32 institutions across Canada. For a complete list of the projects awarded, please visit




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