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March 2019  | ISSUE No. 52

In this issue:
President's Message | Advances | Announcements | Awards & Honours

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


 

CIFAR and Canada impacting the world

Two years ago, CIFAR launched its second Global Call for Ideas, which invited the global research community to propose new programs that address complex, fundamental questions of importance to the world. Last week, we reached a major milestone in the Global Call when CIFAR’s Board of Directors approved a renewed research portfolio that includes a mix of new and existing programs.


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ADVANCES


 

Designing materials at the quantum scale

As a materials scientist, 2018 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Prineha Narang is acutely conscious of things many of us take for granted. How tiny nanostructures in a butterfly’s wings interact with light to form colour, for example. Or how the astonishing lightness of carbon fiber makes her bicycle so easy to carry up stairs. But fascinated as she is by the properties of existing materials, Narang is even more excited about the ones taking shape in her mind.


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Fast Radio Bursts

Better living through germs

The word “microbe” often calls to mind thoughts of dirt, infection and disease. But microbiologist B. Brett Finlay, co-director of CIFAR’s Humans & the Microbiome program, is determined to change this one-sided view.
 

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Nurse Visits

Orchids and dandelions

In his new book, Thomas Boyce, co-director of CIFAR’s Child & Brain Development Program, explores the differences between two types of children: hardy “dandelions,” whose innate resilience helps them to overcome difficult life challenges; and sensitive “orchids,” whose success in meeting such challenges requires special care, given their emotional and highly perceptive natures.
 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS


CIFAR President and CEO Dr. Alan Bernstein to receive honorary degree from the University of Toronto

Dr. Alan Bernstein, President and CEO of CIFAR, has been offered an honorary degree in recognition of his research excellence and his contributions to medicine, medical research, and education at the local, national and international levels.


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AWARDS


Dame Carol Robinson (Molecular Architecture of Life, Oxford) has been awarded the 2019 Novozymes Prize in recognition of outstanding biotechnological research. She is being honoured for her work in mass spectrometry, a technique that she has used to measure interactions among the human body’s major macromolecules.

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