Research & development
$27 million to be invested in hybrid imaging
LONDON, Ont. – A project that’s
conducting leading-edge research in hybrid imaging techniques will be
expanded significantly, thanks to an award of nearly $13 million by the
federal government’s Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI); another $14
million will be contributed by the private sector, and the Ontario
government is considering a matching grant.
The funding will allow researchers at St. Joseph’s Health Care, London
and Lawson Health Research Institute and its collaborators to invest in
new infrastructure. The hybrid imaging project, according to a news
release, has already produced major discoveries in the areas of
cardiovascular diseases, mental health disorders, cancer and conditions
such as chronic pain and neonatal brain injury.
The successful grant is the result of the joining of two previous
independent CFI awards to the imaging and cancer programs at Lawson, led
by Drs. Frank Prato and Jim Koropatnick respectively, resulting in a
single, cross-disciplinary effort.
Drs. Prato and Koropatnick said the timing of this award is perfect.
“Our current imaging modalities can no longer support the type of
leading-edge research we are proposing. The new infrastructure will
support research in the area of hybrid imaging, which involves combining
different imaging modalities into one platform, improving data
acquisition and patient diagnosis and therapy.”
Lawson’s Scientific Director, Dr. David Hill, said, “The talented team
of researchers involved in this award has been exceptionally productive
and is considered to be the most cohesive and collegial imaging research
team in Canada. This award will ensure that they maintain their
leadership and help put London on the map as the Canadian centre for
“The CFI’s support of cutting-edge research infrastructure over the past
10 years has resulted in breakthroughs that lead to improved quality of
life for Canadians,” said Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of
CFI. “Investments like these have allowed London to become a destination
of choice for some of the world’s top research talent and an important
training environment for the next generation of Canadian researchers.”
The vast majority of the award will support state-of-the-art equipment
at St. Joseph’s Hospital, with the remaining infrastructure going to the
London Regional Cancer Program at London Health Sciences Centre, Robarts
Research Institute, The University of Western Ontario and Sunnybrook
Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. 105 researchers in London, 26
Canadian researchers outside London and 23 from outside Canada will use
this new equipment.
About Lawson Health Research Institute
The Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario, is the research
institute of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care,
London. Lawson is one of the largest hospital-based research institutes
in Canada and is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives by
advancing the knowledge of how to prevent, diagnose and treat disease.
About Canada Foundation for Innovation
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent
corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research
infrastructure. The CFI’s mandate is to strengthen the capacity of
Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit
research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology
development that benefits Canadians.