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The University of Manitoba Bulletin

September 9, 1999

Provincial government injects $11 million into medical funding

An n injection of nearly $11 million from the provincial government has researchers at the University of Manitoba smiling ear to ear.

"This allows me to do my dream research," said Andrew Halayko, physiology/ internal medicine.

Premier Gary Filmon made the announcement on August 13 in Halayko's up-and-coming lab, located on the Bannatyne campus. Halayko, a recent recipient of the Canada Foundation for innovation's New Opportunities funding, is investigating the fundamental mechanisms of asthma causes as well as designing new therapies.

"This funding allows me to step into a new lab and do research at a level which is competitive with labs that have been established for years," he said, adding that knowing about the province's decision to commit matching dollars for New Opportunities funding played a large role in his decision to return to the U of M.

Joanne Keselman, vice-president (research), is pleased with the province's announcement because it means medical researchers will have access to crucial equipment with which they can battle diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's disease through molecular medicine and gene therapy.

"It is clear that to remain competitive in today's medical research environment, the presence of a modern, state-of-the-art transgenic animal facility is critical. Currently, the inadequate infrastructure is seriously hampering the ability of these researchers to maintain their national and international competitiveness," she said.

With matching funding from the federal government and other sources, the provincial funding is expected to leverage a total research investment of more than $26 million over five years. Filmon told the crowd of researchers and other CFI recipients that the projects will create more than 800 jobs in the province while helping Manitoba attract and retain some of the world's most innovative and productive scientists, particularly in the area of medical research.

Premier Gary Filmon looks over lab plans with the U of M's Andrew Halayko, physiology/internal medicine.
"This is an important investment in our research infrastructure because it supports the innovative individuals who contribute to our international reputation for excellence and makes the province even more attractive to medical researchers. Support for leading-edge research helps us attract and retain the best minds in the country, which in turn attracts more research activity and the economic benefits that go with it," he said.

Government support from the Manitoba Innovation Fund will help finance a new medical research facility and several research projects:


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