Cutting-edge Brock researcher awarded federal funding

Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, along with Chris Bittle, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, were pleased to announce $96,000 in research funding to Dr. Michael Holmes, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, at Brock University.

These funds will allow Dr. Holmes to purchase equipment for the Neuromechanics and Ergonomics lab at Brock University, for use in investigating neuromuscular control strategies. This follows Dr. Holmes’ recent appointment as Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Mechanics and Ergonomics.

“Advancements in research and innovation are creating the next generation of jobs for Niagara,” said Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey.  “The ingenuity, talent, and creativity of researchers at Brock University does not stop at the edge of campus, rather, these brilliant minds are finding ways to apply their research to the benefit of the wider community.

“Funding, such as this, is instrumental to ensuring that academic advancements continue to be made, and that these insights can then be applied in a manner that benefits all Canadians,” he said.

St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle said “World Class research is the key to success in any post-secondary institution. It can set one facility apart from the rest. Once again, Brock University is at the forefront of research in Canada.”

“I’m pleased with the consistent performance of the dedicated researchers at Brock who continually earn awards and accolades from peers and government alike,” he said. “In 2015 our government committed to a renewed relationship with those in the research and science fields throughout Canada. Since then, we have put out and open call for a Chief Science Officer, invested heavily in innovation, research and development- and have made lifting our scientists up as a key priority.”

“I enjoy visiting Brock University and witnessing the amazing work they do on a daily basis, and am excited to see how they put these new funds to use,” he said.

The Government of Canada is committed to providing strong support for new research innovation and infrastructure, supporting researchers who tackle issues that matter to the lives of everyday Canadians. The investment was made by the Federal Government through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund. This fund helps universities attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from around the world by giving them access to cutting-edge research tools.

Source – Office of Vance Badawey Member of Parliament, Niagara Centre



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