Dr. Franco Vizeacoumar and co-applicant Dr. Brian Eames awarded Canadian Foundation for Innovation - John R. Evans Leaders Fund Infrastructure Grant
Dr. Franco Vizeacoumar and co-applicant Dr. Brian Eames were awarded a total of $1.26 Million dollars for a High throughput Molecular Imaging Platform through a new CFI Infrastructure grant ($503,729 from CFI). This grant will enable the purchase of a core imager and plate handling system configured with a wide-field fluorescence microscope system capable of automated fluorescence image capture from 96-well and 384-well plates of cells. Funds were also secured for a liquid handling robot, a mechanical bioreactor and an arrayed genome-wide human RNA interference (shRNA) library for systematic individual knockdown of each gene in the human genome.
This will enable high-throughput screens to be carried out to address a number of biological questions in the areas of cancer cell biology and osteoarthritis.