The Canadian Government is putting its money where its mouth is (with regards to investing in science). Today, Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, revealed the first 4 recipients of the Canada150 Research Chairs – a program designed to recruit leading scientists from other countries to Canada. The first 4 are:

  • Donna Rose Addis, PhD, will receive $350,000/year as the Canada 150 Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Aging. She is going to the University of Toronto from the University of Auckland
  • Caroline Colijn, PhD, will get $350,000/year as the Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematics for Infection, Evolution and Public Health. She is going to Simon Fraser University from Imperial College London
  • Miguel Ramalho-Santos, PhD, will receive $350,000/year as the Canada 150 Research Chair in Developmental Epigenetics. He is going to the University of Toronto from the University of California, San Francisco
  • Margo Seltzer, PhD, will get $1 million/ year as the Canada 150 Research Chair in Computer Systems. She is going to The University of British Columbia from Harvard University.

The $117.6 million Canada 150 Research Chairs Program is designed to attract the world’s most talented researchers and scholars to Canada. They will receive either $350,000 or $1 million per year for 7 years.