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Nature trumpets Ontario’s $100-million investment

May 22, 2009

Investment may stem looming brain drain in Ontario“, says leading international journal Nature. The article appears in the jobs and recruiting section of the journal, and places the Ontario announcement of $100-million for genomics research in the context of recent federal funding cuts.

The article suggests the funds will be used to retain talent that might otherwise be tempted south of the border by recent developments. Tom Hudson, president and scientific director of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, is quoted: “With the mega-stimulus package down south [in the United States], scientists that are not finding the opportunity to build their careers or support their teams are going to look at opportunities south of the border“.  But Tom Wilkinson, Ontario Minister Research and Innovation, suggests the fund will help keep scientists in the province.

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