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La quantique : un monde de possibilités
À partir des théories d’Einstein et de ses contemporains, les physiciens quantiques d’aujourd’hui étudient les propriétés singulières des particules subatomiques pour faire progresser notre connaissance de l’univers et préparer une nouvelle révolution technologique. Grâce à des applications dans des domaines comme l’informatique, la pharmacologie, l’énergie propre et bien d’autres encore, la science quantique recèle un potentiel énorme de rupture technologique. Découvrez les technologies...
The Solace of Quantum
Building on the theories of Einstein and his contemporaries, today’s quantum physicists investigate the unique properties of sub-atomic particles, aiming to deepen our knowledge of the universe, and to usher in a new technological revolution. With applications in fields including computer science, pharmacology, clean energy, and many more, quantum science holds tremendous potential for innovative disruption. Learn more about emerging quantum technologies in this podcast featuring Dr....
Sight for Sore Eyes
Twenty years ago, University of Waterloo Optometry and Vision Science Professor Trefford Simpson began researching the nerves on the surface of the human eye, using a specialized machine called the pneumatic esthesiometer. In this podcast, he shares the insights gained over two decades of research, and discusses the elusive goal of modern lens-makers: to create a comfortable contact lens.
Dr. Michael Houghton's 30-year quest to cure Hepatitis C
Dr. Houghton's discovery of the Hepatitis C virus in 1989 - along with colleagues Qui-Lim Choo and George Kuo - led to blood screening tests that have protected tens of millions of people from contracting the disease. In this podcast, Dr. Houghton discusses the scope of HepC infection worldwide, describes his discovery of the virus, and explains his current search for a vaccine that could help fulfil the WHO's target of eradicating HepC by 2030.
Dealing with mercury in food
At the Université de Montréal, Catherine Girard analyzes gut bacteria to understand the impacts of mercury in the human body. She is particularly interested in how mercury interacts with traditional foods in the North and the health impacts it has on those living there. Her PhD project has taken her to Resolute Bay, a remote hamlet in Nunavut, where she collects samples from the local Inuit population. In Montreal, she works in two CFI-funded biology labs and uses a gut simulator to...
Our origin story - PART 6: The way forward
In the 2017 Federal Budget, the word “innovation” appeared 262 times. Innovation's future as a buzzword is secure but in this episode, CFI President & CEO Gilles Patry and Board Chair Kevin Smith look at what innovation in Canada looks like today. They also comment on what needs to be done to ensure Canadian research continues to thrive.
Episode five: A new research strategy for Canada
To help reverse the brain drain that plagued Canada's research community in the 1990s, the newly established Canada Foundation for Innovation started outfitting Canadian universities with the state-of-the-art research infrastructure they sorely needed. But it would take more than funding a couple of new microscopes here and there — the CFI would need to turn the current system on its head to get the job done.
Our origin story - PART 4: An idea becomes reality
The new Canada Foundation for Innovation begins to assemble a talented team that charts an exciting course for the organization, but must also address opposition from Quebec. Researchers try to adjust to a new “mind blowing” way of doing research. And…the Queen is not amused by the CFI’s early success.
Our origin story - PART 3: The idea of CFI is born
The Liberal government suddenly finds itself facing a budget surplus for the first time in decades. Researchers, university presidents, government officials in the department of Finance and the PMO work on a plan to support research through an independent foundation that will invest in the cutting-edge labs and equipment researchers need.
Our origin story - PART 2: An unexpected opportunity
The Liberal government cuts spending across government so deeply, even Finance Minister Paul Martin faces a crisis of confidence. At the same time, university presidents try to convince Minister Martin that research in Canada is in serious trouble…and they offer an intriguing solution.
Our origin story - PART 1: Fiscal Armageddon
When the Wall Street Journal calls Canada the “Banana Republic of the North”, Jean Chrétien and his new Liberal government prepare to take dramatic action to control the deficit. This threatens to make a difficult situation even worse for Canadian researchers.
Our origin story - PROMO - Canada is the "Banana Republic of the North"
In this excerpt, former Deputy Minister of Finance Scott Clarke describes former Prime Minister Jean Chretien's reaction to a Wall Street Journal article in the late 1990s that called Canada the "Banana Republic of the North." This is a promo clip for the upcoming release of "Our origin story", a new four-part podcast series that traces the Canada Foundation for Innovation's unlikely origin story.
Our origin story - TRAILER
Two decades ago Canada’s federal government was struggling to contain a deficit that, in the words of one top finance official, was pulling the country towards "fiscal Armageddon." And yet, this was the moment when the government decided to make historic investments in research infrastructure. The creation of the Canada Foundation for Innovation was a game-changer for research in Canada. But how did it come to be? This podcast series tells this story through extensive interviews with key...