UNB receives federal funding for cutting-edge research

The University of New Brunswick is receiving $150,000 in funding to purchase a new state-of-the-art confocal microscope.

Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan was in Fredericton on Tuesday to announce the recipients of the 2017 Canada Foundation for Innovation's John R. Evans Leaders Fund awards.

The microscope will allow researchers to observe – in 3-D and in real time – how cells grow, change shape and move through tissue.

Dr. Bryan Crawford, an associate professor of biology at UNB and one of three co-applicants, said the state-of-the-art equipment is vital to their research.

"This helps to shed light on issues around ageing processes and how diseases grow and move throughout our bodies," he said.

Dr. Eddy Campbell, president and vice-chancellor of UNB, said the funding will help to improve UNB's growing research capacity.

"The University of New Brunswick is a regional and national leader in research and innovation," said Campbell. "The John R. Evans Leaders Fund significantly enhances our research capacity and enriches the UNB student experience."

More than 220 projects at 39 universities across the country will receive research funding through the fund in 2017.