UPEI researchers in the news, part twelve

Good news for UPEI researchers means good coverage. Here’s a roundup of recent articles about UPEI researchers.

Exciting news last week for UPEI and the Atlantic Veterinary College when  the Hon. Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, announced the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Aquatic Epidemiology at the AVC. Dr. Ian Gardner has been appointed one of only 19 CERCs, at 13 universities in Canada. He joins the AVC’s Centre for Veterinary Epidemiological Research (CVER) – one of the foremost centres for animal-health research in the world.

The Globe and Mail’s story on the announcement included a photo of Dr. Gardner, and quotes from him and Dr. Ian Dohoo, the Director of CVER.

“’It’s really a huge vindication for all the small universities in Canada,’ said Ian Dohoo, a fellow epidemiologist who has known Prof. Gardner for two decades and was key in recruiting him.”

Read the whole story here.

The Globe also mentioned UPEI/AVC’s CERC in an editorial and a column by national affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson.

The Chronicle of Higher Education quoted UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan in its coverage:

"’Ian Gardner, who comes from the University of California at Davis, will concentrate on research that responds to the growing demand for healthy fish from healthy waters,’” he said. “‘It's all about high-quality protein for a hungry planet.’"

CBC News spoke to Dr. Gardner about the team he’s joining:

"I'm excited to be a part of this team. This is a new frontier of science that will make a difference in people's lives. This research deals with the health of our oceans, but is also about what goes on our plate at dinnertime."

Read the full story here.

Dr. Gardner also received mentions in coverage by Maclean’s Paul Wells, and Radio-Canada. More background can be found in this ORD Blog post.

In other exciting news, The Kidney Foundation of Canada just announced $350 000 in research funding to AVC’s Dr. Sunny Hartwig. The funding includes the Krescent New Investigator Award, a competition in which Hartwig placed first in Canada.

Tim Fox, Executive Director of The Kidney Foundation of Canada NB and PEI Branch; Dr. Sunny Hartwig; Dr. Don Reynolds, Dean of the AVC: photo: the GuradianTim Fox, Executive Director of The Kidney Foundation of Canada NB and PEI Branch; Dr. Sunny Hartwig; Dr. Don Reynolds, Dean of the AVC: photo: the Guradian

The Charlottetown Guardian spoke with Dr. Hartwig about her motivation in her research:

“’I think that dialysis patients are very brave people but childhood dialysis patients are probably the bravest kids in the world,’” Hartwig said, choking back tears. “‘Those kids will probably not be able to play baseball or go to ballet class. They probably won’t be able to play tennis or soccer because they’re hooked up to this machine that filters their blood and if they’re in the hospital three or four times a week, their parents are there as well so there’s a huge quality of life issue for the whole family.’”

Read the full story here.

CBC News quoted Dr. Hartwig:

"’I believe we will see a cure for kidney disease within our lifetime,’” Hartwig said. “‘And not just a tool to prevent the disease from developing before birth, but regeneration.

“‘I believe we'll find a way to help diseased kidneys repair themselves. It's an exciting time to be involved in this research.’"

For more information on Dr. Hartwig’s research, read this past ORD Blog post