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Research projects at UBC Okanagan get funding boost

FILE PHOTO - UBC researcher Keekyoung Kim (left) works in his lab with UBC student Zongjie Wang.
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October 28, 2016 - 2:30 PM

KELOWNA - Twenty-two UBC research projects, including seven at UBCO, in a number of disciplines ranging from scientific, medical, sustainability, agriculture, electronics and more are getting a helping hand from the province.

The province announced today, Oct. 28, more than $3.4 million in funding through the B.C. Knowledge Development Fund will be allotted to UBC research projects.

Research projects like cancer screening technologies, improved treatment and mitigation of diseases that impair brain function, examining natural gas processing and outcomes leading to more sustainable, healthy crops, are now possible with the new funding, according to a B.C. Government media release.

Money will also be put toward establishing labs to aid in decision making during wildfire season and to integrate renewable energy source with B.C.'s power grid.

The province says in the release the investments are "geared to attract and retain world-class research and innovation talent in B.C."

"UBC prides itself in ranking as one of the world's top research universities and our ability to attract the highest-calibre research faculty and students. This funding will help launch 22 unique research initiatives that will investigate subjects ranging from improving cancer detection to innovation in the natural gas sector," Santa Ono, UBC president says in the release.

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