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The University of Ottawa receives $1.7 million from the Ontario Research Fund

October 19, 2006

October 19, 2006 — The University of Ottawa is proud to announce that 17
researchers have received grants from the Ministry of Research and
Innovation’s Ontario Research Fund to remain at the leading-edge of research
in their fields. The grants allow professors to acquire infrastructure
necessary to keep promoting excellence.

Here are a few uOttawa researchers supported by the Ontario Research Fund:

Stéphane Aris-Brosou, Department of Biology

Stéphane Aris-Brosou will establish a computing facility in the Department
Biology to develop realistic models of molecular evolution, test them by
means of extensive simulations and apply these models to the analysis of
genome-scale data. The new computer cluster will contribute to foster an
economically viable industry in bioinformatics.

Martin Bilodeau, School of Rehabilitation Sciences

Martin Bilodeau is establishing a state-of-the-art research facility to
study normal age-related changes in the neuromuscular system as well as the
impact of these changes on movement and functional capacities. The research
will help to minimize the time rehabilitation professionals spend with their
clients, while maximizing the benefits of interventions and decreasing the
overall health-care delivery costs to society.

Alain Stinzi, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology

Alain Stintzi’s research focuses on food borne pathogens and the resulting
gastrointestinal diseases. Specifically, his research seeks to understand
how these microbes colonize the host gastrointestinal tract by studying the
dynamic interactions among the different components of the gut environment
and the invading pathogens.

Shervin Shirmohammadi, SITE

With his Collaborative Virtual Presence project, Shervin Shirmohammadi is
trying to give the impression to its users that they "exist" in the same
virtual or real location. Users will be able to interact with each other and
with shared objects as in the real world, even though they are in different



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