Buckingham named Banting fellow

University of Western Ontario postdoctoral scholar Gavin Buckingham has been awarded a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship for his project, Visual substitution for lost haptics during skilled object lifting. Buckingham, a Department of Psychology postdoctoral fellow in the Centre for Brain and Mind, was among 70 recipients today.

These awards are given to top post-doctoral researchers from across the country and around the globe whose work contributes to Canada’s economic and social growth.

“Research powers Canada’s economy,” Susan Truppe, MP for London North Centre, says. “Our government’s investment in research excellence and leadership through the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships is helping to develop, attract and retain the world’s top researchers, who will make substantial contributions to Canada’s long-term prosperity and quality of life.”

Announced by Prime Minister Harper in July 2010, the five-year, $45‑million program will award 70 new fellowships each year, each valued at $70,000 annually for two years. The program builds on the success of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program, Canada Research Chairs program and the Canada Excellence Research Chairs program.

The funding is delivered through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The fellowships are named in memory of Sir Frederick Banting, the Canadian physician, researcher, Nobel laureate and war hero who, together with his assistant Dr. Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin.

Please visit the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships website for more information on the inaugural fellowship winners.