Province invests in leading-edge research

Ontario is investing in world-class environmental research at The University of Western Ontario with close to $4.6 million to support the work of three research projects and more than 31 scientists.


The research includes creating new technologies to treat hearing disabilities, improve global economic relations and create the next generation of cancer imaging technology.
The funding in London is part of Ontario’s $94 million province-wide investment in world-class research.

Western researchers receiving funding include:

• Prudence Allen, who is receiving almost $2.3 million to develop the next generation of hearing technologies that have higher surgical success rates and that can make difficult-to-hear sounds audible and easier to understand.

• John Whalley, who is receiving close to $1.4 million to conduct economic analysis and identify policy and commercial opportunities that will help Ontario capitalize on the rapid shift in global economic power and activity to Brazil, Russia, India and China. Whalley is a Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation.


• Aaron Fenster, who is receiving almost $980, 000 to research the Imaging Pipeline Platform which is integrating critical components of medical imaging centres of excellence in Ontario. The goal is to accelerate the translation of discovery to clinical uses of techniques for early diagnosis of cancer (The One Millimetre Cancer Challenge), and to support the development and uses of imaging techniques for cancer screening (as a part of the Ontario Health Study), cancer stem cell research and clinical trials. The Platform is developing customized ultrasound probes, computer software and medical instrumentation that can be tested in clinical trails and ultimately integrated into clinical care.

“Research provides benefits critical to the social, health and economic welfare of Ontarians,” says Ted Hewitt, Western’s Vice-President (Research & International Relations).  “We are grateful for the Ministry of Research and Innovation’s continued support through the Ontario Research Fund, which is helping translate new ideas into practical applications more quickly.”

“New discoveries and breakthroughs will continue to be made and we want those people, those ideas, and those jobs right here in London,” says Chris Bentley, MPP London West.