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Innovative Research At Upei Receives $800,000 In Federal Money

Innovative research at UPEI is receiving more than $800,000 in federal assistance.

Funding was announced Wednesday to support research and enhanced service delivery in various disciplines.

Atlantic Veterinary College provides to the equine industry in Atlantic Canada. The new equipment aids in the diagnosis and treatment of lameness, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal conditions in horses.

A second project supports AVC’s regional virology unity through the purchase of innovative diagnostic tools designed to increase animal health within the cattle and hog industries.

The UPEI Marine Natural Products lab is also receiving funding from Ottawa for the purchase of new fermentation equipment to complement existing equipment in the natural products chemistry lab and allow for more in-depth investigations within the lab and increase collaboration opportunities with industry partners in the bioscience sector.

A project in the UPEI chemistry department is getting federal dollars to help purchase specialized equipment that can assist in chemistry analysis. University researchers will collaborate with industry to find potential industrial applications such as coating materials, lubricants and batteries.

“The University of Prince Edward Island has built an impressive reputation of innovation success and academic excellence,’’ says federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay.

“Exploration, discovery, and innovation are key elements of UPEI’s success,’’ adds UPEI president Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz.