PhD student and researcher Yueqin Zhou (right) in the lab with Geoff Hicks (centre) and Songyan Liu (left), both of the regenerative medicine program — she helped find a gene related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) that helps to slow down the progression of the disease.

PhD student and researcher Yueqin Zhou (right) in the lab with Geoff Hicks (centre) and Songyan Liu (left), both of the regenerative medicine program — she helped find a gene related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) that helps to slow down the progression of the disease.

Strategic research plan launched

The University of Manitoba has identified key research areas in a new Strategic Research Plan (SRP), which was approved by Senate in late 2014. The 16-month process to create the plan was launched in September 2013 by the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International).

UM Today spoke with Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international), about the areas that have been identified and the process of arriving at the plan. Both broader thematic areas and key signature areas were identified through the process. Vice-President Jayas indicated that SRP was developed through extensive consultations with the university’s faculties and schools and the research community. The intent of the plan is to provide focus to the university’s overall research strategy in the next five years and to ensure that our university meets the requirement of many major funding initiatives.

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