1. To train Canada’s leaders in the study of membrane proteins.
2. To develop a cohort of Canadian researchers comfortable on the world stage, with a world-view of research and world class standards for research excellence.
3. To train students to be leaders in academia, biotechnology, pharmaceutical industry or intellectual property management.
4. To foster a group of researchers with international contacts in medical research, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
5. To enhance international cooperation in research, in particular with Germany.
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has awarded our group with a training program grant as part of the NSERC CREATE program. The $1.6 million investment from NSERC will fund a collaborative training program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, which will run 2012-2018. Highlights of the program include collaborative visits to our German partners for three to six months, and visits to industrial partners. The training takes place in the labs of the Membrane Protein Disease Research Group (MPDRG), University of Alberta.