Next Generation of the PEI economy
Monday, March 27, 2006
Its a glimpse into the Next Generation of the PEI economy, as the first meeting of the founding Board of the Prince Edward Island

BioAlliance was held this week in Charlottetown. The BioAlliance is a newly-incorporated not-for-profit organization dedicated to building the PEI economy through bioscience products and services.

The BioAlliance brings together local bioscience-based businesses, research and academic organizations, and government agencies to create the right conditions for job creation, retention and economic growth.

This is Prince Edward Islands bridge to the new economy, said Rory Francis, Executive Director of the BioAlliance. We all recognize the limits of our natural resource base to further expand our economy.

Groundbreaking for new Atlantic Veterinary College Expansion
Monday, March 27, 2006
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE): Today, the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) of the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) breaks ground for a $32-million expansion and renovation project. The largest part of the funding, $18 million, is from the federal government through a national commitment to Canadas four veterinary colleges. This funding was secured through a cooperative effort amongst Canadas four Veterinary Colleges working in full collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

UPEI Records Strong Growth in Research and Development Funding
Monday, March 27, 2006

November 29, 2005

A report released today by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) compliments Atlantic Canada universities on the good work they are doing in research and development. The report, Research and Development Funding in Atlantic Canada, examines regional trends in R&D funding.

The report indicates that in PEI, total private and public sector expenditures on research and development more than doubled between 1995 and 2002, increasing by 131 per cent from $13 million to $30 million. Read more . . .

New State-of-the-Art Greenhouse Enhances Wild Rose Research at UPEI
Monday, March 27, 2006
A new state-of-the-art greenhouse - a key component for the Atlantic Canada Network on Bioactive Compounds (ACNBC), was recently opened at the University of Prince Edward Island. The ACNBC, which investigates the health benefits of wild rosehips and wild blueberries, is a pan-Atlantic collaboration of independent researchers, universities, industry, and government agencies, centered within the Faculty of Science at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI).

The overall objective of the project is to determine which strain of wild roses produces the most chemically valuable rosehips and, then, how farmers can grow these most efficiently. These antioxidant-based fruits, like wild blueberries are linked to the prevention and treatment of certain diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Read more . . .

New Course in Bioinformatics Merges Computer Science and Biology
Monday, March 27, 2006
UPEI is offering a new course in bioinformatics, developed by Dr. Yingwei Wang of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology. It will be offered for the first time in the Winter semester, 2006. Bioinformatics merges computer science with molecular biology. Specifically, it is the use of computers to compile, analyze, and present vast amounts of biological data.

The introduction of this new course is timely. Bioinformatics is expected to play a key role within the growing biosciences sector on Prince Edward Island.

Designed for upper level computer science and biology students, the course will also be open to suitably qualified people working within government and the private sector. Some of the topics to be covered in the course include biological databases, gene prediction, and phylogenetic analysis which looks at the evolution of particular species, genes, or even viruses.

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