UVic medical researchers named Canada Research Chairs

Two prominent medical researchers at the University of Victoria have been named Canada Research Chairs by Science Minister Kirsty Duncan and the Canada Foundation for Innovation, in an announcement Tuesday.

Hector J. Caruncho, a professor of neuroscience in the Division of Medical Sciences, is awarded a new chair, the Canada Research Chair in Translational Neuroscience. Caruncho studies neurobiology of schizophrenia and depression.

Stephanie Willerth, a professor in mechanical engineering, uses stem cells to engineer tissues to replace diseased or damaged regions of the nervous system. Willerth is renewed for five years as Canada Research Chair in Bio-Medical Engineering.


Hector J. Caruncho. Photo courtesy of Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation