Monday, May 4, 2009

Canada Loses One Of Its Leading AIDS Researchers

Photo: Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, one of the Canada's top AIDS researchers, is moving to the U.S. to take on a new position in Florida. He is unhappy with cuts the Harper government has made to science funding. (Photo courtesy of the University of Montreal)

From CTV News:

A scientist from the University of Montreal -- considered one of Canada's leading AIDS researchers -- is moving to the United States and bringing a talented team of up to 25 scientists with him.

Rafick-Pierre Sékaly said he and his team are heading south of the border in part because the federal government has made drastic cuts to science funding.

"I hope it will be trigger some kind of movement that will foster a deep soul searching and investment," Sékaly said in an interview with The Globe and Mail.

Sékaly will become scientific director of the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute in Florida.

He told the Globe his $3.5 million research budget will be more than doubled in his new position.

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