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Lakehead University is a comprehensive and learner-centered institution with a commitment to developing new knowledge through research and innovation.  Lakehead University’s Strategic Plan strongly connects teaching, research, community engagement and economic development.  Teaching and research are inextricably linked and driven by a common focus on learning and creation of new knowledge.  Lakehead University’s research capacity and research explorations are growing quickly.  For example between 2002 and 2012, our research funding increased from $9.3 million to $24 million.  The number of graduate students has more than doubled between 2002 and 2012, and the number of faculty members increased from 252 to 319 during the same period.  As of 2013, Lakehead University has 35 graduate programs, 10 successful research centres, and six Canada Research Chairs (up from three in 2001) with another six in the process of being recruited.  In 2010, Research Infosource Inc. announced that Lakehead University had been designated as one of the “Top Three Research Performers” in the undergraduate category for Research Intensity Growth and Research Publication Growth over the past decade.

Lakehead University is a growing academic and research centre and since 2005, the home of the West Campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM).  Together, Lakehead University and Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) are contributing to Thunder Bay’s designation as a national leader in the bioeconomy.  The Biorefining Research Institute (BRI), the new Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration (CESME), and the world-renowned Paleo-DNA Laboratory are examples of research centres that are helping to grow Lakehead’s diverse and regionally specific research programs.  These initiatives are leading to innovative research that is relevant to all Canadians.

Lakehead University is living proof that vibrant, relevant research is possible at any institution, including smaller regional universities. In fact, we’ve found that in many ways our smaller size and strong connections to our community actually helps foster vibrant research collaborations allowing for more opportunities for cross-pollination of ideas between disciplines, more flexibility in pursuing research opportunities as they arise, and more freedom to develop research projects in subject areas of importance to our community partners.

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Alla Reznik

Alla Reznik

Lakehead University

Can we diagnose cancer earlier?

Health & WellbeingTechnology

Mathew Leitch

Mathew Leitch

Lakehead University

Are we missing the forest for the wood?

Environment & SustainabilityJobs & the EconomyNatural Resources

Margaret Smith

Peggy Smith

Lakehead University

What is the way forward for Aboriginal peoples and natural resources?

Arts & CultureBuilding Community

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