Funding partners:

The primary source of funding of the DBRI comes from the Innovation Fund of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Under this program, Dr Lasko and his team, which was one of only two teams at McGill to receive Call IV funding in Spring 2004, were awarded $19,775,733 for the DBRI. Forty percent of this amount was provided by the CFI Innovation Fund while another forty percent was provided by the Québec government under the auspices of Recherche Québec. McGill University contributed an additional $1.8 million, through the offices of the Vice-Principal (Research), the Faculty of Science, and the Department twelve (12) percent - an amount of $2.3 million - comes from contributions from the following industry partners: 

  • Affymetrix
  • Apple Computer
  • Beckman Coulter
  • BioRad
  • Carson Group
  • Eckel Industries
  • ESBE Scientific
  • Fisher Scientific
  • GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences (formerly Amersham Biosciences)
  • Leica Canada
  • Li-Cor
  • MEGS
  • MJ Research
  • Miranda Lauzon
  • Nikon Canada
  • Quorum Technologies
  • Steris
  • Tekniscience
  • Union Biometrica
  • VWR

Of the nearly $20 million awarded, approximately $10 million will be used, as mentioned above, to renovate laboratories in the Stewart Biology Building, with another $10 million going to purchase core and specialized laboratory equipment. Together these will provide the DBRI with the modern facilities needed to maintain standards of research excellence in developmental biology. Here are just a few of the DBRIs new equipment items being purchased with CFI funds:

  • Spinning disc confocal system (Suppliers:  Leica and Quorum) 
  • GFP sorter for C. elegans and Drosophila embryos (Supplier:  Union Biometrica)
  • Affymetrix chip reader (Supplier:  Affymetrix)
  • Customizable robot system (Supplier:  Beckman)
  • DNA analyzer (Supplier: Licor)

Research collaborators and partners:

Researchers in the DBRI collaborate with researchers all over the world. Many of its most significant collaborations involve its graduate students. That is, unlike many other large international research institutes that stand alone, through its grounding in a major academic department, a large portion of DBRI research is conducted by graduate students. Graduate education is central to the DBRI mission of training through research. It is often students in the DBRI who are the primary authors of the high-profile research articles it produces, and students who present at international conferences the newest data emerging in the DBRI laboratories.

The DBRI recently entered into an agreement which would allow for future collaboration and exchange with the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB), Kobe, Japan. The core research program of the CDB is devoted to three themes: mechanisms of development, mechanisms of regeneration and the scientific bases of regenerative medicine. Areas of research within these themes include evolutional regeneration biology, vertebrate body plan, morphogenetic signaling, cell asymmetry, stem cell biology, organogenesis and neurogenesis, and cell adhesion and tissue patterning. In 2003, the CDB held its first international symposium, on the topic of the “Origin and Formation of Multicellular systems.” For more information on the CDB, please see