A group of Canadian scientists have been given a major makeover to create an academic institution focused on biology.
In a statement published Thursday, the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) announced that its scientists have received new roles, and it is opening its doors to all students who want to become a part of the institute’s research network.
The new group, which will include scientists at the University of Toronto, the University at Buffalo, the Salk Institute and the Centre for Genetics and Molecular Biology in Canada, will include students from across Canada and the world.
It is the first time that all faculty and staff from the University have been invited to join the institute.
The institute’s new board will include three new chairperson-appointed by the director-general of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the director of the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, and the director general of the Health Research Institute of Canada.
The announcement comes as the institute struggles to keep up with the rapidly changing scientific landscape, and its reputation for research excellence is on the decline.
In January, the institute announced that it would be moving to a new name and logo.
It has also been losing its core research areas to other institutions, including the University College of New Brunswick.
The institute was recently forced to abandon a plan to relocate its laboratories in Toronto to Edmonton because of budget cuts.
While the institute is still in a transition period, some members of the public have been voicing their frustration about the institute moving to an off-campus location, the Toronto Star reported.IGB President Dr. J.M. Stirling said in a statement that the new role of the faculty members and staff members will be to serve as a “community hub and resource” to students, as well as to help them navigate the transition to the new organization.
“This is an important step forward in our long-term vision for the institute and a new beginning for our institute as a leading research institution in Canada,” Stirling added.
“I look forward to working with you as the new leadership team to ensure that the institute stays on a path to becoming a leading Canadian research university.”IGB also announced that a new director-designee, Joanne Laudan, will lead the institute from July 1, 2018 to January 1, 2021.
Laudon is a professor of microbiology and immunology and director of microbiomics and immunobiology at the Faculty of Medicine at the Ryerson University in Toronto.
The announcement also announced a new executive director and two new directors-designees for the Institute.