Dr. Sophie St-Hilaire’s Canada Research Chair renewed

Begins second, five-year term as chair in Integrated Health Research for Sustainable Aquaculture
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Monday, December 12, 2016
Dr. Sophie St-Hilaire

The Government of Canada recently announced more than 200 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 48 postsecondary institutions across the country. Among the honourees was Dr. Sophie St-Hilaire, who begins her second, five-year term as UPEI’s Canada Research Chair in Integrated Health Research for Sustainable Aquaculture.

Dr. St-Hilaire is a professor in the Department of Health Management at UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College. Her research aims to improve the sustainability of aquaculture to provide healthier fish for human consumption and reduce the environmental impact of fish farming.

Infectious disease outbreaks in aquaculture settings create a risk to the industry and the environment. Dr. St-Hilaire is trying to minimize the impacts of these outbreaks on wild and farmed fish populations through innovative prevention and control strategies. Her research is answering critical questions concerning pathogen transmission on fish farms. She is also addressing infectious disease treatment efficacy in fish and shellfish aquaculture.

“We are delighted that Dr. St-Hilaire's outstanding research has been recognized by a renewal of her Canada Research Chair, and we look forward to her future contributions to the prevention and control of diseases in fish,” said Dr. Robert Gilmour, Vice-President Research and Academic at the University of Prince Edward Island.

“I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the new and renewed Canada Research Chairs,” said the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science. “The Government of Canada is proud to support talented researchers whose hard work will improve our scientific understanding and strengthen Canada's reputation for research excellence. The Chairs’ efforts will also provide us with the evidence needed to inform decisions that help us build a vibrant society and a strong middle class.”

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