The program has been constituted as a collaborative award, consisting of partial cash funding and access to high-end MS instrumentation through a skilled operator. The award covers the costs associated with data collection and analysis. The Catalyst program was initiated by Dr. David Schriemer, using revenues from successful technology transfer activities. It is staffed by Dr. Laurent Brechenmacher.
The primary goals of the Catalyst program are:
To provide capacity for research programs in need of biological mass spectrometry
To increase the impact of current projects and to stimulate new ones
To encourage internal collaborations
To improve access to advanced mass spectrometric tools and methodologies for investigators; and
To populate new service offerings for the SAMS Centre, by capturing methods developed through the Catalyst program.
The intent of the program is to award at least one project per call for proposals. New funding dates will be announced after each previous round has closed and awards distributed. The timing, available funding and area of focus may change periodically. Feedback on program direction is welcome.
Congratulations to the 2013 Award Winner:
Dr. David Hansen (Biological Sciences, University of Calgary)
Project title: Proteins Specific to the Stem Cell Population in the C. elegans Germline
The project, using SILAC methodology on small populations of genetically modified worms, has been completed successfully. SILAC is now a supported service in the SAMS Centre.