What Is Biologique Recherche Canada?
Located in Toronto, Biologique Recherche Canada is one of the five main national research organizations in Canada. The organization was formed in 1972 to advance the province’s science and technology. It is an associate member of the Canadian Network of Chemical libraries. This is one of the seven network branches that are recognized by the Royal Society of Canada and is recognized by UNESCO as an important agency for the protection of the environment and for maintaining scientific research and development.
The Biological Research Organization has responsibility for overseeing all the work of its Canadian network members, funding in particular, those projects involving plant, animal and human cells. Funding strategies are formulated taking into consideration various factors such as budget, scope, project priority and performance indicators. These strategies are then implemented within the framework of the current framework for research and development in Canada, known as the Integrated Resource Plans. Other activities include the coordination of various aspects of the research community, including communications and dissemination to the broader research community.
The main activities include basic research and in particular the development of a wide range of micro, macro and atomic microscopes that will form the basis of new and improved ways of doing research. They also conduct major research in plant and animal sciences, such as genomics, transcriptomics, genome maintenance and metabolism, cell and tissue culture technologies, genetic engineering, neuroscience, immunology, zoology, genetics, bacteriology, ecology, nutrition, veterinary science, veterinary medicine and animal behavior. They also conduct research in the industrial and commercial sectors on food and drug safety, food ingredients and pesticides and fertilizers. Many of these studies have global significance.
In addition to running the main research facility, other branches of the BRC include collaborations with several other organizations and departments within the government. For example, the Canadian Network of Chemical Libraries manages the National Genebank, which is one of the largest in the world. Another BRC division is the Centre for Genomics Research, which manages the overall performance of the entire BRC. Other branches include the Program/Programmes unit, whose work includes the management of the overall budget and other financial matters, and the public information unit, which are responsible for ensuring the dissemination of important research information.
A number of private companies are involved in supporting the research work of the BRC. These companies conduct specific projects within the organization and contribute their own resources. Some of them have their own research facilities and work space. These companies provide personnel and facilities for the research. They are able to tap on experience and their expertise.
In spite of the many roles played by the BRC, a central core continues to operate from the main facility. This core supports the activities of the regional offices and supports the overall framework of the institution. These regional offices include principal investigators and senior research scientists. The regional heads are involved in the decision making process and monitor day to day activities. In essence then, the work of the BRC is managed on an interdisciplinary basis.