Government of Canada Supports Scientific Research to Deepen Knowledge of H1N1 Flu Virus
The research announced today - a total
"In terms of research into the H1N1 flu virus,
The five research projects announced today are: - Dr. Robert Fowler at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto will lead a team of researchers studying how to best manage health- care resources during a pandemic. His work will focus on determining who is most likely to get sick and how can institutions better prepare to help them. - Dr. Allison McGeer from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and her team will be studying the impact of H1N1 on pregnant women. This will include looking at the best ways to reduce infection and why only some pregnant women develop complications. - Dr. John Schrader from the University of British Columbia and his team will look into the rapid development of new drug therapies to treat patients with severe H1N1 infections. - Dr. Satyendra Sharma from the University of Manitoba and his team will seek to determine why some patients with H1N1 go on to develop Serious Respiratory Illness. The team will closely study how the immune system fights the virus, and how this response differs in persons who develop severe illness after being infected with H1N1. The team will also track the long-term outcome of people who have developed Severe Respiratory Illness. - Dr. Cécile Tremblay from the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal and her team will look at various immune responses to the vaccine with a view to develop immune-based preventative and therapeutic strategies for those at a higher risk of severe illness.
This research builds on the work being done by the Public Health Agency of
About the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to nearly 13,000 health researchers and trainees across