Vancouver, Edmonton, Waterloo, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City all
share in the pride of their "Rising Stars" as the Innovators develop
bold out-of-the box ideas to save lives
TORONTO, Feb. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Grand Challenges Canada today announced 15
grants valued in total at more than $1.5 million awarded to some of
Canada's most creative innovators from across the country in support of
their work to improve global health conditions.
"When you look at the range of innovations and the potential those
creative ideas have to make a difference, Canadians can't help but be
proud of our country's contribution to the health and well-being of the
international community," said Dr. Peter A. Singer, CEO of Grand
Challenges Canada. "Bold Canadian ideas with big impact can save
The researchers are each awarded a $100,000 grant to further develop
their innovations, which include:
From Vancouver: Dr. Walter Karlen is developing a low-cost cell phone test to diagnose
pneumonia in the developing world
From Edmonton: Dr. Aman Ullah is developing a filter made from chicken feathers to
eliminate the deadly carcinogen, arsenic, from drinking water
Also from Edmonton: Dr.Karim Damji is developing methodologies for preventing and treating
glaucoma, a major cause of blindness in poor countries
From Waterloo: Dr. Karim S. Karim is working on a device for rapid TB detection
through digital imaging, a low-cost and effective diagnostic
From Toronto: Dr. Jan Andrysek is creating an inexpensive and effective artificial
knee joint for disabled people in the developing world
From Montreal: Dr. Cedric Yansouni is working on a diagnostic that is cost effective
and non-invasive to determine whether a patient has visceral
leishmaniasis, a deadly disease
From Quebec City: Dr. David Richard is working on a low-cost vaccine for malaria, a
disease that infects 216 million people a year and kills 655,000
Each grantee has created a two-minute video to explain his or her
proposal. The videos can be seen at http://www.grandchallenges.ca/grand-challenges/gc1-stars/canadasrisingstars/round2grantees/
"Grand Challenges Canada is proud to be supporting these extraordinary
ideas," said Joseph L. Rotman, Chair of Grand Challenges Canada. "Our
Canada's Rising Stars in Global Health program is designed to tap into
the creativity, skills and dedication of these early career innovators.
Canada has so much talent and so much to offer to the world."
"The range and diversity among Grand Challenges Canada's Rising Stars in
Global Health demonstrates the depth of Canada's commitment to
improving the lives of those living in developing countries," said the
Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Co-operation.
"Throughout our history, Canadian ingenuity and innovation has made a
significant contribution to advance global health. I have every
confidence that through Grand Challenges Canada, our best minds will
help further the progress achieved and help us realize a healthier
world in the future."
The grantees were selected through a rigorous peer review process. Among
the criteria the proposals needed to meet were Grand Challenges
Canada's Integrated InnovationTM approach, which smoothes the path to implementation of the discovery.
Innovators must consider ethical and cultural barriers, the health
systems required to deliver the discoveries and the commercialization
of their solutions so that they can be distributed to the people who
need them, cost-effectively.
If their ideas are effective and proven, the innovators will be eligible
for an additional Grand
Challenges Canada scale-up grant of $1 million. This is the second round
of Canada's Rising Stars in Global Health grants.
Grand Challenges Canada is funded by the Government of Canada through
the Development Innovation Fund announced in the 2008 Federal Budget.
For more information, visit grandchallenges.ca
About Grand Challenges Canada
Grand Challenges Canada is a unique, independent not-for-profit
organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of people
in developing countries by integrating scientific, technological,
business and social innovation. Grand Challenges Canada works with the
International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and other global health
foundations and organizations to find sustainable long-term solutions
to the most pressing health challenges. Grand Challenges Canada is
hosted at the Sandra Rotman Centre.
About Canada's International Development Research Centre
The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports research
in developing countries to promote growth and development. IDRC also
encourages sharing this knowledge with policymakers, other researchers
and communities around the world. The result is innovative, lasting
local solutions that aim to bring choice and change to those who need
As the Government of Canada's lead on the Development Innovation Fund,
IDRC draws on decades of experience managing publicly funded research
projects to administer the Development Innovation Fund. IDRC also
ensures that developing country researchers and concerns are front and
centre in this exciting new initiative.
About Canadian Institutes of Health Research
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's health research investment agency. 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 more than 14,100 health
researchers and trainees across Canada.
CIHR will be responsible for the administration of international peer
review, according to international standards of excellence. The results
of CIHR-led peer reviews will guide the awarding of grants by Grand
Challenges Canada from the Development Innovation Fund.
About Sandra Rotman Centre
The Sandra Rotman Centre is based at University Health Network and
University of Toronto. We develop innovative global health solutions
and help bring them to scale where they are most urgently needed. The
Sandra Rotman Centre hosts Grand Challenges Canada.
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