Single-Largest Investor in Canadian Health Innovation
WINNIPEG, July 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister
of State for Transport, visited with researchers at University of
Manitoba today where he highlighted how federal investments are helping
strengthen healthcare across the country. Minister Fletcher joined
other members of the Harper Government who made similar visits with
health researchers across the country.
"Our Government is proud to support the outstanding health researchers
at the University of Manitoba," said Minister Fletcher. "I was
delighted to meet these researchers and find out how their work is
helping to improve the health of people in Winnipeg and across Canada."
There are more than 10,000 health research projects underway in Canada
right now that receive Harper Government funding. Some recent
initiatives announced include:
Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples, in which researchers will partner with aboriginal communities to carry
out initiatives linked to suicide reduction and other key health
Funding 13 projects to improve the efficiency of front-line healthcare
delivery, whose results will be available for provincial and
territorial governments to use to strengthen their systems; and
Funding for a national transplantation research program.
Minister Fletcher met with the following CIHR-supported researchers at
the University of Manitoba:
Dr. Brenda Elias is studying cancer in First Nations communities
Dr. Patricia Martens is examining how improve child health in Manitoba
Dr. Jonathan McGavock is investigating the benefit of physical activity
for overweight children at risk for type 2 diabetes.
"We are grateful to the Government of Canada through the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research for their support of these trailblazing
health researchers at the University of Manitoba," said Dr. Digvir S.
Jayas, Vice-President (Research and International) at the University of
Manitoba. "The diverse research conducted by Drs. Elias, Martens and
McGavock provides the evidence necessary to make health care
improvements for our most vulnerable populations: children, youth and
Federal support for health research primarily flows through its health
research investment agency - the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
(CIHR). CIHR supports the best in peer-reviewed health research with
the vision of creating a healthier future for Canadians.
"Canadian health researchers across all research disciplines and themes
continue to have a significant impact on the country's international
scientific excellence and competitiveness," said Dr. Alain Beaudet,
President of CIHR. "At CIHR, we prize the many achievements and
contributions our researchers make to resolving pressing health
challenges and to improving the health outcomes of patients and
supporting a robust and sustainable health care system."
Since 2005-06, the Government has invested $131 million in health
research in Manitoba through CIHR.
SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information:
Brayden Akers, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of State (Transport), 613-991-0700
Ran Ukashi, University of Manitoba, Government Relations, 204-474-8633,
David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, 613-941-4563
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