Single-Largest Investor in Canadian Health Innovation
FREDERICTON, July 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Keith Ashfield,
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway,
visited with a researcher at the University of New Brunswick today
where he highlighted how federal investments are helping strengthen
healthcare across the country. Minister Ashfield 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 New Brunswick," said Minister Ashfield. "I was
delighted to meet this researcher, Dr. Chris McGibbon, and find out his
work is helping to improve the health of people in New Brunswick and
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 Ashfield met with Dr. Chris McGibbon, a CIHR-funded researcher
at the University of New Brunswick. Through his research, Dr. McGibbon
is seeking to create better knee prostheses for amputees.
"Through the generous support from CIHR and other federal and provincial
agencies, my research team is able to conduct high quality research
aimed at improving rehabilitation and assistive technologies for
persons with lower-extremity amputation or other diseases or injuries
that affect mobility," said Dr. McGibbon.
"This state-of-the art research facility in the magnificent RJ Currie
Centre will allow UNB researchers to expand their international
collaborative research and to extend their partnerships with health
care providers throughout Atlantic Canada," said Greg Kealey, UNB
Vice-President of Research.
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 over $7 million in health
research in New Brunswick through CIHR.
SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information:
David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, 613-941-4563
Greg Carriere, Communications, UNB, 506-453-4546
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