Single-Largest Investor in Canadian Health Innovation
TORONTO, July 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Eve Adams, MP for Mississauga - Brampton
South, visited Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital today
with her son, Jeffrey. She highlighted how federal investments are
helping strengthen healthcare across the country. MP Adams 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 Holland Bloorview," said MP Eve Adams. "I was delighted to meet with
these researchers and find out how their work is helping to improve the
wellbeing of children visiting the hospital."
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.
MP Eve Adams met with Dr. Elaine A. Biddiss and her colleagues. Dr.
Biddiss is studying the effect of interactive media experience in a
children's hospital clinic waiting area.
"Waiting to see a doctor or clinician can often make a child
apprehensive or bored. Traditional waiting rooms provide toys for
children to play with but they are often not accessible to children
with disabilities who may not have the dexterity or mobility needed to
play with them" says Elaine Biddiss, scientist, Bloorview Research
Institute. "The CIHR grant has given us the opportunity to study the
impact of an interactive and inclusive waiting room that features a
large-scale projection wall that children can interact with via a
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 2006-05, the Government has invested $2.2 billion in health
research in Ontario through CIHR.
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SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research
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