Single-Largest Investor in Canadian Health Innovation
SASKATOON, SK, July 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lynne Yelich,
Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification), visited with
researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) today where she
highlighted how federal investments are helping strengthen healthcare
across the country. Minister Yelich joined other members of the Harper
Government who made similar visits with health researchers across the
"Our Government is proud to support the outstanding health researchers
at the University of Saskatchewan," said Minister Yelich. "I was
delighted to meet these researchers and find out how their work is
helping to improve the health of people in Saskatchewan and across
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 Yelich met with the following CIHR-supported researchers at the
U of S:
Dr. Colleen Anne Dell is examining the practice of traditional First
Nations culture as a healing force within substance abuse programs. By
understanding what practices work and how they achieve success, the
research community involved in this project aims to improve health
programming for First Nations peoples struggling with addiction.
Dr. Margaret Crossley, a member of a team led by Dr. Debra Morgan, is
working with community health providers to develop culturally
appropriate assessment tools for use in the U of S Rural and Remote
Memory Clinic, particularly for Aboriginal seniors (the Northern
Cultural Assessment of Memory or N-CAM).
Dr. Andrew Potter leads the U of S Vaccine and Infectious Disease
Organization - International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), a world
leader in addressing infectious diseases in humans and animals.
"Our researchers are working toward solutions for health challenges that
affect all of us, and in particular, some of the most vulnerable people
in Canada and around the world," said Dr. Karen Chad, U of S
vice-president research. "We applaud the continued support of the
Government of Canada, through the CIHR, that makes this vital work
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 $64 million in health
research in Saskatchewan through CIHR.
SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information:
Michael Robin, U of S Research Communications, 306-966-1425
David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, 613-941-4563
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