Funding for Arthritis Sends Positive Message



    Canadian Arthritis Network to operate until 2012

    TORONTO, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - While good news cannot make pain disappear, it
may provide some short-term relief. For the nearly 4.5 million men, women and
children who suffer from arthritis, the federal government's decision to
continue to financially support vital arthritis research offers hope and
perhaps some momentary respite. The Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN), a member
of the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), will continue to receive
nearly $4.1 million per year ($12.2 million total), until March 2012, when its
14-year-term ends.
    "The federal government took a big chance when it funded Canada's first
disease-centred network in arthritis, but I think we've demonstrated that the
gamble paid off," says Dr. Robin Armstrong, Chair of the Canadian Arthritis
Network's Board of Directors. "We have many accomplishments to be proud of
over our ten-year history and thanks to this final influx of funding from the
NCE, we can continue our mission to improve the lives of Canadians living with
arthritis."
    "The Canadian Arthritis Network continues to meet the NCE Program's high
standards for excellence," says Suzanne Fortier, Chair of the NCE Steering
Committee and President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council of Canada (NSERC). "CAN has consistently delivered leading-edge
research, established strong partnerships and provided benefits to the many
Canadians living with arthritis."
    To date, CAN has channeled its funds to support research in the areas of
Osteoarthritis, Inflammatory Joint Diseases and Bioengineering for the
Restoration of Joint Function to harness the expertise of its members and
respond to stakeholders' needs. CAN is currently in discussions with its
partners to determine ways of continuing its successful work after 2012.

    About the Canadian Arthritis Network

    The Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN) (www.arthritisnetwork.ca) is a
not-for-profit organization, funded by the Government of Canada's Networks of
Centres of Excellence, to support arthritis research and development and to
facilitate the commercialization of its Network Investigators' discoveries.
CAN is the single point of contact that links 179 leading Canadian arthritis
researchers and clinicians, 45 Canadian academic institutions, The Arthritis
Society, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and government.

    About the Networks of Centres of Excellence

    The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) (www.nce.gc.ca) is a federal
program administered jointly by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Social Sciences
and Humanities Research Council of Canada in partnership with Industry Canada.
NCE are unique, multidisciplinary and nationwide partnerships among
universities, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations, aimed at
transforming Canadian research and entrepreneurial talent into economic,
health and social benefits for all Canadians.





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For further information: Stacey Johnson, Director of Communications,
(416) 586-4685, sjohnson@arthritisnetwork.ca

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