Government of Canada celebrates outstanding achievement in health research

OTTAWA, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada pays tribute to Canada's health researchers as the 2011 Canadian Health Research Awards are presented at a special ceremony this evening in Ottawa, hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Prix Galien Canada.

"Our Government is proud to support the work of Canada's health researchers," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. "I congratulate all the researchers who are receiving awards for their outstanding contributions and applaud them for their remarkable commitment to improving the health of Canadians and people all over the world."

The recipients of the 2011 Canadian Health Research Awards are as follows:

Canada's Health Researcher of the Year
Dr. Paul Kubes from the University of Calgary has been named Canada's Health Researcher of the Year for his work in examining the role that leukocytes play in preventing and reversing sepsis - a potentially fatal condition in which the blood becomes infected by harmful bacteria.

The Peter Lougheed/CIHR New Investigator Salary Award
Dr. Kate Shannon from the University of British Columbia and BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS has received The Peter Lougheed/CIHR New Investigator Salary Award for her groundbreaking research on the impact of prostitution laws on health outcomes.

CIHR Knowledge Translation Award
Dr. Geoffrey Fong from the University of Waterloo has received the CIHR Knowledge Translation Award for his work on evaluating and helping to strengthen tobacco control policies throughout the world.

CIHR Partnership Award
The Nova Scotia Food Security Network and the Participatory Action Research and Training Centre on Food Security has received the CIHR Partnership Award for its work to help communities and policy makers develop better food policies and improve food security in Nova Scotia.

"Each of the award recipients has achieved exceptional impact through their work," said Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of CIHR. "Their accomplishments reflect Canada's strong and diverse health research community and the positive outcomes that are improving the health and quality of life of Canadians."

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

Web Profiles - 2011 Canadian Health Research Award Recipients

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SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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