OTTAWA, March 27, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister
of Health, today announced funding for the Chair in Autism Spectrum
Disorders (ASD) Treatment and Care Research Program. The purpose of
the Chair is to support a new investigator bringing innovative
approaches to the treatment and/or care of autism spectrum disorders.
The CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction in
partnership with Autism Speaks Canada, the Canadian Autism Spectrum
Disorders Alliance, Health Canada, NeuroDevNet and the Sinneave Family
Foundation are offering this funding research opportunity.
"Our government is committed to continuously advancing research in the
field of autism," said Minister Aglukkaq. "We are pleased to partner
with Canadian organizations and believe it will help stimulate research
and, ultimately, improve the health of people with autism."
The announcement took place at the Children's Hospital of Eastern
Ontario (CHEO) Autism Intervention Program Offices in Ottawa. The
Minister was joined by Member of Parliament Mike Lake, and
Parliamentary Secretary Dr. Colin Carrie, both of whom have children
with forms of autism. Also joining the Minister was Scientific
Director of the CHEO Research Institute Dr. Martin Osmond and
Scientific Director of NeuroDevNet Dan Goldowitz.
"Significant gaps exist in applied research that focuses on autism
diagnosis, treatment and care," said Dr. Goldowitz. "We hope that this
Chair opportunity will attract interest from the best science minds
across the globe who see the potential that this position will provide
in making a real difference in the lives of children, youth, adults and
their families who live with autism every day."
Investigators working in Canada and those willing to relocate to a
Canadian research institution are eligible for the Chair. Investigators
not currently conducting research in the field of autism spectrum
disorders must demonstrate how they would bring new approaches to the
treatment and/or care of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
The Chair's application form is available on CIHR's website.
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.
Image with caption: "Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq (fifth from left) poses with participants following her announcement of funding from the Government of Canada and partners for a new national research chair in autism treatment and care. (CNW Group/Canadian Institutes of Health Research)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120327_C8102_PHOTO_EN_11625.jpg
SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information:
Cailin Rodgers, Office of the Honourable Leona Agluakkaq, 613-957-0200
David Coulombe, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 613-941-4563