VANCOUVER, Feb. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister
of Health, today announced a new research project aimed at improving
the cardiovascular health of people with spinal cord injuries.
The Minister was joined by Dr. Howard Feldman, Associate Dean of
Research (Medicine), University of British Columbia (UBC); lead
researcher Dr. Andrei Krassioukov, of the ICORD spinal cord injury
research program at UBC and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research
Institute; and Ms. Marni Abbott-Peter, a three-time Paralympic gold
medallist in wheelchair basketball.
"Our Government understands the importance of basic exercise in
promoting good health," said Minister Aglukkaq. "We are proud to make
investments that will allow both patients and doctors to find
innovative ways to help people with spinal cord injuries become as
active as possible, and lead healthier and happier lives."
The research project, entitled "Improving cardiovascular health for
Canadians living with spinal cord injury: Effects of exercise and
targeted education," was supported by a grant from the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
"CIHR is pleased to support this outstanding research project," said Dr.
Jean Rouleau, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Circulatory
and Respiratory Health. This research will find practical solutions
that will transform the lives of Canadians living with spinal cord
The announcement was made at the ICORD program at the Blusson Spinal
Cord Centre, located at Vancouver General Hospital
"We are extremely pleased to receive this support," said lead
investigator Dr. Andrei Krassioukov. "We have an extraordinary team of
passionate clinicians and scientists working in collaboration from
across the country as part of this grant. The knowledge we develop will
directly translate to improving cardiovascular outcomes and the health
in general of Canadians with spinal cord injury."
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.
ICORD is a world leading health research centre focused on spinal cord
injury. From the lab-based cellular level of understanding injury to
rehabilitation and recovery, our researchers are dedicated to the
development and translation of more effective strategies to promote
prevention, functional recovery, and improved quality of life after
spinal cord injury. Located at Vancouver General Hospital in the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre,
ICORD is supported by UBC Faculty of Medicine and Vancouver Coastal
Health Research Institute. Visit www.icord.org.
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, a world leader in
translational health research, is the research body of Vancouver
Coastal Health Authority. VCH Research Institute includes BC's largest
academic and teaching health sciences centres: Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, and GF Strong
Rehabilitation Centre. The Institute is academically affiliated with
UBC Faculty of Medicine and is one of Canada's top funded research
centres, with $83.1 million in research funding for 2010/2011. In
addition to major partnerships with national clinical trials, research
networks, and industry, VCHRI co-hosts two national Centres of
Excellence for Commercialization Research (CERC) and one National
Centre of Excellence, and has 13 Canada Research Chairs and one Canada
Excellence Research Chair. For more information visit www.vchri.ca.
The University of British Columbia (UBC) is one of North America's
largest public research and teaching institutions, and one of only two
Canadian institutions consistently ranked among the world's 40 best
universities. Surrounded by the beauty of the Canadian West, it is a
place that inspires bold, new ways of thinking that have helped make it
a national leader in areas as diverse as community service learning,
sustainability and research commercialization. UBC offers more than
55,000 students a range of innovative programs and attracts $550
million per year in research funding from government, non-profit
organizations and industry through 7,000 grants.
SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information:
Cailin Rodgers, Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, 613-957-0200
David Coulombe, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 613-941-4563
Lisa Carver, Communications, VCH Research, 604-319-7533, email: firstname.lastname@example.org