Steven Fletcher highlights $3 million for Manitoba health research



    WINNIPEG, April 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Steven Fletcher, MP for Charleswood-St.
James-Assiniboia and Parliamentary Secretary for Health, on behalf of the
Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, accompanied by Dr. Harvey
Chochinov, Member of the Governing Council for the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research (CIHR), announced today the recipients of an investment worth
$3 million to fund health research in Manitoba.
    "Promoting ground breaking health research is a crucial component of our
government's plan to build a healthy, prosperous and innovative Canada," said
Mr. Fletcher. "The funding highlighted today is helping to enhance the health
research capabilities of the University of Manitoba, which will benefit all
Canadians."
    The 9 research projects funded will be conducted at the University of
Manitoba. The studies will be carried out over periods of one to five years
and cover a wide spectrum of health research. Mr. Fletcher highlighted
researchers whose work exemplifies CIHR's comprehensive, problem-based
approach to funding health research:

    
    - Dr. Jitender Sareen and Dr. Brenda Elias (University of Manitoba) will
      work with First Nations communities in northwest Manitoba to develop
      culturally sensitive suicide prevention strategies for Aboriginal
      people.
    - Dr. Susan McClement (University of Manitoba) will study the ethical
      issues encountered by health care aides who work with dying patients.
    - Dr. John Gartner, Dr. Cynthia Ellison and Dr. Kent HayGlass (University
      of Manitoba) will examine how a synthetic growth factor can prevent
      graft-versus-host disease in bone marrow transplant patients.


    "The CIHR health research funding announced today will advance knowledge
in many areas that are of strategic importance to Canada and will also
contribute to strengthening the research and training environment for young
Canadians in all regions of the country," said Dr. Chochinov.
    The funding highlighted in this news release is part of a larger package
announced today by the Parliamentary Secretary for Health. A detailed list of
the projects funded across Canada is available at www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca .

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to catalyze 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 over 10,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
    www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca

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For further information:

For further information: David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, (613)
941-4563; Eric Waddell, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Tony
Clement, (613) 957-0200


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