Partnership with Brain Canada boosts innovative research to advance
knowledge on neurological and mental illnesses.
TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Health, along with Inez Jabalpurwala, President and CEO of Brain
Canada, today announced 32 projects being funded under the Canada Brain
The projects announced today will accelerate innovative research that
will fundamentally change our understanding of nervous system function
and dysfunction and their impact on health. The research will advance
knowledge and support the development of new ways to diagnose and treat
all types of neurological and mental illnesses.
Funding for all 32 projects totals nearly $51.4 million, half provided
by the Government of Canada and half provided by private donors,
research institutions, provincial funding agencies, and charitable
organizations partnering with the Brain Canada Foundation.
The projects are based in seven different cities across the country:
Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal and Quebec
Following up on commitments made during the Global Dementia Legacy Event
held in Ottawa September 11-12, three of the projects, which will
explore neurodegeneration, are platforms being led by St. Michael's
Hospital, the University of Manitoba, and the Montreal Neurological
Institute and Hospital at McGill University.
In Budget 2011, the Government of Canada committed to providing up to
$100 million over six years (2011-2017) to the Brain Canada Foundation
to establish the Canada Brain Research Fund. This Fund provides
dollar-for-dollar matching funding to the Brain Canada Foundation to
support Canadian neuroscience research and advance knowledge and
treatment of brain disease and mental disorders.
Most recently, Budget 2014 announced $15 million per year to the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research, for the expansion of the
Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research, the creation of the Canadian
Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), and other health
research priorities. With the CCNA initiative, Canada is joining forces
with its G7 counterparts to support additional research with a view to
finding a cure for dementia by 2025.
Our Government recognizes the very real impact that neurological and
mental health conditions have on Canadian families. Between 2006 and
2013, we have invested more than $861 million in neuroscience research
through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
We are proud to be supporting these innovative new projects devoted to
neurological and mental health research that will help to advance our
knowledge on neurological and mental health.
Minister of Health
The team grants and platforms we are announcing today showcase Canada's
important contributions to the global effort to understand the brain
and brain diseases. Brain Canada thanks all of the donors and partners
on these projects, whose support is being matched by the Government of
Canada. This historic investment of over $50 million in Canadian brain
research is a testament to the success of the Canada Brain Research
Fund public-private partnership.
President and CEO, Brain Canada
Canadian Mental Health Association
Brain Injury Association of Canada
Rick Hansen Foundation
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Canada's Economic Action Plan
Fact Sheet - Thirty-two New Projects Announced through the Canada Brain
SOURCE: Health Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
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