Single-Largest Investor in Canadian Health Innovation
CALGARY, July 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament for
Calgary Northeast, visited with researchers at University of Calgary
today where he highlighted how federal investments are helping
strengthen healthcare across the country. Mr. Shory joined other
members of the Harper Government who made similar visits with health
researchers across the country.
"Our Government is proud to support the outstanding health researchers
at University of Calgary," said Mr. Shory. "I was delighted to meet
these researchers and find out how their work is helping to improve the
health of people in Alberta and across Canada."
There are more than 10,000 health research projects underway in Canada
right now that receive Harper Government funding. Some recent
initiatives announced include:
Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples, in which researchers will partner with aboriginal communities to carry
out initiatives linked to suicide reduction and other key health
Funding 13 projects to improve the efficiency of front-line healthcare
delivery, whose results will be available for provincial and
territorial governments to use to strengthen their systems; and
Funding for a national transplantation research program
Mr. Shory met with the following CIHR-supported researchers at
University of Calgary:
Paul Kubes, PhD, a Canada Research Chair in Leukocyte Recruitment in
Inflammatory Disease, is a professor at the university's Faculty of
Medicine and Founding Director of the Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder
Institute for Chronic Diseases, who examines how white blood cells can
prevent and reverse infection caused by sepsis.
George Chaconas, PhD, a Canada Research Chair in the Molecular Biology
of Lyme borreliosis, is a professor at the university's Faculty of
Medicine and member of the university's Snyder Institute for Chronic
Diseases, who studies Borrelia burgdorferi, in an effort to effectively diagnose, treat and prevent Lyme disease.
"We are extremely grateful for the financial contributions made by the
federal government to the University of Calgary," says Ed McCauley,
Vice President (Research) at the university. "We are our proud of our
hard-working researchers, such as George Chaconas and Paul Kubes, who
are dedicated to improving the health of Canadians and better our
world. Their internationally recognized work will help us reach our
goal of becoming one of Canada's top five research universities by
2016, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated
with the community of Calgary."
Federal support for health research primarily flows through its health
research investment agency - the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
(CIHR). CIHR supports the best in peer-reviewed health research with
the vision of creating a healthier future for Canadians.
"Canadian health researchers across all research disciplines and themes
continue to have a significant impact on the country's international
scientific excellence and competitiveness," said Dr. Alain Beaudet,
President of CIHR. "At CIHR, we prize the many achievements and
contributions our researchers make to resolving pressing health
challenges and to improving the health outcomes of patients and
supporting a robust and sustainable health care system."
Since 2005-06, the federal government has invested $500 million in
health research in Alberta through CIHR.
SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information:
Marta Cyperling, Media Relations Manager, Faculty of Medicine, 403-210-3835
David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, 613-941-4563
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