Single-Largest Investor in Canadian Health Innovation
EDMONTON, July 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of
State (Democratic Reform), visited with researchers at the University
of Alberta today where he highlighted how federal investments are
helping strengthen healthcare across the country. Minister Uppal 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 the University of Alberta" said Minister Uppal. "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.
Minister Uppal met with the following CIHR-supported researchers at the
University of Alberta:
Dr. Arya Sharma is the Scientific Director of the Canadian Obesity
Network and his work focuses on evidence-based approaches to managing
Dr. Geoff Ball is a CIHR New Investigator who examines weight management
interventions and obesity-related health services for families and
"The commitment of CIHR to fund high-quality research in the area of
obesity prevention and management is commendable," said Dr. Arya
Sharma. "The wide range of funded research questions ranging from
fundamental science of nutrient sensing and neurobiology to exercise
interventions for school children and pregnant women, clearly reflects
the breadth and depth of obesity research happening across Canada."
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 Government has invested $500 million in health
research in Alberta through CIHR.
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SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information:
Raquel Maurier, Media Relations, University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, 780-492-5986
David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, 613-941-4563