Single-Largest Investor in Canadian Health Innovation
VANCOUVER, July 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Member of
Parliament for Delta - Richmond East, visited with researchers at the
Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) today where she highlighted
how federal investments are helping strengthen healthcare across the
country. MP Findlay 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 Arthritis Reseach Centre of Canada," said MP Findlay. "I was
delighted to meet these researchers and find out how their work is
helping to improve the health of people in British Columbia and across
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.
MP Findlay met with Dr. Linda Li and her colleagues who are carrying out
a CIHR-funded project that is examining the link between physical
activity, hip pain and hip osteoarthritis, which is the leading cause
of hip replacement surgeries. Their work may lead to new strategies for
preventing hip osteoarthritis. Researchers working on the project are
also affiliated with the University of British Columbia and Vancouver
"Being physically active is good for general health, but certain types
of activities cause hip osteoarthritis in some people, said Dr. Linda
Li, a senior research scientist at the Arthritis Research Centre of
Canada and associate professor at University of British Columbia.
Through the government's investment, our team is studying the role of
physical activity on hip pain in Aboriginal Peoples, Chinese and
Caucasians in BC. This research program will generate new knowledge
that is crucial to better prevention and treatment of hip
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 $720 million in health
research in British Columbia through CIHR.
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SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information:
Shauneen Kellner, Executive Director, Arthritis Research Centre of Canada,
David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, 613-941-4563