Cancer and cardiovascular organizations team up to improve the health of
TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, are pleased to announce a $16
million investment in a first of its kind partnership between the
cancer and cardiovascular research communities that will strengthen our
understanding of chronic disease.
The Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds, with $14 million from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and $2
million from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, will build on the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP), a pan-Canadian research platform, by expanding efforts to identify the
early root causes that lead to chronic diseases of the brain, the heart
and the cardiovascular system.
"Nearly two-thirds of deaths in Canada are due to chronic diseases,"
said Dr. Heather Bryant, VP of Cancer Control at the Canadian
Partnership Against Cancer. "The data collected through the Canadian
Partnership for Tomorrow Project will help researchers better
understand why some people develop these diseases while others don't.
Ultimately the research will make a difference in the lives of future
This new investment will gather detailed information from about 10,000
Canadian participants on their environments, lifestyle and behaviours
that could affect their cardiovascular health. Participants will also
be assessed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the brain,
blood vessels, heart and liver. Adding this to the health and
biological information assembled over many years within CPTP will allow
researchers to explore how these factors contribute to the development
of chronic disease leading to heart failure and dementia.
Canadians in British Columbia (BC Generations Project), Alberta (The
Tomorrow Project), Ontario (Ontario Health Study), Quebec (CARTaGENE),
and Atlantic Canada (Atlantic PATH) have signed up to contribute to the
Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project which is supported by
national and provincial cancer, healthcare and research organizations.
To date, the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project has enrolled and
will follow over time more than 285,000 participants aged 35-69 across
The Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds research team led by Drs. Sonia Anand of McMaster University, Matthias
Friedrich of the Montreal Heart Institute, and Jack Tu of the Institute
for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto was selected through a
competitive process to lead the project's expansion into cardiovascular
diseases. Canadians already participating in the Canadian Partnership
for Tomorrow Project, as well as other volunteer participants from the
Montreal Heart Institute Biobank and the PURE cohort study, will be
asked to contribute to this study.
"This project is a great way for Canadians to get involved in research
that can really have an impact on their health," said Dr. Sonia Anand,
one of the project co-leads. "We will learn how ethnicity, lifestyle
and environmental factors have an impact on the function of our heart,
brain and blood vessels. This in turn, will allow our health
professionals and governments to make informed decisions on health care
for Canadians. Because of Canada's diverse geography and populations,
this research will be unique internationally."
"This announcement is the result of more than two years of Heart and
Stroke Foundation advocacy efforts related to the Canadian Heart
Healthy Action Plan, and we're delighted this study is moving forward,"
said Bobbe Wood, President, Heart and Stroke Foundation. "Knowing the
root causes of chronic disease addresses a huge gap in our research
landscape and this new initiative is an important investment in the
health of all Canadians. Every seven minutes a Canadian dies from heart
disease or stroke, and this data will support future research teams for
years to come and help the Foundation accomplish its mission of
preventing disease, saving lives and promoting recovery. "
About the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer works with Canada's cancer community to reduce the burden of cancer on
Canadians. Grounded in and informed by the experiences of those
affected by cancer, the organization works with partners to support
multi-jurisdictional uptake of evidence that will help to optimize
cancer control planning and drive improvements in quality of practice
across the country. Through sustained effort and a focus on the cancer
continuum, the organization supports the work of the collective cancer
community in achieving long-term population outcomes: reduced
incidence of cancer, less likelihood of Canadians dying from cancer,
and an enhanced quality of life of those affected by cancer.
About the Heart and Stroke Foundation
The Heart and Stroke Foundation's mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. A
volunteer-based health charity, we strive to tangibly improve the
health of every Canadian family, every day. 'Healthy lives free of
heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen'. Heartandstroke.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
For further information:
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
Office: 416-915-9222 ext. 5781
Heart and Stroke Foundation
Office: (613) 569-4361 ext. 273
Cell: 613 406 3282