VANCOUVER, July 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadians will benefit from new
insights into the link between physical activity and health as the
Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today announced funding
for four research teams through the Canadian Institutes of Health
Research (CIHR). These teams will study the effects of exercise on the
body and its role in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases
including arthritis, breast cancer and heart disease.
"Our Government encourages Canadians to be physically active as part of
a healthy lifestyle," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Today's investment in
research will help develop new strategies for using exercise to prevent
and treat major diseases affecting Canadians."
The teams announced today will be led by the following researchers:
Dr. John Esdaile (Arthritis Research Centre of Canada;
Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, Vancouver General Hospital; and
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC) and his team will
explore the link between physical activity and hip osteoarthritis.
Dr. Kevin Shoemaker (University of Western Ontario, London,
ON) and his team will investigate the effect of cardiovascular
disease on the health of nerves that control muscle function and
Dr. Kerry Courneya (University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB)
and his team will study how physical activity and the fitness level
affect the survival and long-term health of patients diagnosed with
Dr. Ciaran Duffy (McGill University, Montreal, QC) and
his team will examine the role of physical activity in improving the
health and well-being of children with arthritis.
"We are very proud to be supporting these four talented teams," said Dr.
Jane Aubin, Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute of Health
Research's Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis. "By
supporting this research we will help improve the health and quality of
life of Canadians and reduce the burden on Canada's health care system."
The teams were selected through a rigorous process of competitive peer
review. They will each receive $2.5 million over five years for a total
investment of $10 million.
Dr. John Esdaile, Scientific Director of the Arthritis Research Centre
of Canada, spoke at the announcement about his team and the potential
impact of its work. "We believe we can detect osteoarthritis of the hip
much earlier than we have in the past," said Dr. Esdaile. "By catching
it early, before it causes damage, we open the door to preventing hip
osteoarthritis, which means we avoid costly surgery and greatly improve
the quality of life of Canadians who experience hip pain."
For the past 10 years, the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has supported better health and
health care for Canadians. As the Government of Canada's health research
investment agency, CIHR enables the creation of evidence-based knowledge
and its transformation into improved treatments, prevention and
diagnoses, new products and services, and a stronger, patient-oriented
health-care system. Composed of 13 internationally recognized
Institutes, CIHR supports more than 13,000 health researchers and
trainees across Canada.
CIHR Team Grants in Physical Activity, Mobility and Health
Physical activity is a strategic priority for the CIHR Institute of
Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis. The Institute launched the CIHR
Team Grants in Physical Activity, Mobility and Health competition to
support research teams examining physical activity and its role in the
development, prevention and treatment of chronic disease. Four teams
were selected for funding through a competitive process of peer review.
Each team will receive $2.5 million over five years from the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research for a total investment of $10 million.
CIHR Team in IMPAKT-HIP - Investigations of Mobility, Physical
Activity and Knowledge Translation in Hip Pain
Team Lead: Dr.
John Esdaile, Arthritis Research Centre of Canada; Centre for Hip Health
and Mobility, Vancouver General Hospital; and University of British
Columbia (Vancouver, BC)
Certain types of physical activity have been linked to the development
of osteoarthritis of the hip. Evidence suggests that the repetitive hip
flexion involved in sports like hockey, soccer and bicycling and
deformities of the hip bone combine to cause pain and eventually
osteoarthritis. Dr. Esdaile and his team will study the role of physical
activity in the development of hip pain. The team will also explore the
prevalence of hip osteoarthritis in First Nations and Chinese
communities in B.C. This research will help develop new approaches to
the prevention, detection, and treatment of hip osteoarthritis.
CIHR Team in Physical Activity, Mobility and Neural Health
Lead: Dr. Kevin Shoemaker, University of Western Ontario (London, ON)
Human movement depends on the coordinated activity of the muscles and
bones of the body. This process relies on signals from nerves in the
brain. What happens, then, to nerves and their ability to affect
mobility when the blood vessels supplying them become diseased? Dr.
Shoemaker and his team will examine the role of vascular disease on
blood supply to nerves in the brain, spinal cord and the periphery and
its effect on muscle function. The team will also determine whether
exercise programs that help people with vascular disease also improve
the health of nerves.
CIHR Team in Physical Activity and Breast Cancer Survivorship
Lead: Dr. Kerry Courneya, University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB)
Breast cancer survivors face a higher risk of long-term health problems,
such as new cancers, heart disease and bone loss. Dr. Courneya and his
team will examine the effect of physical activity and fitness level on
the treatment, recovery and long-term health of breast cancer patients.
This research will provide the most comprehensive examination of
physical activity and breast cancer survivorship to date.
CIHR Team Linking Exercise, Physical Activity and Pathophysiology in
Childhood Arthritis: A Canadian Collaborative Team (LEAP Team)
Lead: Dr. Ciaran Duffy, McGill University (Montreal, QC)
Arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses among children. It
affects 1 in 1,000 Canadian children under the age of 16. The
inflammation associated with this condition makes a child's joints
stiff, swollen and painful. The cause is unknown and there is no cure.
Dr. Ciaran Duffy and his team will study a group of children with
arthritis to determine the effect of physical activity on bones,
muscles, joints and quality of life. This work will help develop new
strategies involving physical activity to improve the care and health of
children with arthritis.
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