MONTREAL, Dec. 11, 2017 /CNW/ - A national network of researchers will receive additional funding from the Government of Canada to support its work to improve the oral health of Canadians through strong collaboration, education, and training. The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, today announced funding of $850,000 for the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
The Network, led by Dr. Alain Moreau at le Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine and Université de Montreal, connects more than 440 members across the country, including researchers, trainees, dental professionals, and industry representatives. Dr. Moreau and his team foster interdisciplinary research, provide mentorship and training opportunities, and facilitate the translation of research into knowledge that leads to better oral health. They also serve an important role in focusing research into oral health issues affecting children, seniors, and Indigenous peoples, and issues related to aging and complex diseases.
"Good oral health is linked to good overall health and well-being. We are proud to support the work of this team of researchers and their contributions to improving the health of Canadians."
Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health
"Canada is home to many outstanding oral health researchers. These researchers are making international contributions to the field of dental and oral health research. This network serves a vital role in fostering collaboration, training new researchers, and advancing a national research agenda in oral health."
Dr. Karim Khan
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis
"Oral health is a global priority and encompasses many important pediatric and adult diseases that affect a great number of Canadians. Our mandate addresses challenging and unmet needs by creating an environment to foster collaboration and scientific excellence as well by translating our discoveries into tools that have an impact on both human health and society."
Dr. Alain Moreau
Director, Network for Canadian Oral Health Research
At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada's health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.
Network for Canadian Oral Health Research
Oral health is an important part of overall health and well-being. While Canada ranks highly in oral health generally, it faces challenges in providing oral health services to the most vulnerable segments of the population, including seniors, low-income populations, children and Indigenous peoples. Oral health research contributes significantly to improving the oral health status of Canadians by supporting the development of innovative products and the services provided by dental professionals.
To promote research innovation and collaboration, the Government of Canada is supporting the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR). Established in 2012 with funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, NCOHR is committed to making a difference in the oral health of all Canadians. The mission is to:
- ensure that the Network and Canada are internationally recognized as leaders in oral health research
- deliver exceptional training in oral health research, public health and care in the full spectrum of oral health care
- bridge the translation gap between academic research and industry
- translate research advances into tangible benefits for Canada
Today, NCOHR has more than 440 members across the country, including researchers, trainees, dental health professionals, and industry representatives.
In December 2017, the NCOHR received an additional $850,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to support its activities. It is also supported with funding from the following organizations:
- Canadian Dental Association
- Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry
- Canadian Association of Dental Research
- Network for Oral Health and Bone Research
- MEDTEQ – a Quebec consortium for Industrial Research and Innovation in Medical Technology
- All ten Canadian Faculties of Dentistry
SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information: Thierry Bélair, Office of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, 613-957-0200; Media Relations, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 613-941-4563, [email protected]