Investments in Health & Research Infrastructure Transformational, Funding for Science Needs Attention

    OTTAWA, Jan. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Association of Canadian Academic
Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO), congratulates the federal government on its
series of infrastructure investments through Canada Health Infoway ($500
million) and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI - $750 million).
    The Association was also pleased with the initiatives focused on
improving the health of Canada's aboriginal population.
    ACAHO looks forward to working collaboratively with the provinces and the
federal government to ensure that opportunities through the $4.0 Billion
Infrastructure Stimulus Fund will benefit Canadians through short-term job
creation and improved access to quality health services.
    "Investments in Canada Health Infoway can have a 'powerful' and
'transformative' impact on the health system", said Dr. Jack Kitts, Chair of
ACAHO, and President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital. "Furthermore, building
world-class research infrastructure through CFI will continue to position
Canada to reap the many benefits of leading-edge knowledge that is created and
owned by Canadians."
    That said, separate from the temporary expansion of the Canada Graduate
Scholarship Program, there are concerns about the lack of additional base
funding for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Genome Canada and
funding to cover the indirect costs of research. "This funding is crucial to
support scientific inquiry across the country and create the jobs of
tomorrow", said Mr. Glenn Brimacombe, President & CEO of ACAHO. "As
infrastructure expands, we need to ensure that we fund our granting councils
at competitive levels with other countries, otherwise we risk jeopardizing the
impressive gains we have made over the past decade."
    If knowledge is the new currency in an increasingly interdependent global
economy, then we must support researchers, the grants process, infrastructure,
and indirect costs in a balanced way.

    ACAHO is the national voice of the Canada's Research Hospitals, Teaching
Hospitals, Academic Regional Health Authorities and their Research Institutes.
Its members are leaders of innovative and transformational organizations that
serve a unique and essential role in the system: they educate the next
generation of health care professionals, advance leading edge innovative
practices through health research, and provide much of the specialized health
care services to Canadians.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Beatrice Keleher Raffoul,
Director, Government Relations, (613) 730-5818 Extension 323, Cell Phone:
(613) 795-4878, Fax: (613) 730-4314,

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