Media Advisory - Invitation and Photo Opportunity - Canada - Netherlands International Partnership to Fund Research in Personalized Treatment of Inflammatory Diseases

Novel collaboration to help researchers work toward solutions to alleviate pain, improve quality of life and lead to cost effective disease management

OTTAWA, March 17, 2016 /CNW/ - On March 22, 2016, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Reumafonds, and ZonMw will announce the formation of a Canada-Netherlands international partnership that funds health research in personalized treatment of debilitating inflammatory musculoskeletal diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and psoriatic diseases). This novel partnership will start with the creation of a network that gives researchers the opportunity to expand and strengthen their research data and resources, stimulate collaboration among international scientists, and significantly move forward research in this area. CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis Scientific Director Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy, Reumafonds Manager of Research and Innovation, Ingrid Lether, and ZonMw Director Henk Smid, will be available for photos and to answer questions about the partnership.


Formal announcement of Canada-Netherlands health research funding partnership
Remarks / photo and interview opportunities             


Tuesday, March 22, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Central European Time)


ZonMw, Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indië 334, 2593 CE Den Haag, The Netherlands


CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis Scientific Director,

Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy
Reumafonds Chief Executive Officer H. J. L. (Lodewijk) Ribberbos

ZonMw Director Henk Smid


Parking is available.
The parking garage of ZonMw can be found under the building. The entrance is at the Anna van Saksenlaan (around the corner). At the entrance, located on the far left on the descending ramp, you will find a report button. The parking garage is also for bicycles.

*Media are asked to please RSVP their attendance to Mariëtte van Wijk by Friday, March 18th, 2016.

About the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system for Canadians. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

About CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA)
The CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) will support applications focused on diseases which fall within the IMHA mandate, i.e. to support research to enhance active living, mobility and movement, and oral health; and addresses causes, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation for a wide range of conditions related to bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue, skin and teeth.

About Reumafonds
Reumafonds is the Dutch Arthritis Foundation protects the interests of nearly 2 million people with a rheumatic disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. We support them by giving information about the diseases, giving advice on how to live with arthritis and by funding scientific research for better treatment and cure. We also represent the patients interest in our lobby for better care with health insurers and politics.  Our research policy has a focus on translational research and forging international collaborations.

About ZonMw
ZonMw is the Dutch national organisation for health research and healthcare innovation. As an intermediary between science and society, ZonMw works to improve disease prevention, healthcare and health by stimulating and funding research, development and implementation. ZonMw supports knowledge enhancement, quality and innovation in health research and in healthcare. The organisation covers the entire spectrum, from fundamental health research to healthcare practice – from preventive and curative healthcare to youth care services. ZonMw's main commissioning bodies are the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.


SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research

For further information: For media assistance contact: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, David Coulombe, Media Relations, Email:, Tel: 613-941-4563; Reumafonds, Marije Hulsinga, Communications, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Email:; ZonMw, Mariëtte van Wijk, Communications ZonMw, The Hague, Netherlands, Email:


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