Minister Clement announces the new Canada-China Norman Bethune Health Research Scholarships Program



    GRAVENHURST, ON, Aug. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Tony Clement,
Minister of Health, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative
for Northern Ontario (FedNor) and Member of Parliament for Parry Sound -
Muskoka, and Dr. Alan Bernstein, President of the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research (CIHR), today announced at Gravenhurst's Bethune Memorial
House the creation of a scholarship program that will attract top young
Chinese students to Canada to study and advance health research.
    The Canada-China Norman Bethune Health Research Scholarships Program will
offer up to 30 scholarships annually to top students from China to pursue PhDs
at Canadian universities and their affiliated institutions. The scholarships
are for tenures of four or five years, and the first recipients are scheduled
to start their training this fall.
    "Canada has a pressing need to attract more top foreign students to study
and complete work in health research. This scholarship program will strengthen
Canada's ties to the global supply of ideas and talent, and it will build on
Canada's international reputation for having advanced scientific research and
expertise," said Minister Clement. "Dr. Norman Bethune is known for having
done extraordinary work in the medical field in both China and Canada, and the
prestige associated with this name makes it perfect to attribute to the
scholarships program we are announcing today."
    "This program offers an exciting opportunity for outstanding young
Chinese researchers to undertake doctoral research and study in Canada." said
Dr. Bernstein. "It is also a good example of how CIHR is playing an important
role in the government's S&T strategy by improving Canada's international
reputation for research and excellence and building a larger base of
scientific expertise."
    CIHR will offer the scholarships through its Strategic Training
Initiative in Health Research (STIHR). Through the STIHR, CIHR funds with
partners almost 90 Research Training Programs across Canada in virtually every
area of health research. Each training program consists of a group of health
research mentors/educators who work collaboratively to offer research training
to trainees at one or multiple sites across Canada.
    In China, this agreement will be coordinated by the Department of
International Cooperation and Exchanges of the Ministry of Education, and
implemented by the China Scholarship Council (CSC), who will ensure that the
country`s top students have the opportunity to train in Canada.

    About the CIHR

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to catalyze its translation into improved health,
more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and
support to more than 11,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca

    About Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China (MOE)

    MOE is the central government body under the State Council, whose mandate
includes the formulation and implementation of policies, strategies,
guidelines and standards on education reform and development at all levels as
well as international cooperation and exchanges in the education sector.
www.moe.edu.cn/english/index.htm




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For further information: CIHR Media Relations, (613) 941-4563,
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