Parliamentary Secretary Fletcher announces $217 million in funding for health research projects

    OTTAWA, April 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Steven Fletcher, MP for Charleswood-St.
James-Assiniboia and Parliamentary Secretary for Health, on behalf of the
Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, accompanied by Dr. Harvey
Chochinov, Member of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research (CIHR), announced today the recipients from across Canada of
589 health research grants worth $217 million for a wide range of projects,
including projects in the areas of hospital-acquired infections, cancer, and
hormone replacement therapy.
    "Canada's New Government has committed over $217 million to all of the
projects announced today that will contribute to improving the health of
Canadians, strengthening our health care system and building a prosperous and
productive country," said Parliamentary Secretary Steven Fletcher. "Our
Government is committed to science and research which is why we have continued
to provide increased funding to CIHR in both of our budgets".
    The 589 research projects funded across Canada underwent a rigorous
peer-review process before being approved and exemplify CIHR's comprehensive,
problem-based approach to funding excellence in health research. The funded
research projects will be carried out over periods of one to five years and
include the following:

    - Dr. John Conly (University of Calgary) will study the impact of
      hospital ward design and construction on hospital-acquired infections.
    - Dr. Lewis Kay (University of Toronto) will study the function of the
      proteasome, a molecular structure that is a target for the development
      of anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory drugs.
    - Dr. Thérèse Di Paolo-Chenevert (Laval University) will investigate
      compounds with estrogen-like activity that can protect post-menopausal
      women's health without the harmful effects of hormone replacement
    - Dr. Christina Sinding (McMaster University) and Dr. Judy Gould (Women's
      College Research Institute) will increase our knowledge about
      inequities in cancer care, to ultimately reduce those inequities.

    "The CIHR health research funding announced today will advance knowledge
in many areas that are of strategic importance to Canada and will also
contribute to strengthening the research and training environment for young
Canadians in all regions of the country," said Dr. Chochinov.

    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 10,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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For further information:

For further information: Eric Waddell, Press Secretary, Office of the
Honourable Tony Clement, (613) 957-0200; David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations,
(613) 941-4563

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