Aug 14, 2002
The Honourable Anne McLellan, Minister of Health, The Honourable Rey Pagtakhan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Secretary of State (Science, Research and Development), Dr. Alan Bernstein, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Mr. Hubert Gauthier, President and CEO of St. Boniface General Hospital and CIHR Governing Council member, announced today a CIHR investment of $5.4 million to fund health research in Manitoba. Minister McLellan made the announcement at the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre. In total, 17 researchers from the University of Manitoba and the St. Boniface Hospital will receive funding.
"Research is the foundation of our health care system and one of the primary keys to building an innovative and evidence-driven health care system for the 21st century," said Minister McLellan. "That is why the Government of Canada, through the creation of CIHR, doubled the amount of money it invests in health research. The projects we are announcing today will help to improve the health of all Canadians, while also attracting and retaining some of the best researchers in Manitoba."
The 17 research projects will be carried out over periods of three to five years and cover a wide spectrum of health research. The Minister highlighted three Manitoba researchers whose work exemplifies CIHR's comprehensive approach to health research. The projects include:
- Dr. Michael Mayne's study of neuro-inflammation occuring in diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's;
- Dr. Rosemary Mills' research on the detrimental effects of shame (feeling inadequate, unworthy or defective) in early childhood; and
- Dr. John Wilkins' work to understand the process of how immune cells go to sites of infection and inflammation. Studying these processes will help to develop treatments for autoimmune diseases and transplantation rejection.
"The research projects announced today illustrate the breadth and excellence of Manitoba's health research enterprise," said Dr. Bernstein. "From Dr. Wilkins' study on proteomics to Dr. Mills' work on childhood development, these cutting-edge projects cover the full spectrum of health research and will translate into better health for all Canadians."
"Health research is a key component of the Government of Canada's Innovation Agenda, creating skilled jobs in emerging sectors of health research at universities, research institutes and teaching hospitals across the country," said Minister Pagtakhan. "Today's announcement builds upon Manitoba's long history of excellence in research and will ultimately lead to improved health for all Canadians."
"St. Boniface General Hospital is very proud of the commitment and dedication of our researchers which have earned them a CIHR grant," said Mr. Gauthier. "As a health care facility, St. Boniface General Hospital supports research and partnerships, making them an integral part of our mission of caring for people. Our partnership with CIHR is an excellent example of how organizations can work together on projects which ultimately benefit people."
"The University of Manitoba is proud of the outstanding performance of its health researchers," said Dr. Digvir Jayas, Associate Vice-President (Research). "The expanded mandate of CIHR, coupled with significant new investment by the federal government, has allowed established researchers and new investigators at our university to continue working on research programs that will ultimately improve the quality of life for all Canadians."
A detailed list of the projects funded across Canada is available at www.cihr.ca
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada's premier agency for health research. Its objective is to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened health care system.
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CONTACT: For further information: Janet Weichel, CIHR, Communications, (613) 447-4794; Farah Mohamed, Office of the Honourable Anne McLellan, (613) 957-0200; Roberta Koscielny, University of Manitoba Office of Research Services, (204) 474-7300; Helene Vrignon, St. Boniface General Hospital Public
Relations, (204) 235-3557
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