Projects include studies of Major Depressive Disorder, mental health of elderly, and chronic diseases among Inuit
Minister McCallum highlights more than $59 million for Quebec health research projects
Sherbrooke, le 9 novembre 2004 – The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Ujjal Dosanjh, Minister of Health, highlighted today along with Dr. Michael S. Kramer, Scientific Director of the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), an investment of more than $59 million to fund health research in Quebec.
"We want a Canada that is a world leader in developing and applying the path-breaking health technologies of the 21st century, creating high-quality jobs to keep our bright young people in Canada, and benefiting all Canadians with discoveries that advance better health and health care," said Minister McCallum. "The health research projects we are announcing today represent the Government's commitment to creating that Canada."
The 147 research projects funded will be conducted at universities and research agencies in the province. The studies will be carried out over periods of one to five years and cover a wide spectrum of health research. The Minister highlighted three researchers whose work exemplifies CIHR's comprehensive, problem-based approach to funding health research. They are:
- Dr. Gustavo Turecki (Douglas Hospital Research Centre, affiliated with McGill University) is examining why more men than women with Major Depressive Disorder commit suicide;
- Dr. Michel Preville (Université de Sherbrooke) is studying the mental healthy of elderly people
- Dr. Eric Dewailly (Université Laval) is examining the impact of changes in diet and lifestyle on the development of chronic diseases among the Inuit.
"Advancements in health research benefit all Canadians and provide a stimulus for innovation," said Dr. Kramer. "We are proud to support health research that is leading to improvements in the lives of Canadians and of people around the world."
The rector of the University of Sherbrooke, Mr. Bruno-Marie Béchard, is thrilled that Canada's Department of Health chose to announce the CIHR grants for all of Quebec to the Faculty of Medicine, the only one in the country and the francophone world to be recognized as a Collaborating Centre by the World Health Organization. "The CIHR have long been partners of the University of Sherbrooke, and their support is very valuable to us. Last year, they contributed about 20 % of the $50 million invested in health research at our University. With our approximately 200 professors and 300 master's, doctoral and post-doctoral students working in cutting-edge health fields, our University greatly contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the top human health issues."
The funding highlighted today is part of a larger package announced by the Minister of Health.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is the Government of Canada's 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 Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 8,000 researchers and research teams in every province of Canada. www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca
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