Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

September 29, 2011 12:13 ET

Government of Canada Funds National Neurological Study

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2011) - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) today announced that 10 new research projects will benefit from an approximately $6 million investment from the Government of Canada.

"These studies touch on neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and neuromuscular conditions. Through this research, we will gain reliable information on the extent of neurological conditions and their effects on Canadians," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Together with our partners, our government is working to reduce the burden of neurological disease in Canada."

The funding announced will support research being carried out across Canada. The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC), a coalition of 26 neurological charities, to implement these studies. The investment announced today is part of the Government of Canada's $15 million commitment to the first-ever National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions.

"Upon the completion of the National Population Health Study in 2013, we will have new critical information to further assist governments, neurological health charities, caregivers and those living with neurological conditions. We look forward to using this information in determining priorities going forward," said Minister Wong.

The studies announced today will deepen our understanding of the effects of neurological conditions on the lives of Canadians and their families and the ability of health, social and community services to support them.

FACT SHEET

September 2011

NEUROLOGICAL PROJECTS

SUMMARY

  • The Government of Canada is investing approximately $6 million today to support 10 studies on neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular conditions.

  • This investment is part of the Government of Canada's $15 million commitment to the first-ever National Population Health Study on Neurological Conditions which will provide a better picture of the state of neurological diseases in Canada.

Examples of Neurological Research Projects announced on Sept. 29

University of Waterloo:
($1,470,696)
A study to gather health information on people in nursing homes or receiving home care who are living with neurological conditions.
University of Calgary:
($400,000)
A review of data and data sources to estimate the rates of neurological diseases in Canada.
McGill University
($651,440)
A study to determine the number of Canadians (ages 45-85) affected by neurological conditions.
Dalhousie University:
($813,424)
A study designed to understand the effects of neurological conditions on the lives of Canadians and their families; and the ability of health, social and community services to support individuals and families to independently manage life with a neurological condition.
Native Women's Association of Canada
($785,278)
A study to examine how Aboriginal women view neurological conditions, the effect of these conditions on Aboriginal women, their families and communities and the resources needed to provide culturally appropriate care.

(Also see complete list of neurological research projects, attached)

Neurological Research Projects

Project Title Applicant Name Funding Amount
Systematic Review of factors influencing the progression of neurological conditions University of Ottawa $ 382,597
Systematic Review of factors influencing the onset of neurological conditions University of Ottawa $ 298,787
Understanding from within: Developing community driven and culturally relevant models for understanding and responding to neurological conditions among Aboriginal peoples Native Women's Association of Canada $ 785,278
Neurological Conditions in British Columbia The British Columbia Ministry of Health $ 274,975
Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN): Neurological Conditions The College of Family Physicians of Canada $ 306,359
Validation of administrative data algorithms to determine population prevalence and incidence of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, MS, epilepsy and Parkinson's disease Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences $ 599,334
Innovations in Data, Evidence and Applications for Persons with Neurological Conditions University of Waterloo $ 1,470,696
Understanding the epidemiology of neurological conditions and building the methodological foundation for surveillance University of Calgary $ 400,000
Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging: Neurological Conditions Initiative (CLSA-NCI) Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre $ 651,440
The Everyday Experience of Living with and Managing a Neurological Condition (LINC study) Dalhousie University $ 813,434
$ 5,982,900

Egalement offert en français

Contact Information

  • Health Canada
    Cailin Rodgers
    Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
    Federal Minister of Health
    (613) 957-0200

    Media Relations
    Public Health Agency of Canada
    (613) 941-8189