Government of Canada

Government of Canada

July 08, 2010 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Health Research

Minister Goodyear announces research funding to improve health of Canadians

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 8, 2010) - Across Canada, 12 universities will undertake 31 new research projects that will improve health services for Canadians as well as economic development in the health-sector. The announcement was made by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), highlighting the Government of Canada's commitment to research, innovation and health.

The University of British Columbia will receive funding for four research projects focusing on improvements to technology for prostate surgery, monitoring vascular disease, reducing scar tissue from wounds or burns and drug monitoring.

"Our government supports innovation because it creates jobs, strengthens the economy and improves the quality of life of Canadians," said Minister Goodyear. "These research partnerships will lead to new health benefits for Canadians and more effective health services."

"Health research contributes to a better quality of life for Canadians," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. "The research we support with today's funding announcement will improve the health of communities across the country as well as strengthen our health care system."

The government will invest $13 million for the projects through the Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) program, an initiative of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. This includes $1.7 million for four projects at the University of British Columbia. The program grants are designed to support new projects that involve partnerships between any field of the natural sciences or engineering and the health sciences with an impact on the health of Canadians.

"The CHRP program brings together the expertise of researchers in the natural sciences and engineering with medical researchers to find innovative solutions in key areas of health," said Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. "The collaborators will be working on important, cross-disciplinary projects with a direct impact on the well-being of Canadians."

The 12 universities were selected for funding following a peer review competition. They will each receive between $200,000 and $760,000 over three years. Among the projects funded by the Collaborative Health Research Projects program are developments for computer-assisted surgery, "smart" stents for wireless monitoring of vascular disease, a contact-lens-based drug delivery system for glaucoma treatment and the first completely automatic anesthesia delivery system.

"By fostering collaboration between disciplines, we're opening up new avenues for research and new opportunities for innovation," said Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. "The projects announced today may lead to new and better ways to diagnose and treat disease, or to promising commercial opportunities for Canadian companies."

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council is a federal agency whose vision is to help make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports some 28,000 students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. It also promotes discovery by funding more than 11,800 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1,500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is the Government of Canada's agency for health research. Their 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, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

Contact Information

  • Gary Toft
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    613-947-2956
    or
    Shannon Cobb
    Media Relations Officer
    Natural Sciences and Engineering
    Research Council of Canada
    613-996-3861
    or
    Media Relations
    Industry Canada
    613-943-2502