May 14, 2013
A new Montréal study conducted by Dr. May Faraj, associate research professor at the Université de Montréal and invited scientist at the IRCM, along with her research team and medical collaborators, shows that the number of particles carrying bad cholesterol in the blood is an important factor in promoting the risk for type 2 diabetes in obese individuals. Their results are published in the May issue of the Journal of Lipid Research. This scientific breakthrough may help prevent diabetes by targeting treatments to higher-risk individuals.
May 9, 2013
May 8, 2013
The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, marked the beginning of Mental Health Week in Canada with the announcement of new initiatives to help Canadian veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their families.
Minister Blaney launched a new PTSD Coach Canada mobile app developed by Veterans Affairs Canada, in partnership with the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Mental Health Association. PTSD Coach Canada will provide Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces personnel, and civilians with PTSD with a new way to help manage their symptoms.
The Minister also announced CIHR funding for a two-year study involving 140 clinicians that will examine how effectively they are using cognitive processing therapy to treat adults with PTSD.
April 26, 2013
New research projects to enhance bioinformatics and computational biology tools and methodologies
New Canadian bioinformatics and computational biology research projects will help manage, analyze and interpret vast amounts of genomics data to accelerate advances in personalized medicine, public health and other areas of importance to Canadians and the economy.
April 22, 2013
April 8, 2013
March 26, 2013
Canadians with debilitating diseases will soon benefit from new personalized approaches to treatment thanks to researchers across the country and funding from the Government of Canada.
The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced the results of a major $150-million genomics and personalized health competition, a Genome Canada-Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) partnership. The announcement was made alongside Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, during a visit to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), to learn more about a project exploring the genetic basis of autism.
Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan–St. Paul, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $13.7 million to support four research projects in Ontario.
Seventeen projects in total have been approved for funding, each valued in the range of $3 million to $13 million. The projects will be spearheaded by some of Canada's top researchers and leading teams at academic institutions in Quebec (eight projects), Ontario (four projects), Alberta (one project) and British Columbia (four projects).
March 19, 2013
March 18, 2013
Government of Canada announces new Canada Research Chairs
The Canada Research Chairs program has positioned Canada as an international leader and destination of choice in research and development. In total, the Government of Canada will provide $90.6 million in support to 120 newly awarded and renewed Canada Research Chairs. The research, which will be conducted at 39 Canadian institutions, has potential benefits for Canadians and their families, businesses, practitioners and policy-makers. Of this total, 19 researchers have been recruited from abroad, including 10 Canadians returning to work in their home country—demonstrating the success of the program in attracting and supporting research excellence in Canada.
January 28, 2013
CIHR funded researcher as collaborating partner in a major brain project out of the European Union (EU)
Dr. Alan Evans, CIHR funded scientist of the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University is acting as the Canadian representative scientist to the EU's newly funded Human Brain Project (HBP). The goal of the project is to garner a new understanding of the brain and its diseases and of completely new computing and robotic technologies. The project will unite more than 80 international research institutions in the study of the complexities of the human brain. The HBP, which is set to last 10 years, has been launched today through funding by the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) initiative. The project will be coordinated at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, and headed by neuroscientist Henry Markram. Dr. Evans's contribution of ultra high-resolution 3D brain maps and brain imaging infrastructure will allow the integration of Canadian neuroscientists into an eventual global brain project.
January 10, 2013
CIHR is pleased to announce the release of the Best Practices for Health Research Involving Children and Adolescents, as a result of our partnership with the McGill Centre of Genomics and Policy and the Maternal Infant Child and Youth Research Network.