Statement from Dr. Brian H. Rowe: Supporting Blood and Vascular Research

September 2017

Blood and blood vessels play an integral role in the functioning of the body. Many illnesses which affect the blood and vascular system, ranging from common conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure) to less well-known conditions like aneurysm, may lead to potentially life threatening outcomes. It is estimated that at least 22.7% of Canadian adults aged 20 years and older are living with diagnosed high blood pressure which increases their risk for heart attack, heart failure, stroke and kidney disease. Repair of a ruptured abdominal aneurysm is a very serious medical emergency surgery with survival rates between 10 and 20%.

CIHR supports research at the basic and clinical level that impacts prevention, diagnosis and treatment of most common and life-threatening blood and blood vessel related diseases. Under its mandate, ICRH and CIHR invested over $232 million dollars in funding blood-related research between 2004-2016. This includes support for the Canadian Vascular Network (CVN) – that brings together Canada’s best minds in vascular research with the aim of improving the health of all Canadians through innovative and effective prevention and detection of vascular conditions. In addition, ICRH and CIHR support the Canadian Venous Thromboembolism Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research (CanVECTOR) Network – which operates a pan-Canadian, patient-oriented program centred on venous thromboembolism (VTE) related research, training, and knowledge translation. Recent funding opportunities, which have been offered with partners such as Hypertension Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, aid the study of the pathophysiology,  awareness, prevention and treatment of hypertension.

This month, I would like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of Canadian researchers and patients working in blood and blood vessel-related research across all pillars as well as partners and donors who provide resources that facilitate their work. Your commitment is remarkable; and your contributions have improved health outcomes and continue to make a difference to the health and wellness of Canadians.

Dr. Brian H. Rowe
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health

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