Harper Government and Rx&D Health Research Foundation Invest in Patient Care

For immediate release -

2012-21

Montreal, Québec – April 26, 2012 – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, announced today a partnership between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Rx&D Health Research Foundation (HRF) to foster innovation in healthcare delivery.

Minister Aglukkaq visits the fitness centre adapted for seniors at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal. Minister Aglukkaq met with Dr. Louis Bherer who is trying to find ways to delay the onset of seniors' cognitive decline through exercise. His work could help delay the onset of Alzheimer's or Parkinson's.

"We are pleased to support research that will inform how to best deliver healthcare in our country," said Minister Aglukkaq. "The projects to be funded will be innovative, linked to current health priorities, take into consideration patients input, and be rapidly applied to the Canadian health care system."

Applicants will be required to demonstrate how their research includes both healthcare decision makers and patients as active partners. This approach will help improve health care delivery.

"HRF is proud to partner with CIHR to support research that will make a difference in how patients are cared for in Canada," said Dr. Philippe Couillard, Chair of the HRF Board of Directors. "The innovative projects to be funded will position research as close to patient values as possible to improve sustainability and patient satisfaction."

Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of CIHR, added "Researchers must demonstrate how their projects can strengthen our healthcare system. By bringing patients together with researchers and decision-makers, research results will translate into meaningful improvements in healthcare delivery for Canadians."

The new initiative will be launched in June 2012 and successful teams will receive up to three years of funding starting in 2013. The selection of projects will include a CIHR competitive merit review process.

The CIHR-HRF research program is part of Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research, a national initiative to ensure better translation of research findings into clinical practice. Minister Aglukkaq announced the strategy last August - and it will result in better alignment of research efforts with patients needs.


Minister Aglukkaq announced a new research investment in patient care at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal. From left to right: Mr. Russell Williams, President of Rx&D; Dr. Philippe Couillard, Chair of the Health Research Foundation Board of Directors; the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health; Dr. Alain Beaudet, President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research; and Dr. Sylvie Belleville, Director of Research at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal

Backgrounder

About CIHR

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, 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 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

About Rx&D Health Research Foundation

The Rx&D Health Research Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support health research in Canadian academic health centres and to promote the value of health research in Canada. Funded by Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D), the HRF applies the highest standards of scientific excellence to address health challenges of great importance to Canadian society. It accomplishes this through a longstanding tradition of establishing partnerships with the academic field and government. As one of the leading private health research foundations in the country, the HRF contributes significantly to the prevention and treatment of disease and to a better health care system.

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Further Information:

Cailin Rodgers, Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, 613-957-0200

David Coulombe, Media Relations, CIHR, 613-941-4563, mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Christine Choury, Director Media Relations, Rx&D,613-236-0455 ext. 831 cchoury@canadapharma.org