Saskatchewan Health Research Grants Awarded
Eight health researchers at the University of Saskatchewan made history today as the first recipients of a new health research grant program designed to strengthen the province's health research community.
The eight researchers share a total of more than $1.5 million in grants.
Their projects range from population health to gene therapy to medical imaging.
The grant program, announced in May, is a joint initiative of the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Province of Saskatchewan.
"This is an exciting day for the researchers who received the grants, and an exciting day for Saskatchewan because we will all benefit from the results of their research," Health Minister Pat Atkinson said.
The grant program will award up to a total of $10 million over five years. The Province of Saskatchewan has committed $1 million annually for five years and the MRC will match the provincial contribution. These funds are in addition to MRC's regular funding programs.
"The regional partnership program will encourage more of our scientists to do leading-edge health research," Economic and Co-operative Development Minister Janice MacKinnon said. "Through the targeted investments we make in health research and knowledge now, we are laying the groundwork for a dynamic world-class health systems and products industry tomorrow."
An advisory committee composed of representatives from the MRC, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Regina, Saskatchewan Health, Saskatchewan Economic and Co-operative Development and the Health Services Utilization and Research Commission developed the funding criteria and administers the Saskatchewan contribution to the program.
"These research grants demonstrate what committed partners can achieve," said Dr. Barry McLennan, Vice-Chair of the MRC-Saskatchewan Regional Partnership Program advisory committee. "By working in new ways, we can build research capacity and re-invigorate research excellence across the country."
The regional partnership program was created by the MRC in response to an imbalance in funding to researchers in certain areas of Canada and works to build and maintain a critical mass of health researchers in these areas.
Saskatchewan Health's contribution to this program increases its direct investment in health research to more than $5.3 million annually, an increase of 68 per cent since 1991.
For more information, contact:
Phone: (306) 787-4088
Economic and Co-operative Development
Phone: (306) 787-1691
Dr. Barry McLennan
Vice-Chair, MRC-Saskatchewan RPP Advisory Committee
Phone: (306) 966-4338
Medical Research Council
Phone: (613) 954-7143
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