Investing in Better Health

New research networks aim to improve the health of Canadians living with chronic disease

March 31, 2016 – Hamilton, Ontario – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, today announced a major investment in research that will strive to make life better for Canadians living with chronic illnesses. Through the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), the Government of Canada is providing $62.25 million to support five new pan-Canadian research networks in chronic disease. Minister Philpott made the announcement at an event held at McMaster University in Hamilton.

These networks will connect researchers, health professionals, policy makers and patients across the country to improve the health of Canadians living with chronic diseases. They will address research priorities identified by patients and accelerate the translation of research findings into patient care and health care policy. The focus areas of the research include diabetes, chronic pain, child disability, gastrointestinal disorders, and chronic kidney disease.

What makes these networks so unique is that patients have been involved from the beginning, working in collaboration with researchers to ensure that the focus of this research aligns with what really matters to them. Their voices are essential because, at the end of the day, these efforts are all about making life better for patients.

The funding from the Government of Canada is being provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The networks will also receive $126 million from partners, including universities, hospitals, industry, health charities, and provincial agencies.

Quotes

“SPOR provides a valuable platform for the federal government to work with partners across the country to improve health care for Canadians. We are pleased to support these networks whose work will lead to better health and a better quality of life for Canadians and help reduce the burden of chronic diseases on our health care system.”
– The Honourable Jane Philpott
Minister of Health

“These networks will produce innovations that improve the health of Canadians and position Canada as a global leader in research on these chronic diseases. We thank all the partners supporting these networks for their strong commitment and generous contributions.”
– Dr. Alain Beaudet
President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research