Government of Canada supports healthier smiles

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National research network receives $850,000 to advance oral health research to better address the needs of Canadians

December 11, 2017 – Montreal, Quebec – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

A national research network will receive additional funding from the Government of Canada to support its work to improve the oral health of Canadians through strong collaboration, education, and training. The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, today announced funding of $850,000 for the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

The Network, led by Dr. Alain Moreau at le Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine and Université de Montreal, connects more than 440 members across the country, including researchers, trainees, dental professionals, and industry representatives. Dr. Moreau and his team foster interdisciplinary research, provide mentorship and training opportunities, and facilitate the translation of research into knowledge that leads to better oral health. They also serve an important role in focusing research into oral health issues affecting children, seniors, and Indigenous peoples, and issues related to aging and complex diseases.


“Good oral health is linked to good overall health and well-being. We are proud to support the work of this team of researchers and their contributions to improving the health of Canadians.”
- Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health

“Canada is home to many outstanding craniofacial and oral health researchers; oral health has a large influence on overall health and quality of life. This key network fosters collaboration, trains new scientists, and engages patients so that discoveries can be translated to the health of Canadians.”
- Dr. Karim Khan
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis

“Oral health is a global priority and encompasses many important pediatric and adult diseases that affect a great number of Canadians. Our mandate addresses challenging and unmet needs by creating an environment to foster collaboration and scientific excellence as well by translating our discoveries into tools that have an impact on both human health and society.”
- Dr. Alain Moreau
Director, Network for Canadian Oral Health Research

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