Government of Canada announces a $9.7M investment in innovative health research

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Manitoba researchers receive funding for cutting-edge research projects to study mental health, multiple sclerosis, Indigenous health, and more.

January 26, 2018 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Today, while touring the research facilities at the University of Manitoba, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, and Doug Eyolfosn, Member of Parliament for Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia— Headingley, highlighted a federal investment of $372 million to support hundreds of health researchers, from coast to coast. This support, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, will help Canadian researchers study the full spectrum of health issues affecting the lives of Canadians.

While visiting the university, MPs Ouellette and Eyolfson highlighted the $9.7 million in funding that will go to researchers in Manitoba.

MPs Ouellette and Eyolfson highlighted the work of Dr. Josée Lavoie, a University of Manitoba researcher who works on kidney health care in rural and remote Manitoba First Nation communities. Manitoba First Nations have the highest documented prevalence and the second highest incidence of end-stage kidney disease in Canada. Canadians living in rural/remote locations and requiring care experience significant barriers. Dr. Lavoie will receive $1.5 million to support her research.

Other announcements are happening across the country to highlight the diversity and strength of Canada’s health research community. The total amount of funding announced by Minister Petitpas Taylor is $372 million.


“Our Government is fully committed to taking concrete action when it comes to the health and wellbeing of all Canadians. This investment will fund research that will lead to new treatments, breakthroughs, and fundamental advances in health science. We are proud of our researchers, and will continue to support them in their efforts to help keep Canadians healthy and continue their research right here at home.”
Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health

“This $372 million represents an enormous investment in health research for the science community and benefits all of Canada. Through these grants, CIHR is supporting researchers at all career stages, across the entire country, and in all areas of health research. Our investigators have made Canada a global leader in health research.”
Dr. Roderick R. McInnes, CM, O.Ont, MD, PhD, FRSC
Acting President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

“This investment represents our government’s commitment to revitalizing our medical research sector and ensures Canada is a major destination for medical innovation.”
Doug Eyolfson
Member of Parliament for Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley

“These investigators are all leading experts in their fields. This recognition through the highly competitive CIHR project grants program is testament to the high impact of their research and the investigations these funds will support.”
Dr. Digvir Jayas
Vice-President (Research and International) and Distinguished Professor, University of Manitoba

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