Minister Bibeau highlights an investment of $11.5 million in more than 16 University of Sherbrooke research projects

News release

This investment will help researchers advance our knowledge of health issues that matter to Canadians, such as diabetes, cancer and maternal health

November 5, 2018 – Sherbrooke, Quebec – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Health researchers and laboratories are at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs that lead to new treatments and knowledge that form the cornerstone of health improvements for Canadians. The Government of Canada is proud to support this important scientific research.

Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and Member of Parliament for Compton–Stanstead, on behalf of the Minister of Health, highlighted an investment of $11.5 million to support 16 health research projects at the University of Sherbrooke. This investment in health research supports our economy and creates high quality middle class jobs.

The Minister spoke about this important investment while touring the lab of diabetes researcher Dr. André Carpentier. Dr. Carpentier received a $1 million grant to study the role of brown fat in obesity and type 2 diabetes. His findings will help guide efforts to prevent and treat diabetes, which is affecting a growing number of Canadians.


“Health research is making a real difference in the lives of Canadians affected by disease. We are proud to make this significant investment. It will allow dedicated researchers to advance the science that will benefit the entire population.”
- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau
Minister of International Development and Member of Parliament for Compton–Stanstead

“I would like to congratulate the University of Sherbrooke’s researchers and their teams of students, laboratory technicians and patient partners for their excellent work and their dedication to advancing scientific knowledge. We are proud to support your outstanding research projects that will have a meaningful impact on the health of all Canadians.”
- Dr. Michael J. Strong
President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

“University of Sherbrooke professors were very successful in the most recent Canadian Institutes of Health Research competition, and their successes will contribute to the development of precision medicine at the University of Sherbrooke. A major portion of this new funding will go to support students enrolled in graduate programs.”
- Jean-Pierre Perreault, Vice-Rector, Research and Graduate Studies

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is the country's single largest investor in health research – primarily through grants funded through CIHR.

  • The projects were funded as part of the two most recent competitions of the Project Grant Program, CIHR’s largest funding program.

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Minister of Health

At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada’s health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.

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