Harper Government Strengthens Bone Health ResearchResearch teams aim to improve quality of life of Canadians by developing more effective treatments and understanding of bone health issues
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Hamilton, Ontario (July 19, 2012) – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today announced funding to support three research teams that will aim to improve care for patients with wrist fractures and find new ways to prevent or treat bone loss.
"Our Government is committed to helping Canadians lead healthy, active lifestyles," said Minister Aglukkaq. "I am pleased that we are supporting research to help people maintain strong bones, providing the foundation for healthy lives."
The three projects announced today address ongoing challenges in bone health:
- Dr. Joy MacDermid at McMaster University will study how to better manage patients with wrist fractures.
- Dr. Michael Glogauer at the University of Toronto will seek new ways to identify bone loss in gum disease.
- Dr. Robert Young at Simon Fraser University will investigate new drugs to promote bone regeneration.
The projects are funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
"These projects emphasize the important connection between bone health, physical activity and overall health," said Dr. Philip Gardiner, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis. "We extend our sincere congratulations to the funded teams and wish them every success as they begin working on their projects."
Cailin Rodgers, Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, 613-957-0200
David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, 613-941-4563
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