Harper Government Invests in a Stronger Health Care System
Researchers to study programs for FASD and autism in Atlantic Canada
For immediate release –
Halifax, Nova Scotia (July 26, 2012) – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today announced funding for research that aims to help the parents of children diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
"Our Government is committed to continuously finding ways to improve the health care system for Canadians," said Minister Aglukkaq. "We are pleased to invest in this research, which will provide new information to guide policies and programs for children with FASD and autism and their families."
The funding will support two projects to be led by researchers at IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University.
- Dr. Isabel Smith and her team will study the effectiveness of early intensive behavioural intervention programs for children with ASD in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The project is co-funded by CIHR, New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, and Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation.
The two projects are among 27 projects recently funded through CIHR's Partnerships for Health System Improvement program. The program supports teams of researchers and health care decision makers that work together to develop and implement solutions to health care challenges. Projects are co-funded by partners in the public and private sectors. The program is an example of how the Harper Government is working with partners to improve health care across the country.
"We and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation are proud to partner with CIHR to offer this important opportunity to Atlantic Canada's health research community and specifically Dr. Smith's research," said Krista Connell, CEO, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. "The collaborative spirit of the PHSI program is not only highlighted in the funding of the research, it's also seen in the partnerships the research teams form with decision makers and end users, ultimately creating valuable research that doesn't sit on the shelf and can be put into practice right away."
From left to right: Dr. Bruno Battistini, Chief Executive Officer, New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, Dr. Isabel Smith, CIHR-PHSI grant recipient, Psychologist, Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, Dr. Patrick McGrath, CIHR-PHSI grant recipient, Vice President Research, IWK Health Centre, Ms. Krista Connell, Chief Executive Officer, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, and Ms. Anne McGuire, President and Chief Executive Officer, IWK Health Centre
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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
Cailin Rodgers, Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, 613-957-0200
David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, 613-941-4563, Cell: 613-808-7526
Melanie MacKay, Public Relations Coordinator, IWK Health Centre, 902-470-6740