Major Investment to Strengthen Capacity for Hospital-Based Research in Hamilton

August 19, 2008

- Backgrounder

HAMILTON, August 19, 2008 — The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced today support for large-scale research infrastructure under its Research Hospital Fund (RHF) for cardiac, vascular and stroke research at the Hamilton General Hospital.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, and Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI, at the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation to make the announcement.

“The importance of the Research Hospital Fund cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Phillipson. “It provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure that Canadian research hospitals remain at the forefront of health research in the highly competitive international research environment, and will assist them in retaining their world-class scientists, and in training the next generation of health researchers.

“All Canadians stand to gain from the science and technology advancements developed by Canada’s research hospitals,” said the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry. “Government of Canada investments are helping to increase research capacity, yield more effective products and services and, ultimately, improve the health and overall quality of life of Canadians.”

“This award will facilitate the David Braley Cardiac, Vascular and Stroke Research Institute to become one of the best in the world, and continue to develop new investigators who will make major scientific discoveries that will help the health of people in Canada, as well as around the world,” said Dr. Salim Yusuf, Director, Population Health Research Institute, VP of Research, Chief Scientific Officer, Hamilton Health Sciences.

The Large-Scale Institutional Endeavours component of the RHF is designed for large-scale research hospital-based projects that require mostly space and other research infrastructure to support excellent research, training, and knowledge translation in one or more research themes of strategic importance to the hospital.

A list of all projects funded by the CFI to date is available here.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created in 1997 by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the ability of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that will benefit Canadians.

For more information:

Yves Melanson
Coordinator, Media Relations
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Tel.: 613-996-3160
Cell.: 613-447-1723
yves.melanson [at] innovation.ca
Heather Pullen
Manager, Public Relations & Communications
Hamilton Health Sciences
Phone (905) 521-2100, ext. 75939
Blackberry (905) 912-0542
pullenh [at] HHSC.CA