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

August 20, 2008

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TORONTO, August 20, 2008— The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced today support for large-scale research infrastructure, under its Research Hospital Fund (RHF), for :

  • Research in major diseases of relevance to the Canadian population, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus/obesity, rheumatology and neurodegenerative disorders at University Health Network (UHN);
  • Research addressing child health from the molecular level to the individual level at the Hospital for Sick Children;
  • Imaging, image-guided intervention and clinical research at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre;
  • Research in mental illness and addiction with a focus on prevention at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI, was joined at The Hospital for Sick Children by Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, to make the announcement.

“The importance of the Research Hospital Fund cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Eliot Phillipson, of the CFI. “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.

“This investment will increase Canada’s capacity to conduct world-class research in critical health-related areas. It will give us new insights into the causes of illness, and new approaches to prevention and treatment. It will also give us improved health care delivery systems, and ultimately, an improved quality of life for all Canadians,” said Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry.

"Today we're witnessing a turning point in mental illness and addiction research, thanks to the generosity, support and faith of the CFI. This grant gives our scientists many of the tools they need to help CAMH dramatically improve client, community, and workplace health, and reduce the burden and impact of mental illness and addiction on the health care system, "said CAMH President and CEO, Dr. Paul Garfinkel.

"This new investment from CFI will provide a significant boost in helping UHN achieve global impact," said Dr. Bob Bell, president and CEO of UHN. "It will allow our research community to establish critical new resources that will transform health care for our patients, our community and the world."

“The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) will receive more than $90 million for research infrastructure. “CFI’s investment is a testament to the government’s commitment to science and technology innovation at SickKids,” said Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO, SickKids. “Research is fundamental to our vision of Healthier Children. A Better World. This investment will allow our internationally-renowned researchers to work together at one location where their combined expertise will lead to discoveries and innovative treatments that will improve not only the health of children but will also have a real impact on the health of adults and future generations to come.”

“The CFI’s investment to establish Canada’s first centre dedicated to research in image-guided therapeutics is a tribute to our world-class scientists and their teams, and the quality of the work that we do here,” said Dr. Barry McLellan, President and CEO of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. “It will allow us to accelerate discovery so that we can get new and better treatments to our patients sooner and in doing so achieve our vision of inventing the future of health care.”

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 complete list of the projects approved 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]
Karina Dahlin
Media contact
The Hospital for Sick Children
Tel.: 416-813-6379
karina.dahlin [at]