Daily Media Digest March 1, 2018

““This is an unprecedented investment in Canadian research and innovation,” says Dr. Robert McMaster, Chair of Research Canada and VP Research, Vancouver Coastal Health and Executive Director of VCH Research Institute. “The investment of $925 million over five years to Canada’s granting “
TAGS: opioid crisis, early career researchers, Indigenous health, budget 2018


The Globe and Mail
“”I think there’s a message there that they’re going to try to focus and consolidate around the primary funding mechanisms,” said Jim Woodgett, director of research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Toronto. Outside of the Naylor report, more than $600-million of the new science funding …”
TAGS: basic science and research, Budget 2018, Jim Woodgett


Edmonton Journal
“Alberta Health says it will save $150 million over the next two years through a new “funding framework” with the province’s pharmacists that will see a number of fees … In that deal, doctors agreed to lose their retention benefit and a cost-of-living increase if the physician services budget was exceeded.”
TAGS: pharmacists fees, Government agreement, Alberta


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“… through investments in Canada’s granting councils, the Canada Research Chairs and in essential equipment and infrastructure to support innovative research discoveries. We commend the Government’s recognition of the importance of fundamental research in driving innovation and improved health …”
TAGS: Gairdner Foundation response, budget 2018


“Ottawa, ON, February 27, 2018 — The Health Charities Coalition of Canada is delighted to see the increased federal support for fundamental research. This is an important step in strengthening the Canadian health research ecosystem. This support will provide jobs and stimulate the economy, setting the stage for improved prosperity and innovation in the future.”
TAGS: Health Research, fundamental science research, Budget 2018


“Ottawa, February 28, 2018 — The Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) applauds the Government of Canada for its substantial re-investment into fundamental research in Budget 2018. Federal support of discovery-focused research generates the ideas and new knowledge that fuel innovation and is therefore essential to realization of long term societal benefits in health, agriculture, climate, and industry –”
TAGS: fundamental science research, Budget 2018


Toronto Star
“SickKids hospital is chronically overcrowded and has struggled to treat an unprecedented number of children in its emergency department this winter, say opposition critics who are demanding the government provide relief. “This is a hospital that has run out of space,” NDP Health Critic France Gélinas …”
TAGS: busiest season in history, crowded hospital


“Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) has agreed to become a site of research for Elekta’s MR-linac system. … The solution was recently installed this past summer at at the Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in the … “
TAGS: cancer center, research on MR-linac, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre


“The news of being diagnosed with a degenerative disease like Parkinson’s doesn’t come delicately or quickly. The process is protracted, often taking up to a year following exhaustive testing and probing reviews by a neurologist. “It’s largely a process of elimination,” says Bob Shaw of Parkinson Canada.”
TAGS: Parkinson’s, degenerative disease, Mind Over Matter Conference


Business Wire (press release)
“… align public policy to meet the demands of a 21st century economy bringing together: world-class universities and research institutes; biotech entrepreneurs; a significant multinational industry presence; and, a highly educated workforce,” commented Andrew Casey, President and CEO BIOTECanada.”
TAGS: biotechnology, growth, Budget 2018, Andrew Casey


“Typically, to become a licensed psychiatrist in Canada, you have to complete an undergraduate degree, a medical degree, and then a five-year residency in psychiatry before writing exams through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. A sub-specialty in child and adolescent …”
TAGS: psychiatrists, PEI, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons


“The budget provides $925 million in new funding for investigator-led research through Canada’s three federal research councils over the next five years, including $354.7 million each for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research over the …”
TAGS: boost in funding, basic science and research, Budget 2018


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“OTTAWA, Feb. 27, 2018 /CNW/ – Heart & Stroke applauds the Federal Government’s renewed commitment to science with an investment of $1.7 billion over five years for fundamental research and granting council funding, including for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. We also applaud the …”
TAGS: heart and stroke, funding research, granting councils, Budget 2018


“A report released Wednesday collects four years worth of research in what its authors say is the largest-ever urban Indigenous population health study in Canada, and one they hope will provide new insights into the health and health services needs of urban Indigenous people. One of those insights is”
TAGS: Indigenous health, urban centres, New Indigenous report, Dr. Janet Smylie,


Futurity: Research News
“… 70-year-old whose mother developed the disease at age 85,” explains Villeneuve, also of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. Her team of scientists also found that the genetic impact of Alzheimer’s disease is much greater than previously thought.”
TAGS: Alzheimer`s Disease