Research Canada Welcomes Ten New Members


OTTAWA, February 17, 2021 – Research Canada: An Alliance for Health Discovery is pleased to welcome ten new Members into its Alliance dedicated to advancing health research and health innovation in Canada: Banting Research Foundation, Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD), Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Cancer Research Society, Gilead Sciences Inc., Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet), MedicAlert Foundation Canada, Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada and University of Regina.

“Our influence as an organization is rooted in the diversity of our membership,” says Dr. Rosie Goldstein, Chair of Research Canada and Professor of Medicine at McGill University. “We are delighted to be furthering Research Canada’s advocacy efforts through the unique and diverse perspectives of these extraordinary organizations,” says Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO of Research Canada.

Research Canada engages all sectors – including government – to build support for health research and innovation. The addition of these new Members into the Alliance strengthens the organization’s ability to represent the interests of the health innovation ecosystem as a whole.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming these new Members into the fold, particularly during a year that has been challenging for so many institutions. We believe this speaks to the dedication of these organizations to advancing health research and innovation and to the value Research Canada provides,” adds Dr. Ann Russell, Co-Chair of Research Canada’s Membership Development and Programs Committee and Senior Director of Learning, Innovation and Research at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. “The health of Canadians is so positively impacted by the enormous amount of research knowledge and practice that these organizations represent. Their work will undoubtedly inspire our ongoing advocacy efforts,” adds Lori Spadorcia, Committee Co-Chair and Senior Vice-President of Public Affairs and Partnerships, Chief Strategy Officer at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

About Research Canada
Research Canada is a national alliance dedicated to increasing investments in health research through collaborative advocacy and engaging government, academia, industry and non-profit sectors to build support for long-term health research funding. For more information, visit

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For inquiries:
Danielle Flieler
Manager of Membership and Development


Research Canada advocates for the prioritization of health research and health innovation in the government to improve the health of Canadians. These new Members provide a breadth of knowledge and expertise across many stages of the research continuum.

Launched in 1925 to support Banting’s legacy of the disruptive discovery of insulin, the Banting Research Foundation’s unique mission is to identify and invest in the potential of young rising stars in health science across Canada by supporting their creative, bold research ideas. Our future health depends on building this research capacity.

The Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD) is a collaborative network of stakeholders working to address the complexities of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). They work to improve FASD intervention, prevention, and diagnostic efforts by bringing together the viewpoints of people with lived experience, professionals, policy makers, and researchers in Canada.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards. This enduring tribute to our country’s rich medical history is showcased on their virtual hall at

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization offering unique capabilities and solutions across a wide range of industries.  World leaders in the development of peaceful and innovative applications of nuclear technology, CNL’s experts perform industry-driven research and development in health sciences, clean energy, environmental stewardship, cyber and nuclear security.

Founded in 1945, the Cancer Research Society is one of the only Canadian organizations exclusively dedicated to research into all types of cancer. Since its inception, the Society has supported thousands of researchers who have made significant advances in cancer prevention, screening and treatment. Thanks to the generosity of partners and donors throughout Canada, the Society has distributed over $326 million in research grants since its creation. In 2020, 70 new research grants valued at $8.8 million were awarded, despite the pandemic having affected fundraising efforts.

Gilead Sciences Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. The company strives to transform and simplify care for people with life-threatening illnesses around the world. Gilead has operations in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

The Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet) is the only national network focusing on the study of bioactive sugars—to help Canadians who are impacted by chronic, infectious or neurodegenerative diseases. As a one-stop global destination for carbohydrate-based health care solutions, GlycoNet brings researchers, clinicians, and industry partners together to accelerate health innovations, support company formation, as well as developing quality talents in order to support a sustainable biotechnology sector and contribute to the Canadian bioeconomy.

MedicAlert Foundation Canada is Canada’s most trusted healthcare emergency information service. As a registered charity, MedicAlert’s goal is to ensure every Canadian can benefit from high-quality health information in a time of need. Since 1961, MedicAlert’s charitable and outreach programs have helped protect over 1 million Canadians and given them the freedom to live their lives more securely and confidently.

The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies) advocates for pharmacy’s role in delivering accessible, high-quality healthcare. Together with their members, they provide solutions through research and advocacy. Neighbourhood Pharmacies’ members serve as frontline healthcare hubs, stepping up and creating capacity in public health and primary care. They engage governments and stakeholders to advance community-based patient care.

With ten faculties and 25 academic departments and schools, the University of Regina is home to more than 400 active researchers, including faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and nine Canada Research Chairs. Ten institutional-level research centres and institutes and numerous faculty-operated centres support research collaboration and partnerships focused on our research strengths.