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Delegates aim to build effective partnerships to innovate in research areas such as healthy pregnancies, early brain development, child and youth mental health and injury prevention
November 17, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament (Mississauga–Brampton South), today welcomed delegates to the 2014 Innovating Child and Family Health Conference, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health. She was joined by Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Dr. Shoo K. Lee, Scientific Director at CIHR, and Frances Bloomberg, Honorary Patron of the conference.
The main objective of the conference is to ensure that kids’ health research results are transformed into products and services to help families from across the country. The meeting will provide a unique opportunity for delegates to identify partnership and collaboration opportunities that will produce positive results for the benefit of children and their families. These will build on existing Government of Canada initiatives being carried hand-in-hand with partners to increase physical activity, promote healthy pregnancies, prevent injuries, enhance nutrition and support research.
Parliamentary Secretary Adams also presented the recipient of the 2014 CIHR Knowledge Translation award. Dr. Bonnie Stevens from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto was recognized by her colleagues for her outstanding work to improve the assessment and management of pain in infants and children. The annual CIHR Knowledge Translation Award honours health researchers that make an outstanding contribution to the health of Canadians or to the health system by transforming research into tangible tools, products or services.
- The Conference is organized by the Government of Canada through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and its Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health, in collaboration with child and family foundations and organizations from across the country. The event is made possible with support from the SickKids Foundation, the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation.
- The Conference aims to raise the profile of promising and innovative maternal, child and family health research in Canada and foster the development of partnerships with stakeholders to fast track the transformation of those innovative research ideas into real life products or services.
- CIHR is the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency. It supports more 13,000 researchers and trainees across Canada.
- CIHR, through its Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health, promotes and supports research that improves the health of children and families in Canada.
- Between 2006 and 2013, the Government of Canada has invested over $842 million through CIHR to support Canadian researchers working on reproductive, maternal, child and youth health challenges.
“Over the last fifty years, we have made remarkable progress in furthering our understanding of healthy child development, and we are committed to continuing the trend. This conference comes at a very opportune time, as we prepare to celebrate National Child Day, it will provide an important opportunity to discuss how we can support the health of young Canadians and their families.”
– Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I want to extend my congratulations to the winner of this year’s Canadian Institutes of Health Research Knowledge Translation Award, Dr. Bonnie Stevens. Her work speaks to the excellence of our research community in bringing solutions to today’s health care issues that will translate into healthier, happier Canadians tomorrow. This conference provides an important opportunity to discuss how we can support the health of young Canadians and their families.”
– Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament (Mississauga-Brampton South)
“Through research and innovation, we can improve the lives of Canadians. But in order to be truly innovative – and transformative – we need to reach out to patients, partners and stakeholders. We need to find new ways to collaborate and share expertise so that promising health research results and findings are transformed into real life products and services.”
– Dr. Alain Beaudet, President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
“Canada has the potential to be a world leader in terms of child and family health outcomes. Today’s event is a profound opportunity for key stakeholders to come together and make child and family health a priority, and by doing so advance the health and well-being of Canada’s future generations. It is a testament to Canada’s commitment to children and their families.”
– Dr. Shoo K. Lee, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health
“I feel honoured to participate in this exciting partnership between government and private sector health care leadership. Women’s and infants’ health and research is something that I know Canadians care deeply about, and I am confident that this gathering of innovative and dedicated leaders will allow for new opportunities and better outcomes.”
– Frances Bloomberg, Honorary Patron of the conference
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
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 health care system for Canadians. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,200 health researchers and trainees across Canada.