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Message from the Minister of Health - Brain Awareness Week
March 14-20, 2016
For 20 years, Brain Awareness Week has united government agencies, scientific organizations, universities, and volunteer groups worldwide to promote the benefits and progress of brain research. This year’s campaign runs from March 14-20 and I encourage you to take this opportunity to learn more about the amazing work and discoveries in brain research that happen right here in Canada.
As a doctor, I have seen the many challenges faced by families affected by brain diseases, disorders and injuries. I have also seen inspiring examples of the brain’s resilience. The more research can tell us about how the brains works, the better equipped we will be to meet those challenges.
With the support of federal funding, brain scientists in Canada’s hospitals and universities are finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat brain-related illnesses. Over the past five years, the government – through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – has invested $640 million in this kind of important brain research.
We are also building partnerships to maximize the impact of these investments. For example, federal support to the Canada Brain Research Fund has matched private sector funding, and created partnerships with organizations like the Canadian Cancer Society, the Alzheimer Society of Canadian and the ALS Society of Canada. These partnerships have supported more than 130 research projects including research to predict Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia.
As Health Minister, I look forward to seeing more of this kind innovation and the promising research that will help us continue to improve the health and quality of life of Canadians.
The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health
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