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Conference participants to discuss how to accelerate the development of innovative approaches to improve the lives of children and their families

November 12, 2014 - Ottawa, Ontario - Canadian Institutes of Health Research

On November 17-18, some of Canada's leading child and family health researchers will meet in Ottawa for the 2014 Innovating Child and Family Health Conference. They will join doctors, patients, parents, caregivers, philanthropists, hospital foundations, and private sector representatives to engage in dynamic discussions with one goal in mind - improving the future health of Canada's children and families. Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament (Mississauga-Brampton), will deliver opening remarks on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health.

Many chronic diseases faced by adults could be prevented through appropriate early childhood interventions and with the right prenatal care. This conference aims to foster the development of partnerships between researchers and stakeholders with an interest in child and family health. The hope is that greater collaboration will help fast track the transformation of research into real life products or services to help children get the best start in life. Participants will explore ways to innovate in areas such as healthy pregnancies, early brain development, child and youth mental health, injury prevention, active lifestyles and healthy weight.

The conference is organized by 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.

Quick Facts

  • The conference stems from the vision of Dr. Shoo K. Lee, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health and Paediatrician-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital.
  • During the day and a half conference, participants will hear from leading Canadian child and family health researchers, as well as community and private stakeholders dedicated to child and family health.
  • CIHR is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. It supports more 13,200 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.

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"Our government, in collaboration with stakeholders from across the country, is committed to supporting families and improving the lives of children through increased research, prevention and public education. I look forward to hearing about the ideas generated and new partnerships stemming from the Child and Family Health Conference to help give the best possible start in life for kids across Canada."
- Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament (Mississauga-Brampton South)

"Canada is home to world-renowned health researchers, and we are fortunate to also benefit of private sector partners that support their efforts. I'm looking forward to participating in the conference discussion and hearing how collaboration between these various stakeholders helps devise solutions to the challenges facing our children and their families today and tomorrow."
- Dr. Alain Beaudet, President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

"Advocacy, social partnerships, and philanthropy play an important role in driving research innovation. By bringing all these sectors together with researchers, we hope to fast track the development of new products, services or treatments that will make a real difference in the health and well-being of our children and their families."
- Dr. Shoo K. Lee, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health

"SickKids Foundation is pleased to support the Innovating Child and Family Health Conference. The conference provides an important forum for discussing the state of child and family health in Canada and to mobilize our medical, volunteer, and donor leadership to improve future health outcomes."
- Ted Garrard, President and CEO, SickKids Foundation

"In the last decade, science and medicine have made extraordinary advances that will have a profound impact on the health and well-being of children and their families. BC Children's Hospital Foundation is privileged to support and participate in engaging key members of the community in this vital dialogue."
- Teri Nicholas, President & CEO, BC Children's Hospital Foundation

"CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation sees the Innovating Child and Family Health Conference as the perfect forum to engage us all on a common front around child health in Canada and building a brighter future for our kids."
- Anièle Lecoq, President and Executive Director, CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation

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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.


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