Vancouver: Nina Grewal, MP (Fleetwood-Port Kells), along with the Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, visited world class research facilities at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. The facilities were The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and the Brain Behaviour Laboratory at UBC.
“Through the cooperation of organizations, governments and research institutions, we are continuing to find sophisticated new research techniques that evolve our ability to improve health outcomes and increase treatment options for Canadians,” said Mrs. Grewal. “That’s why we look to organizations such as the Centre for Drug Research and Development and UBC, because together with research and funding, we can begin to protect the health of our nation and improve the quality of life for Canadians.”
“Our Government is committed to investing in research that will help improve the health of Canadians,” said the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health. “The Centre for Drug Research and Development and the University of British Columbia are home to many of Canada’s best researchers, who are world leaders in their fields, and whose hard work and dedication has produced breakthroughs in many areas of health. We are proud to support their efforts to advance science, develop new therapies and improve patient care.”
Health Minister Rona Ambrose and MP Nina Grewal had the chance to interact with researchers and learn more about the partnership between the Government, the CDRD, and the UBC Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, and also how their teamwork is creating jobs and new health options for Canadians. In 2012-2013, CIHR invested $110 million in health research at UBC. Additionally, UBC Djavad received $10 million in funding from Industry Canada. For the CDRD, the Government of Canada committed $22.2 million in funding over 10 years.
“Today we saw first-hand what our federal government’s financial support is doing to assist these groundbreaking facilities. Not only is it creating new treatment options for Canadians, but it is also creating new jobs. These projects are examples of organizations that will spur on the long-term growth of our country and secure a greater prosperity for our future. To me, this is a win-win,” concluded Ms. Grewal.