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Contact: David Coulombe
david.coulombe@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
613-941-4563
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Government of Canada supports scientific research to deepen knowledge of H1N1 flu virus

This press release is available in French.

Winnipeg (October 14, 2009) – The Government of Canada through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) today announced support for five new research projects designed to help further understand and address the H1N1 flu virus.

"Canada is a global leader in H1N1 flu virus research, including research with our international partners on a safe and effective H1N1 vaccine," said Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq. "The scientific research we are funding today will help ensure that our knowledge, approach and planning remain among the best in the world."

The research announced today – a total $2.4 million over 2 years - is being funded through CIHR's Catalyst Grant program, which provides short-term funding for targeted health research activities. The projects were selected through a rigorous, independent peer review process following a call for applications issued in July 2009.

"In terms of research into the H1N1 flu virus, Canada and the international community have come a long way in a short time. However, important questions remain," said Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of CIHR. "The funding announced today will help ensure that Canada continues to contribute to the body of H1N1 knowledge in areas such as immunity and health care response."

The five research projects announced today are:

This research builds on the work being done by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the CIHR Influenza Research Network.

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About the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency for health research. 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 Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to nearly 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada. www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Media inquiries:

Josée Bellemare
Office of Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of Health
613-957-0200

David Coulombe
CIHR Media Relations
Telephone: 613-941-4563
Cell phone: 613-808-7526



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