LinkPad - Health News from Around Canada

Government of Canada Invests in new Cancer Research Network

Based at the New Ottawa Hospital, BioCanRx will be one of four new Networks of Centres of Excellence. It will receive $25 million over the next five years to support collaborative research aimed at developing novel Canadian therapies to fight against cancer.

The network will play an important role in fast-tracking the most promising discoveries from the lab through to proof of concept, manufacturing and clinical testing. It will also incorporate patient outreach into the research program, help spread knowledge to end users and receive critical feedback about cancer treatment. BioCanRx will seek to make Canada more competitive in biotherapeutics and reduce the human and financial cost of cancer.

Investment in BioCanRx resulted from the most recent competition in the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. The competition resulted in four new networks receiving funding and one existing network being renewed for a second five-year term.

Read more about the Networks of Centres of Excellence in Canada here.

Stronger Leadership Needed in Canadian Healthcare

A new report from Accreditation Canada examines the health care leadership in various Canadian organizations during 2013. The report concludes that health care leaders in Canada must work together to strengthen the Canadian health care system and reduce the gap in leadership. The report also highlights positives when it comes to the Canadian health care system such as: health care managers being able to understand the needs and health requirements of their community; allocating financial resources in a more effective manner; and improving the process of client flow throughout the organization.

Read the full report here and find out more about Accreditation Canada here.

Global Health Innovations Funded in India

Grand Challenges Canada, recently announced an investment of up to $3.1 million in 11 innovations in India, designed to save and improve the lives of women and children.  

Among the projects that will receive funding is the ‘Aina device’, a mobile blood monitoring device that plugs into a smartphone and enables the testing of six basic blood parameters. This device can be easily used in home, clinical or remote settings, and allows for transmission of medical data directly from patients to health professionals.  In addition ten proof-of-concept projects will receive $112,000 each.

Grand Challenges Canada is an initiative, funded by the Government of Canada. It is committed to supporting ideas that will impact global health, the initiative funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada and are related to science and technology, social and business innovation.

To read more about Grand Challenges Canada head here and to find out more about the projects being funded go here.

Eli Lilly Canada wishes you a safe and happy holiday and all the best for 2015!