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Canada and Israel team up to explore frontiers of health research – seven-year, $35 million program

TORONTO, June 25, 2015 /CNW/ – The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance, today announced, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health that Canada and Israel are teaming up on a bold new research effort to improve our understanding of human health and disease. Minister Oliver was joined by His Excellency Rafael Barak, Israel’s Ambassador to Canada, Dr. Naomi Azrieli, Chair and CEO of the Azrieli Foundation, Dr. Jean Lebel, President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

The joint Canada-Israel Health Research Program is a seven-year, $35 million program that draws on the scientific strengths of Canadian and Israeli researchers in the broad field of biomedicine. The program will fund up to 30 research projects involving researchers from Canada and Israel with an initial focus on the neurosciences.

Quick Facts

  • The joint Canada-Israel Health Research Program will provide funding for Canadian and Israeli researchers to assemble world-class research teams working in cutting-edge areas of biomedical science, with an initial focus on the neurosciences.
  • Some 30 grants worth $1 million each will be awarded over the 7-year program. Each grant will include the participation of established researchers and graduate students from low- and middle-income countries.
  • The Government of Canada is the largest single investor in health research in Canada. It is also a global leader in the field of international health research. Through CIHR, the federal government is supporting more than 13,700 health researchers and trainees across Canada. Through Canada’s IDRC, it is also investing in science that improves maternal and child health, combats crippling diseases, and builds more resilient health systems.
  • The Israel Science Foundation is the primary public funding body supporting and promoting basic research in Israel. The ISF’s research grants are awarded on a competitive basis, according to the highest standards of scientific excellence.

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