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Sonia Sidhu, on Behalf of the Government of Canada, Delivers New Funding to Fight Diabetes 

Residents of Peel face a range of long term health conditions, from diabetes and mental illness to childhood obesity. These diseases pose a serious challenge to patients and to the Canadian health care system, and new solutions are needed.

 

Sonia Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Brampton South announced an investment from the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, of $9.3 million while visiting St. Michael’s Hospital, where three of the research projects will be based.

 

The program, known as the Innovative Clinical Trials Initiative, will include additional funding of $13.3 million from partners, for a total investment of $22.6 million.

 

The investment will provide support over the next four years to seven research projects tackling a range of health issues that matter to Canadians:

  • Reducing the incidence of diabetic foot ulcers – one of the most common and feared side-effects of diabetes, which, if left untreated, can lead to amputations;
  • Reducing the number of unnecessary x-rays and pre-operative tests administered to patients;
  • Supporting doctors to improve opioid- and antibiotic-prescribing practices;
  • Reducing childhood obesity by re-examining the consumption of low-fat versus whole milk;
  • Improving care and outcomes for patients admitted to intensive care units;
  • Helping patients with multiple complex conditions navigate the health care system; and
  • Improving care and recovery for young adults experiencing their first episodes of psychosis, such as schizophrenia.

 

This investment builds upon the previous $7.7 million investment into diabetes research that MP Sonia Sidhu announced in May of this year. This money is supporting the clinical trials of ground-breaking therapies in order to accelerate the development of new treatments for people living with type 1 diabetes.

 

As well, as overweight and obese children are at an increased risk for the premature onset of type 2 diabetes, MP Sidhu rose in the House of Commons in support of Bill S-228, the Child Health Protection Act. Bill S-228 would amend the Food and Drugs Act to prohibit food and beverage marketing directed at children.

 

Combating Diabetes and other long term diseases are part of our government’s strategy to deliver real change and improve the health and lives of all Canadians. This includes focusing on healthy eating, investment in research and treatment, and studying the implementation of a national pharmacare plan.

“Both Childhood Obesity and Diabetes are issues here in our community. The funding announced today will mean new treatments developed right here in Canada to help people suffering in our community, and across the country. Combined with our government’s plan to promote healthy eating, and other funding to combat Diabetes and other diseases, we are working to ensure that all Bramptonians can live healthy lives. Our commitment to delivering quality healthcare is just one of the ways that we are delivering real change for Brampton.”

Sonia Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Brampton South

“Our Government proudly supports science because it has the power to change lives. The projects we are investing in today bring the promise of new treatments and improved quality of life for people with diabetes and mental illness, new insights into tackling childhood obesity, and new tools for health professionals to make the health care system more sustainable and work better for patients.”

Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health

“Thank you to CIHR’s many partners for their generous contributions to this clinical trials research. And thank you to another equally important group – the patients who have generously volunteered their time to lend their voices and perspectives to the structures, aims, and conduct of these research projects. That is what patient-oriented research is all about.”

Michel Perron, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

 

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