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Source: St. Mary's University

Canada Research Chair in ACS Gets Big Support for Health Research Project

October 20, 2006

Dr. Peter
Twohig, Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies (ACS) at Saint
Mary’s, received some good news today.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister Responsible for Nova Scotia, on behalf
of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, highlighted along with
Dr. Alan Bernstein, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
(CIHR), that Dr. Twohig will receive major support for his research. Dr.
Twohig’s research will examine how different health professions work
together to better care for patients and strengthen Canada’s health care

The professor in the Faculty of Arts at Saint Mary’s is one of 50 recipients
of an investment of $8 million to fund health research in Nova Scotia.

"Promoting ground breaking health research is a crucial component of our
government's plan to build a healthy, prosperous and innovative Canada,"
said Minister MacKay. "The funding will help enhance the health research
capabilities of our institutions across Nova Scotia, which will benefit all

The 50 research projects funded will be conducted at universities and
research institutions throughout the province. The studies will be carried
out over periods of one to five years and cover a wide spectrum of health
research. Minister MacKay highlighted four researchers whose work
exemplifies CIHR's comprehensive, problem-based approach to funding health

"I take tremendous pleasure in seeing how CIHR’s programs are supporting
talented and committed Canadian researchers in all areas of health and how
their research is leading to important new findings that will benefit all of
us," said Dr. Bernstein.

The funding highlighted is part of a larger package announced by the
Minister of Health.

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 catalyze 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 over 10,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

Saint Mary's University is known for its community outreach projects, both
in Canada and around the world. Saint Mary's, founded in 1802, is home to
one of Canada's leading business schools, a Science Faculty widely known for
its cutting-edge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty and a
vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.


For More Information:

Paul Fitzgerald
Public Affairs Officer
Saint Mary's University, Public Affairs
(902) 420.5514



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