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Ottawa, province create $22-M program to improve patient care

Health Minister Rona Ambrose

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Health Minister Rona Ambrose

Manitoba medical researchers -- and ultimately patient care -- received a $22.4-million injection today.

Federal health minister Rona Ambrose and her provincial counterpart Erin Selby announced each government will contribute $11.2 million over five years to create a provincial Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) unit.

The unit will facilitate research by identifying and addressing the needs of patients.

In Manitoba, one project will see 3,000 residents in 11 First Nations communities be screened for kidney disease.

"I believe research and innovation are key to having a sustainable health care system," said Ambrose at the announcement.

Ambrose said the research will lead to "the right patient receives the right treatment at the right time."

Selby said the unit will show "how research can directly influence the lives and outcomes of patients."

Later today Ambrose said she will attend the official opening if the JC Wilt Infectious Diseases Research Centre. The centre will help Canada create vaccines and will be a hub of HIV/AIDS lab research in this country.

Kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

 

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