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The following is a review of developments affecting health care in Canada

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Healthcare in Canada - October 1998

A $14.5-million, four-year federal National Centers of Excellence grant has launched the new Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN). CAN represents over 100 Canadian scientists and clinicians from over 40 institutions, working together with the support of some 40 institutional and corporate partners. CAN's collaborative mandate is spearheaded by researchers like Toronto's Dr. Tony Cruz, Dr. Robin Poole, of Montreal, Dr. John Esdaile, of Vancouver, Dr. Cyril Frank, of Calgary, Dr. Jeffrey Dixon, of London, and doctors Edward Keystone and Katherine Siminovitch, both of Toronto. CAN's program director, Dr. Cruz said CAN is an integrated network that combines the strengths of its members and partners to accelerate the application of medical strategies that prevent, diagnose or treat arthritis. Dr. Cruz said CAN will fund research and develop products by partnering with academic institutions, not-for-profit organizations, venture capitalists, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as government agencies. CAN's goal is to eventually become a self-sufficient organization.

On yet another front, The Arthritis Society and the Medical Research Council of Canada (MRC) launched a four-year, $860,000 arthritis research project. Up to 10 arthritis researchers will participate in the new Partnership Challenge Fund project, with the MRC matching The Arthritis Society's funding dollar-for-dollar. In addition, the MRC's $3.5 million Partnership Challenge Fund will support up to 100 young Canadian researchers in a variety of fields relevant to the needs of 23 participating not-for-profit organizations in Canada.

As of this month, the National Research Council, has joined Genome Canada. According to NRC President, Arthur Carty, "NRC has a national biotechnology program with existing expertise in genomics. By joining forces with Genome Canada, we will work together to build a world-class genomics capability for Canada." This latest partnership gives Genome Canada a major boost in its campaign to gather major players in its historic effort to mobilize and build Canada's genomics infrastructure. This is the second major announcement from Genome Canada. In June, the Medical Research Council (MRC) had committed $25 million to back its endorsement of the new initiative. Genome Canada is designed as a structure that will allow the entry and participation of all groups with a stake in genome research, explains Dr. Lap-Chee Tsui, Chair of the Genome Task Force and Geneticist-in-Chief at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. Additional partnerships are anticipated from among the other federal funding councils (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanity Research Council (SSHRC)), government departments (such as Industry Canada, Health Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Natural Resources Canada), private industry, not-for-profit groups (such as the National Cancer Institute of Canada) and university-based research institutes. Genome Canada will also request financial support for its first 5 years of operation on behalf of all members from the next federal budget.

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