Industry minister announces funding for U of Calgary
robin kuniski/for metro calgary
More money will give peace of mind to the University of Calgary’s Health Sciences Centre, after the federal government announced the approval of 67 projects totalling just over $15 million.
A large chunk of the money — $5 million — will be given to brain research at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute covering projects in the areas of stress, depression, epilepsy, strokes and workplace mental health.
Federal industry minister, Jim Prentice was in Calgary to announce the funding as a part of an overall investment in national health research of $377 million — with 143 projects and $36 million for Alberta universities.
“This investment of $377 million is part of our government’s commitment to strengthening the health-care system and ensuring that Canadians have access to quality health that meets their needs,” said Prentice.
Prentice said that funding research is essential to provide advancing health products in the future.
U of C president Dr. Harvey Weingarten was grateful for the grants that will help the school’s researchers tackle a wide range of studies.
“It’s an investment in a spirit that allows our researchers to take on more of these challenges,” said Weingarten.