Organization: Health Canada

New science committee set up to coordinate funding agencies

Ottawa has announced a new committee that will coordinate and support the efforts of research funding agencies to make sure that researchers get the most from the government. The new Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) will coordinate among three federal granting agencies—the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research…

GRDI launches two new genomics projects

The federal Genomics Research and Development Initiative (GRDI) has announced $4 million for two new projects as part of a multi-departmental initiative to position themselves as key national and international players in the genomics field. The Antimicrobial Resistance project will explore how to make food production safer by reducing bacterial and microbial resistance. The EcoBiomics…

RSC launches two new expert panel reports

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) has launched two new expert panels, one sponsored by Health Canada and the other self generated. The first is a Review of Safety Code 6: Potential Health Risks of Radiofrequency Fields from Wireless Telecommunications Devices. It is an update of a previous RSC report published in 1999. It will…

New post-market drug research network launched

Health Canada has announced a major increase in funding for the fledgling Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN) to conduct research into the long-term safety of prescription drugs after they have reached the market. Launched in June/08 with $1 million in funding, DSEN will receive $32 million over the next five years, and $10 million…

GHRI links Canadian and foreign researchers

The Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) is providing $20 million for 13 teams comprised of Canadian and foreign researchers to examine issues related to pressing health problems in the developing world. Each team will receive $1.6 million over four years. The awards were made through the Teasdale-Corti Team Grants program and were chosen through peer…

Feds make changes to drug patent legislation

The federal government has introduced changes to the regulations governing patented medicines that is says will strengthen the economy “by restoring certainty, predictability and balance to Canada’s intellectual property framework for pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals”. Effective October 5/06, the changes to Health Canada regulations extend the period of market exclusivity for new and innovative drugs from…

TRLabs wins public health R&D contract

TRLabs and TDV Global Inc have entered a three-year, $900,000 R&D project the develop a range of critical software tools for use by the Canadian Network for Public Health Intelligence (CNPHI). TDV, an Ottawa-based strategic management consulting firm with branches in Winnipeg and Halifax, is heading up CNPHI in conjunction with Health Canada, the Univ…

AAAS in Ottawa for meetings next month

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will hold a series of meetings when they convene in Ottawa in conjunction with Industry Canada’s regional summit. AAAS members will attend the forum on October 2. They are also planning meetings with Canadian S&T stakeholders, including the Council of Science and Technology Advisors, the heads…