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The Government of Canada funds National Neurological Study

September 29, 2011
For Immediate Release

Fact Sheet: Neurological Pojects

(Ottawa) – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) today announced that 10 new research projects will benefit from an approximately $6 million investment from the Government of Canada.“These studies touch on neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and neuromuscular conditions. Through this research, we will gain reliable information on the extent of neurological conditions and their effects on Canadians,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “Together with our partners, our government is working to reduce the burden of neurological disease in Canada.”

The funding announced will support research being carried out across Canada. The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC), a coalition of 26 neurological charities, to implement these studies. The investment announced today is part of the Government of Canada’s $15 million commitment to the first-ever National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions.

“Upon the completion of the National Population Health Study in 2013, we will have new critical information to further assist governments, neurological health charities, caregivers and those living with neurological conditions. We look forward to using this information in determining priorities going forward,” said Minister Wong.

The studies announced today will deepen our understanding of the effects of neurological conditions on the lives of Canadians and their families and the ability of health, social and community services to support them.

For more information, please contact:

Health Canada
Cailin Rodgers
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health
(613) 957-0200

Media Relations
Public Health Agency of Canada
(613) 941-8189