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April 24, 2007

Ontario announces over $11 million provincial match for innovative SickKids centres

Two new centres at The Hospital for Sick Children will receive more than $11 million in support from the Ontario Research Fund (ORF) Research Infrastructure Program, announced today by Deputy Premier George Smitherman, on behalf of Premier and Minister of Research and Innovation Dalton McGuinty. A key component of the province's Research and Commercialization Strategy, the fund aims to keep Ontario's researchers at the leading-edge in priority economic sectors. The Research Infrastructure Program supports new infrastructure through matching funds towards projects that have been awarded grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Together with federal funding, the centres have received more than $22 million in government support.

Accelerating discoveries from the lab to the clinic is the goal of the Centre for the Study of Complex Childhood Diseases, led by Dr. Martin Post, head and senior scientist, Physiology & Experimental Medicine. The centre-the first of its kind in Canada-will focus on the origins during the fetal period or early childhood of adult diseases such as cardiovascular disease, asthma, cystic fibrosis, obesity and diabetes, and will draw top international researchers to Ontario and create collaborative networks with industry partners, advancing the development of effective therapies.

The Centre for the Investigation of Neuroplasticity in Developmental Disorders will explore how the brain compensates for injury or disease, and ultimately heals itself. Scientists led by Dr. Carter Snead III, senior scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health, will focus on finding answers to such critical questions. The centre positions Ontario and Canada as a leader in understanding neuroplasticity - the brain's ability to form new nerve connections to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust to new situations or changes in the environment. Researchers will have access to an extensive combination of resources: imaging, molecular and behavioural research facilities and access to large clinical populations. The discoveries that emerge from the research will help shape new treatments for conditions such as epilepsy, brain tumours, development delay, chronic pain, strokes or brain injury due to accidents, creating major health benefits for children.