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About Sickkids
About SickKids

July 18, 2008

Barwick recipient of $4.4 million CIHR grant to improve the mental health of Canadians

Toronto – Dr. Melanie Barwick, psychologist, Community Health Systems Resource Group, and associate scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), is one of three recipients of a $4.4 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), announced today in Winnipeg by Steven Fletcher, Parliamentary Secretary for Health, on behalf of Tony Clement, Minister of Health.

The funding will support three separate research teams investigating how to improve the application of mental health research. Barwick will use the resources provided to develop and evaluate an innovative implementation model to bring evidence based practices into both the children's mental health and education sectors.

The three funded research projects underwent a rigorous peer-review process before being approved and exemplify CIHR's comprehensive, problem-based approach to funding excellence in health research.

With this funding, the research teams will develop strategies and guidelines to address mental health issues, and will strive to change perceptions and attitudes towards mental health conditions.

For more information, please contact:

Public Affairs
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Suite 1742, Public Affairs, First floor Atrium
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-5058
Fax: 416-813-5328