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August 20, 2008

SickKids receives over $91 million in CFI funding to support research infrastructure

TORONTO – The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) will receive $91,119,176 in funding for research infrastructure under the Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) Large-Scale Institutional Endeavours (LSIE) component of the Research Hospital Fund (RHF) , announced today by Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO, CFI, and Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry.
“CFI's investment is a testament to the government's commitment to science and technology innovation at SickKids,” says Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO, SickKids. “This investment will allow our researchers to work together at one location where their combined expertise will lead to discoveries and innovative treatments that will improve not only the health of children but will have a real impact on the health of adults and future generations to come.”

The funding awarded to SickKids is part of a total investment of $554 million by CFI to support eight exceptional large-scale research hospital-based infrastructure projects across the country. This investment will increase Canada 's capacity to conduct world-class research in critical health-related areas, while promoting more integrated and multidisciplinary approaches to health research.

“This award represents a strategic boost to the research capacity of The Hospital for Sick Children,” says Phillipson. “This CFI investment will further develop Canada 's global reputation as a place where outstanding research and training is being conducted. ”

SickKids Research Institute is at the forefront of efforts to benefit the health of children worldwide. Investment in infrastructure for researchers will enhance SickKids Research Institute's ability to recruit and retain among the best scientists in the world and encourage scientific collaborations by consolidating the Research Institute, to be housed within a single location.

“This investment in research will be a major catalyst to advances and innovation in child health, locally, nationally and internationally,” says Janet Rossant, Chief of Research, SickKids Research Institute. “It will ensure that SickKids remains at the forefront of child health research worldwide and help us work toward our vision of Healthier Children. A Better World.”

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