Press Release: Governments strengthen health research in Manitoba

Press Release: Governments strengthen health research in Manitoba


February 21, 2014 - 09:14 - 10:30
Team: Events, Training & News
Posted on February 21, 2014

Press Release: Governments strengthen health research in Manitoba

Team: Events, Training & News

February 21, 2014 - 09:14 - 10:30


SUPPORT Unit builds foundation for patient-oriented research.

February 21, 2014 – Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Manitoba Health Minister Erin Selby were joined by Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Dr. Digvir Jayas, Vice-President Research, University of Manitoba, to announce the launch of the Manitoba SUPPORT Unit for patient-oriented research.

SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Units are provincial or regional centres that connect patients, researchers, policy makers, funders, and health care professionals to help attract, train, and mentor health care professionals and patient-oriented researchers.

Ultimately, the SUPPORT Units are about improving health outcomes for patients.  They will provide the infrastructure needed to improve health care practices, therapies, and policies.  They will ensure new and innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches are applied when and where needed, for the benefit of Canadian patients.

“We are delighted that the Province, the University of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Health Region have come together to create this innovative partnership with CIHR,” said Terry Klassen, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Medicine, and Academic Director of the George and Fay Centre for Healthcare Innovation.

“The SUPPORT Unit will provide unprecedented, province-wide support to healthcare researchers and clinicians through the George and Fay Centre for Healthcare Innovation that will foster patient engagement, advance the quality and quantity of clinical research within Manitoba, and ultimately improve patient care.”


Quick Facts

Government of Canada Funding: $11.2 million

Government of Manitoba Funding: $11.2 million

Total Funding: $22.4 million, over five years


About SUPPORT Units:

Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) Units are locally accessible, multidisciplinary clusters of specialized research resources, policy knowledge, and patient perspective. SUPPORT Units provide the necessary expertise to pursue patient-oriented research and help lead reforms in response to locally-driven health care needs. They also lead and facilitate decision-making within the health services setting, foster the implementation of best practices, and promote collaboration among researchers engaged in patient-oriented research.

The objectives of a SUPPORT Unit are to:

  • Identify and address the needs of patients and knowledge users by facilitating research;
  • Provide specialized and multidisciplinary methodological expertise in patient-oriented research and its application;
  • Assist decision makers and investigators identify and design research studies, conduct bio-statistical analyses, manage data, provide and teach project management skills, and ensure studies meet regulatory standards;
  • Advance methods and training in comparative effectiveness research and develop the next generation of methodologists;
  • Provide timely access to data including linked datasets and integrate existing or new databases.

About the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR):

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency. CIHR’s mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system for Canadians. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 12,600 health researchers and trainees across Canada.