April 4, 2016
Approximately 10% of Canadians have diabetes, with risks of developing severe complications. The projection is that the number of Canadians with diabetes will continue to grow over the next decade. To continue to improve the health of Canadians, we need to start changing the direction with which we diagnose and treat individuals with diabetes.
Launched this month, the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Diabetes and Related Complications will take the helm to innovate solutions, from early detection to novel therapies, through leading health and biomedical research. There will be a focus on vulnerable groups, who can be disproportionately affected by the consequences of diabetes. Funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), the SPOR Network will receive $12.45 million per year for five years, with another $19 million from private sector partners.
As proud partners within this leading Canadian research network, we are excited to collaborate with an array of non-profit organizations and private partners across the country to transform the lives of patients with diabetes. We look forward to contributing our expertise in health technologies and learning from the brightest minds in the field.