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Government provides $62.25 million for chronic disease research

In this Thursday, March 17, 2016 photo, Palestinian clown doctor Alaa Miqdad, center, gives 3-year-old Abdallah Saleem a balloon, in the department of kidney diseases at Al-Rantisi children’s hospital in Gaza City. Miqdad and his partner visit three medical centers in the Gaza Strip a week and spend two days at Al-Rantisi, a specialized hospital for children with chronic illnesses. “As much as we can, we try to let the child respond to us to reach his heart; his insides,” Majed said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana).
In this Thursday, March 17, 2016 photo, Palestinian clown doctor Alaa Miqdad, center, gives 3-year-old Abdallah Saleem a balloon, in the department of kidney diseases at Al-Rantisi children’s hospital in Gaza City. Miqdad and his partner visit three medical centers in the Gaza Strip a week and spend two days at Al-Rantisi, a specialized hospital for children with chronic illnesses. “As much as we can, we try to let the child respond to us to reach his heart; his insides,” Majed said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana).

HAMILTON – The federal government is providing $62.25 million to support five research networks that are exploring the issue of chronic disease.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research says the networks will connect researchers, health professionals, policy-makers and patients across the country to improve the health of those living with chronic diseases.

They will address research priorities identified by patients and accelerate the translation of research findings into patient-care and health-care policy.

The main areas of research include diabetes, chronic pain, child disability, gastrointestinal disorders and chronic kidney disease.

Patients will be closely involved in the process to ensure that the research focuses on what matters to them.

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In addition to the government money, the networks will also get $126 million from partners, including universities, hospitals, industry, health charities and provincial agencies.

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In making the announcement at McMaster University, Health Minister Jane Philpott said the research will help reduce the costs of chronic conditions.

“We are pleased to support these networks, whose work will lead to better health and a better quality of life for Canadians and help reduce the burden of chronic diseases on our health care system,” Philpott said in a statement.