Federal Government announces renewal of NeuroDevNet along with four new NCEs

December 15, 2014

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) today announced the renewal of NeuroDevNet for an additional five years.

In an event held at Western University in London, Ontario, the Minister focused on four new health and life sciences-oriented research networks, bringing the number of programs supported by the NCE to 14.
"Through our updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy, our government is making the necessary investments to push the boundaries of knowledge, create jobs and prosperity, and improve the quality of life of Canadians," said Minister Holder.

Michel Perron, Vice-President of External Affairs and Business Development, Canadian Institutes of Health Research spoke to the network approach as "a solid, proven way to support the creation of new knowledge and ensure it gets into the hands of those who can put it into practice. "The mandates of networks go well beyond focussing major resources on a problem," he added. "By bringing together the right partners and strategically developing an integrated research program, they add value that results in real change."

An Affirmation
"It is wonderful to have this affirmation of the importance of NeuroDevNet's work in improving quality of life for children with neurodisabilities and their families," said NeuroDevNet Scientific Director Dr. Daniel Goldowitz, who has led the Network since its inception.

"For the one out of six children affected by a condition such as autism, cerebral palsy, or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder – and those who care for them – the future looks brighter," Goldowitz added. "Five years of additional funding will enable NeuroDevNet to move many initiatives from our first years as an NCE to bring about new policies and practices that benefit children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Our partners and stakeholders will be crucial to this exciting process."

The support of the University of British Columbia and many partner organizations  share NeuroDevNet's dedication to improving the lives of children with neurodisabilities, said NeuroDevNet Executive Director Jim Brookes. "We are all humbled by the improtance of the research carried out by the network and its investigators," he added.

Along with NeuroDevNet's continuing focus on brain development, the newest additions to the Networks of Centres of Excellence will undertake research into important aspects of biochemistry, cancer, arrhythmia, and aging, leveraging nation-wide talent and resources to tackle social and economic challenges that are important to Canadians, according to Minister Holder.

Minister of State Ed Holder (Science and Technology) announces four new NCEs and the renewal of NeuroDevNet at Western University, home to CANet, a new network focusing on arrythmia. Photo courtesy of @SchulichMedDent at Western University.

New Networks

Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement, and Long Life – AGE-WELL (Toronto, Ontario)

Biotherapeutics for Cancer Treatment – BioCanRx (Ottawa, Ontario)

Canadian Glycomics Network – GlycoNet (Edmonton, Alberta)

Canadian Arrhythmia Network – CANet (London, Ontario)

With honour for the contributions of our NCE colleagues past and present, our congratulations to the new additions to the NCE family!