By Bev Heim-Myers, CEO Huntington Society of Canada
November 23, 2015
It is with great pleasure that I announce a joint partnership with Brain Canada. This multi-year, multi-investigator Research initiative (MIRI) launched on Friday November 20, 2015 and aims to create Clinician-Scientist-to-Patient Virtual Networks: inter-connected clinicians, researchers, and Huntington disease (HD) patients.
Brain health is one of the most pressing health challenges facing Canadians. Surpassing cancer and cardiovascular disease in their magnitude and impact, disorders of the brain account for 13% of the global disease burden. Advances in neurological disorder research are leading to an improved understanding of the etiology of these disabilities, better diagnostics and screening, therapeutic interventions, and improved frontline care and social support services.
In order to advance our understanding of all aspects of these disorders, the Huntington Society of Canada (HSC) is partnering with Brain Canada in a joint funding initiative that aims to create Clinician-Scientist-to-Patient Virtual Networks: inter-connected clinicians, researchers, and Huntington disease (HD) patients and HD Community. The intent is to ensure ongoing collaborations focused on expediting the discovery-to-treatment cycle in humans in order to slow or prevent HD and other relevant neurodegenerative diseases. This initiative will facilitate multi-disciplinary collaboration by engaging experts (geneticists, computational biologists and others) in the application of emerging technologies. Collaboration with other neurological disease researchers, including but not limited to ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease, will enrich the overall understanding of potential treatments for HD and other neurodegenerative disorders.
As we advance towards treatments addressing the root cause of Huntington disease, this innovative research initiative and partnership with Brain Canada, has the potential to transform HD research and provide the mechanisms to expedite discovery to treatments.
The Huntington Society of Canada is accepting Request for Applications (RFA) as of November 20, 2015. Details on this opportunity can be found at www.huntingtonsociety.ca under Research and questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.