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McGill awarded $1-million grant to address debilitating parasitic diseases in the developing world
Date:1/24/2011

ith African scientists, particularly Dr. Kelly Chibale of the University of Cape Town, and Drs. Berhanu Abegaz and Kerstin Marobela of the University of Botswana, believing that partners from disease-endemic countries are critically important for finding new solutions to these infections. This team will conduct research both at McGill and in Africa.

"This is about Canadians helping Africans help themselves; an effective and long-term approach to the challenges developing countries face," said Dr. Peter A Singer, CEO of Grand Challenges Canada. "This is a milestone celebration for Grand Challenges Canada. We are less than a year old and I am proud to say this is our first grant announcement. For us, this is like fireworks lighting up the sky on Canada Day."

"We're delighted that this first grant from Grand Challenges Canada supports a partnership between researchers in Canada and researchers in Africa, one devoted to drawing on both Canadian and African ingenuity to solve a persistent and debilitating health problem in Africa" said David Malone, President of Canada's International Development Research Centre. "

The $1-million award is collaboration among three funders: $500,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; $250,000 from Grand Challenges Canada through the Canadian government's Capital Development Innovation Fund; and $250,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

"We believe in the quality of Dr. Geary's research and the potential for a significant Canadian contribution to addressing these debilitating diseases which plague so many in the developing world," said Dr. Pierre Chartrand, Vice-President Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. "We have to do more than just share information across traditional political and national lines: we have to invest in the development of local response and research capacity."

Over the past five years, the world has made tremendous progress in addressing some
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Contact: Vronique Perron
veronique.perron@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
613-952-5746
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
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