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The Government of Canada Advances Knowledge and Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury

20130605-Rick Hansen one800The Government of Canada Advances Knowledge and Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury

June 5, Toronto ON - The Rick Hansen Institute is pleased to announce that the Government of Canada has announced an investment of $35 million over five years to assist in the ongoing mission to achieve breakthroughs in spinal cord injury (SCI) research and treatment, generating new knowledge, new technologies and knowledge-based jobs, while improving patient outcomes and quality of life, and ensuring long term prosperity for all Canadians. In addition, this support will help with all elements of SCI treatment and care for newly, acutely and chronically injured individuals, including developing new therapies and decreasing the time required for research to be translated into real-life benefits.

The announcement was made today in Toronto, Ontario by the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia, Rick Hansen and Bill Barrable.

(Picture, from left to right): Rick Hansen, Co-Chair, Rick Hansen Foundation, Kathy Sabo, Senior Clinical Vice President and TWH Executive Lead, University Health Network, Dr. Charles Tator, Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State for Transport, and Bill Barrable, CEO, Rick Hansen Institute celebrate the announcement of $35 million in funding to advance knowledge and treatment of spinal cord injury.

Read the news release from the Government of Canada English | French

Read quotes from our Research Network on how the funding will impact them.

RHI National Overview. English | French

Reality of SCI [Infographic]. English | French

RHI Project Involvement Map [F2012]. English | French

F2012 Report on Financials and Accomplishments. English

Key Impact 2007-2012. English

RHI FAQs. English

The Rick Hansen Institute is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization that drives innovation in spinal cord injury research and care. We strive to improve the lives of people living with SCI in Canada and around the world.

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