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Canada launches competition to combine AI with health research, humanities

A new Collaborative Health Research Projects competition has been launched with the goal of bridging artificial intelligence, health research and, for the first time, the social sciences and humanities.


Government Press Release Last Updated at 14 Jun 2018, 02:06 IST Canada
Canada launches competition to combine AI with health research, humanities
  • Thirty research teams from across Canada will receive more than $20M to address issues such as vision loss. (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the way Canadians live; it's in our cars and computers, our smartphones and apps. All the more reason to unlock the power of AI to address some of the greatest health challenges Canadians face.

A new Collaborative Health Research Projects competition has been launched with the goal of bridging artificial intelligence, health research and, for the first time, the social sciences and humanities. This fresh approach to research funding will encourage greater collaboration across disciplines that will produce new medical practices and technologies. More than $24M is on the table, of which almost $6M is being reserved for projects that investigate the ethical, legal, and societal impacts associated with the spread of AI through the health sector.

The competition was highlighted today at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute by the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. She made the announcement on behalf of Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, and Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health. During the announcement, the Minister recognized Canada's scientists and scholars for their collaboration and outside-the-box thinking.

The Minister also took the opportunity to highlight the latest round of CHRP funding recipients. Thirty research teams from across Canada will receive more than $20M to address issues such as vision loss, Alzheimer's, heart disease, and cancer. Their collaborations will lead to new inventions and therapies that can be placed in the hands of Canada's doctors and nurses who are on the front line of treating patients. The result of these research projects will also lead to new ideas and technologies in the health care sector that will improve the well-being of Canadians, while creating jobs and boosting the economy.

Dr. Erik Suuronen, a researcher at the Heart Institute, is one of the recipients of today's CHRP funding. He and his team will use this investment to develop new ways of repairing tissue and restoring function to the heart, improving the long-term health of Canadians with heart disease.

The Collaborative Health Research Project program unites the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to bring cutting-edge science to the front lines of health care.


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