FRSQ and its partners invest over $1.2 million in Quebec consortium for research on C. difficile

Montreal, April 24, 2006 The Fonds de la recherche en sant du Qubec (FRSQ) and its partners are investing $1,230,000 (plus a service contribution valued at $260,000) to set up a Quebec consortium for research on C. difficile in order to gain a more in-depth understanding of the factors related to recent outbreaks in Quebec and find solutions to this major problem.

"The objective of the Consortium is to increase our knowledge of the epidemiology and virulence factors for C. difficile infection in Quebec," Dr. Vivian Loo of the McGill University Health Centre, principal investigator for the project, explained. "The scientific information we obtain will help improve the way we control C. difficile once we achieve a better understanding of the biology of this condition, make the best possible use of tools that are already available, and develop new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches." The new knowledge developed in the framework of this project will make it possible, among other things, to improve the treatment of patients by selecting antibiotics that target the strains of the bacterium found in hospitals.

"The importance of epidemiological factors, clinical factors, microbial genetic factors, and how they interact demands a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research approach," noted Dr. Alain Beaudet, President and CEO of the FRSQ. "It was absolutely crucial to set up this research consortium, which is being made possible by excellent collaboration among all our partners, to try to answer the many questions that this serious public health problem continues to raise."

The FRSQ's partners in this project are the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services, the Institute of Infection and Immunity of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Health Canada, Gnome Qubec, the Institut national de sant publique du Qubec, and four university teaching hospitals: the Centre hospitalier de l'Universit de Montral (CHUM), the McGill University

Contact: Michelle Dubuc, M.Sc.
514-873-2114 x235
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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