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$900,000 for first Canadian Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control

n its efforts to enable Canadians to live healthier lives by improving awareness, prevention and control of hypertension," said Dr. Laurent-Didier Jacobs, Vice-President of Medical Affairs at sanofi-aventis Canada Inc.
"Dr. Norm Campbell is the ideal candidate to spearhead a tremendous program aimed at improving education, treatment and control of blood pressure in Canada,"said Dr. Marcel Lebel, President of the CHS. "He currently holds or has held several hypertension leadership positions, has been the recipient of numerous distinguished awards and has over 140 peer-reviewed publications, almost all hypertension related. We at the CHS look forward to the performance of outstanding research over the next five years."

To help meet the need for increased education about hypertension, the Chair will actively promote hypertension knowledge to family physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals. Education efforts will also involve strengthening existing partnerships with professional organizations to encourage implementation of best practices for reducing hypertension.

Furthermore, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada, the Provincial Ministries of Health and the Outcomes Research Task Force of CHEP will collaborate to assess the prevalence, awareness, diagnosis, treatment and complications of hypertension.

In order to increase public awareness, CHEP, BPC, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the CHS will collaborate to develop and disseminate public versions of existing CHEP recommendations for prevention and management of hypertension.

To accomplish the final aim, the Chair will form a consortium of organizations and concerned scientists to lobby the federal government and public food sector for policies to reduce the widespread indiscriminate addition of salt to food.


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Contact: Marie-France Poirier
mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
613-941-4563
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
12-May-2006


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