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    British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund Supports ICORD Centre

    VANCOUVER - BC Premier Gordon Campbell announced today that the partnership of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver General Hospital (a part of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority) and the Rick Hansen Institute have been awarded a $12.9 million grant from the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) in support of the new international spinal cord research centre in Vancouver, home of ICORD (International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries).

    "This investment is part of our New Era commitment to establish B.C. as a world-class centre for innovative research by investing in leading-edge research infrastructure and facilities," said Campbell. "Thanks to the leadership shown by Rick Hansen and the dedication of B.C. scientists and doctors, our province is already recognized as leader in spinal cord research. By supporting this new centre, we're helping them continue to develop advanced new therapies and hopefully even a cure for spinal cord injury."

    Slated to open in December 2004, the 10,000 square-meter centre will be located on the Vancouver General Hospital site and will house 300 researchers and their teams, and link local, national and international researchers through the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Network. By bringing together the best and brightest research talent, in collaboration with doctors, clinicians, caregivers and patients, new discoveries can be quickly turned into effective therapies and treatments to aid people who are living with a spinal cord injury.

    "We already have a wealth of research talent in B.C.," said Advanced Education Minister Shirley Bond. "The ICORD project will not only provide opportunities for these researchers and students, but will also attract the brightest minds in spinal cord injury from outside B.C."
    "This support allows UBC and its partners to move forward in creating a world-class facility," said UBC President Martha Piper. "The partnership with our sister institutions means that we can concentrate our considerable abilities on the common goal of improving the lives of people who have a spinal cord injury."
    "This exciting announcement brings us closer to our dream of finding a cure. We expect great things from BC over the next decade to improve the lives

    of people with spinal cord injury," said Rick Hansen President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Institute.

    ICORD director Dr. John Steeves, who was selected in April for the B.C. Leadership Chair in Spinal Cord Research, is excited about the centre's progress.

    "This support from the provincial government is critical for promoting objective, evidence-based research that will lead to the discovery and advancement of cutting edge therapies, technologies and integrated services to improve the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and related disorders," said Steeves.
    "This research centre is a tremendous step forward in health and quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries," says Ida Goodreau, President and CEO, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. "It's very exciting to be part of such an innovative centre."
    Earlier this year, the Canada Foundation for Innovation also committed $12.9M towards the $46M needed to build and equip the centre.

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    Media Contact: Sarah Sugiyama, Rick Hansen Institute - direct (604) 822-0129; cellular (604) 518-6674.

  • #2
    This is a huge development

    300 researchers is a lot. They can get a lot done. We need more research centers like this dedicated to spinal cord injury. I really hope we don't hear even one negative comment about the funds being spent on their facilities and equipment. This type of center will attract the brightest talent and foster fantastic synergy among the various disciplines of research.

    Go BC! [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

    ~See you at the SCIWire-used-to-be-paralyzed Reunion ~
    ~See you at the CareCure-used-to-be-paralyzed Reunion ~


    • #3
      Damn right...this is good news!! Doesn't hurt that I'm still a BC girl at heart, even if I am a flatlander mind! Seriously, I expect to hear some good stuff from this centre over the next few years!

      "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow"
      ~ Anon
      Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.


      • #4
        Great News! I also hope that there isn't negative feedback from the people in BC because our Medical System is in really bad shape. My 3 year old Grandson can't get an appointment to see a Specialist for TWO YEARS! Ridiculous!!! We need some changes to our system but not at the cost of SCI Research. Go BC!!



        • #5
          THANKS TARA....

          It seems like things are really starting to gain momentum!!! 300 scientists put together will definatly unravel the mysteries in which we seek to find!!! Hopefully, a cure will be ready at that time, and they will assist in "THE CURE!" How exciting to hear of such good news!!! thanks [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]


          • #6
            Tara, great article. Agreed with all comments made.

            Jeff, I can only imagine who might knock this news... [img]/forum/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img]

            Go BC!

            Onward and Upward!


            • #7
              No knock from me

              I won't be knocking this news.

              I heard Rick Hansen speaking about 6 weeks ago and he mentioned a huge cross-country effort of 17 rehab centres, hospitals & labs working together to move things along. Looks like this is a great start!
              "Oh yeah life goes on
              Long after the thrill of livin is gone"

              John Cougar Mellencamp


              • #8
                Great news, thanks for posting this Tara!


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                    International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries