Canadian scientists are at the forefront of open science, making their research publicly available so that other researchers, healthcare companies, doctors and nurses can use the information to quickly develop life-saving cures for Canadians. The Government of Canada supports this open and collaborative approach to science because it yields results that improve our health, environment, economy and communities.
Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced a new $33 million investment to support the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) – a Canadian-led, international public-private partnership that conducts basic science on the structures of human proteins and releases the research to the public to accelerate drug discovery and help patients worldwide.
The Minister made the announcement at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), where the Care for Rare project is researching a rare seizure disorder, one of the estimated 7000 different rare diseases that affect approximately one million Canadians. In this open science collaboration, scientists are working with doctors and patients to discover the root of the children’s disease and how to best treat these illnesses.
This latest investment in the fourth phase of Canadian-based SGC activities, conducted principally at the University of Toronto, includes $11 million in federal funding through Genome Canada, $5 million through the Government of Ontario, and an additional $17 million through pharmaceutical companies. This funding will help translate scientific discoveries into cures for patients with a range of diseases such as cancer, ALS, Huntington’s disease, malaria and tuberculosis.
Read the full release on the Genome Canada website.