JointHealth™ express   August 3, 2010

Government of Canada invests millions in research on physical activity

On Monday July 26, 2010, Federal Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq announced that the government was allocating $10 million to go towards grants for research on physical activity and health. The grants, awarded through the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), will fund four multi-year research projects examining the role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases such as arthritis, cancer, and heart disease.

Two of the projects are arthritis related. The first, led by Dr. John Esdaile of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and the University of British Columbia, will examine the possibility that specific types of exercise in a subset of the population are the cause of most cases of hip osteoarthritis. The second, led by Dr. Ciaran Duffy of McGill University, will explore the role of physical activity in the improvement of health for children with arthritis. Each project will receive $2.5 million over the course of five years.

This is a welcome investment by the Canadian government in an attempt to understand the role of physical movement and health. "Our Government encourages Canadians to be physically active as part of a healthy lifestyle," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Today's investment in research will help develop new strategies for using exercise to prevent and treat major diseases affecting Canadians." (CIHR website

ACE will be working with these leading research teams to report results of their projects as they progress.