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Research for better health

MHRC-funded researchers enhance care for people living in Manitoba - and beyond

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Wave, November / December 2012

Each and every day, a small army of researchers, technicians, lab assistants and grad students arrive for work in various locales around the province with one objective: to discover new ways to improve treatments for diseases and conditions, thereby improving outcomes for patients.

The Manitoba Health Research Council plays an important role in supporting the people who are doing this work. Through its funding programs over the last three decades, the MHRC has directly or indirectly helped veteran scientists and student researchers alike achieve their goals.

In doing so, the MHRC is helping to support researchers who are working to create a healthier future for people in Manitoba and throughout the world.

Here are just a few of the researchers who have received MHRC funding, along with a look at some of the work they have done.

Rewriting the rules Rewriting the rules
Dr. Jitender Sareen's research has helped save lives that might otherwise have been lost to suicide.

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Personal care Personal care
Dr. Malcolm Doupe is working on the first comprehensive review of the needs of Manitoba nursing home residents.

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Healthy babies Healthy babies
A research study designed to promote breastfeeding at Sagkeeng First Nation is leading to healthier babies at less risk for Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

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Reducing the risk Reducing the risk
The results of two research projects conducted by Dr. Harminder Singh are helping to reduce the risk of cancer for patients with gastrointestinal issues.

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Improving care Improving care
Sandy Bay First Nation has one of the highest rates of amputation due to diabetes in the province. But that is changing, thanks to research led by Dr. Sharon Bruce.

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Just in time Just in time
Septic shock is the leading cause of death in intensive care units in the developed world. But now, thanks to the work of Dr. Anand Kumar, thousands of people every year are surviving this condition.

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Kids helping kids Kids helping kids
How do you encourage children to become more physically active? Dr. Joannie Halas believes part of the answer involves creating culturally relevant programs that promote a holistic approach to overall health.

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Lessons for life Lessons for life
Dr. Melanie Gregg is looking for ways to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. And she believes athletes with intellectual disabilities can help.

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Tackling Type 2 diabetes Tackling Type 2 diabetes
Studying how physical activity can be used to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes is near and dear to Dr. Jon McGavock's heart.

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Knocking out cancer Knocking out cancer
Dr. Thomas Klonisch is working on a research project that could one day lead to a cure for brain cancer, one of the most difficult of all tumours to treat.

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