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MP WESTON ANNOUNCES FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN DALHOUSIE MEDICINE NEW BRUNSWICK

 

March 14, 2013 - SAINT JOHN (N.B.)

Rodney Weston, MP for Saint John, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, today announced funding from the Government of Canada to help support the purchase of specialized occupational medicine equipment by Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB).

“Our Government’s top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said MP Rodney Weston. “The purchase of new equipment allows DMNB to further position itself as an organization with a strong health research program, both for educational purposes and for generating new technological and commercialization opportunities. This strategic approach contributes to a positive impact on workplace productivity and commercial opportunities for the private sector, and our region.”

The equipment will be located within the new DMNB biomedical research laboratory, on the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Saint John Campus.  The DMNB program will specialize in occupational medicine and cardiovascular research while supporting the medical school’s teaching mandate.  The Occupational Medicine research program is unique in Canada and the centre will contribute to improving worker health, and enable the development of effective workplace policies through education, research and support.  Also, this project will generate intellectual property that can be transferred to the private sector for commercial applications.

"ACOA's support today is helping us develop our medical research program here at DMNB,” said Dr. Tony Reiman, Assistant Dean, DMNB Research. “The federal government's investment will be used to purchase equipment that can be used by our Research Chair in Occupational Medicine and our Cardiovascular Researchers."

Dalhousie University located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and its affiliated teaching hospitals constitute the largest, comprehensive, research intensive, academic organization in Atlantic Canada with 11 faculties and 80 academic departments.  In September 2010, Dalhousie University established a campus in Saint John in collaboration with the Government of New Brunswick and the University of New Brunswick, and formed DMNB.

The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, is investing $625,000, while Dalhousie University is investing $250,000. 

The Government of Canada remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security.

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Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick will further position themselves as an organization with a strong research program, both for educational purposes and for generating new technological and commercialization possibilities in health research, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Rodney Weston, MP for Saint John joined Dalhousie Medicine NB officials for today’s announcement which will assist with the purchase of specialized, occupational medicine equipment located in their new biomedical research laboratory at UNB Saint John.

The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, is investing $625,000, while Dalhousie University is investing $250,000. 

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INFORMATION:

Ann Kenney
Senior Communications Officer
ACOA New Brunswick
506-452-3687

Erinor Jacob
Communications Officer
Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick
506-636-6279