Government and Policy
Governments pump $32.5 million into high-tech med centre
WINNIPEG – The government of
Canada is investing $9.5 million, and the province of Manitoba is
contributing $23 million over the next five years, to help launch the
new Institute for Advanced Medicine.
The centre will be located at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre and will
become a centre of excellence in medical informatics, advanced imaging
and 'surgery of the future', including minimally invasive surgical
techniques, robotics and computer-assisted surgery.
The Health Sciences Centre Foundation has embarked on a $25 million
capital campaign to construct the Institute for Advanced Medicine (IAM),
a 100,000 square-foot research facility.
"The Institute for Advanced Medicine will benefit Manitobans
tremendously, both in improved healthcare and in economic spin-offs,"
said the federal government's minister of Western Economic Development,
Rey Pagtakhan. "The exciting work that will be done here is expected to
attract more researchers, increase opportunities for commercialization
of new technologies and expand upon Winnipeg's growing health and life
sciences cluster. This will create new highly-skilled jobs in Manitoba."
"Manitoba's contribution to this endeavour lies in the acquisition and
operation of the gamma knife and a new PET (positron emission tomography)
scanner -- both invaluable tools in treatment and research related to
the neurosciences and other diseases," said Tim Sale, minister of
energy, science and technology for Manitoba. "This is another step
towards advancing our work and attracting the very best in the areas of
infectious disease research and life sciences to build on our
Andy Hind, vice president of the Medical Solutions Division for Siemens
Canada Ltd., said that Siemens was proud to be a partner in the
initiative. "The Biograph 16 PET/CT scanner is a state-of-the-art
scanner with a new generation of crystal detector that sets new
standards in speed and resolution, and will be one of the first
installations of its type in the world. It prepares the Health Sciences
Centre for future applications of PET/CT in both clinical and research
Plans for the Institute for Advanced Medicine include a focus on
technology advances in infectious diseases, neurosciences and Aboriginal
health. Radiology will explore opportunities with three new
technologies, including gamma knife surgery, positron emission
tomography and intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
In the field of surgery, the focus will be on advanced medical devices
and "surgery of the future" models. Medical informatics will focus on
medical simulation and medical information technologies software
Dr. Brian Postl, president and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health
Authority said the initiative will strengthen Winnipeg's reputation as a
national leader in new and innovative health technologies. "The focus of
the work that will be done at the Institute will be on minimally
invasive techniques, computer assisted surgery and the development of
advanced medical devices," Dr. Postl said. "We will be seen as a leader
in these fields, not just nationally, but internationally as well."
"This new Institute will enable HSC to enhance care to patients and
achieve excellence in a number of strategic areas that are important to
our future," said Dr. Brock Wright, chief operating officer, Health
Sciences Centre. "We believe this initiative will also serve as a
vehicle for expanded relationships with the private sector. "The
Institute will work in collaboration with the Canadian Science Centre
for Human and Animal Health, as well as other major medical research
institutions in Manitoba.