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Research & development

CANARIE high-speed network seeks new funding

OTTAWA – Researchers, doctors and scientists at 62 health centres and research hospitals across the country now use the CANARIE network to engage in data-intensive research. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, and the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon are among these connections.

CANARIE receives funding from the Government of Canada in five-year mandates and is currently working towards renewal of its mandate in the 2012 budget. The mandate renewal section of the CANARIE website provides more detailed information on CANARIE’s renewal proposal, as well as information and tools for stakeholders wishing to send messages of support to government decision-makers involved in the renewal process.

CANARIE also supports the life-saving, world-leading research conducted at the Montreal Heart Institute Research Centre.

Through its connection to the CANARIE network, researchers at the Centre can now quickly send, receive and study detailed heart images from the five types of instruments used in cardiac imaging. This enables leading-edge treatment and prevention of heart disease and stroke, leading killers of Canadians.

“The Montreal Heart Institute Research Center can rely on the leading-edge technology powered by CANARIE to share medical imaging for the study of atherosclerosis in partnership with specialists from other Canadian institutions,” says Gilles Lefebvre, Assistant Director, Administration, the Montreal Heart Institute Research Center. “This technology allows for efficient clinical research efforts within the network.”

“This is an example of the kind of data-intensive research that is possible using advanced digital infrastructure like CANARIE,” says Jim Roche, President and CEO of CANARIE. “Doctors and scientists can now fully leverage the information available through a range of cardiac imaging technologies to enhance our understanding of the causes and treatments of heart disease.”

CANARIE operates Canada’s ultra-high speed network, thousands of times faster than the Internet, which enables world-class research and discovery at universities, colleges, research hospitals, government labs and private sector research facilities across the country.

CANARIE also funds the development of software to enable wider access to research data and tools.

CANARIE Inc. is Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network. Established in 1993, CANARIE manages an ultra high-speed network that supports leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network. Together with 12 provincial and territorial advanced network partners, CANARIE enables researchers to share and analyze massive amounts of data, like climate models, satellite images, and DNA sequences that can lead to groundbreaking scientific discoveries. CANARIE is a non-profit corporation supported by membership fees, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy. For additional information, please visit: Find us on Facebook and LinkedIn by searching for CANARIE Inc.

Posted January 12, 2012