04:20pm Monday 14 October 2019

National network formed to accelerate discoveries about the human immune system

The CIHR Human Immunology Network (CHIN) will facilitate basic and clinical research and will help position Canada as a world leader in the development of new vaccines and therapies for infectious diseases, allergies, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and transplantation.  

There are seven nodes to the network including: Western, McGill University, University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of British Columbia, University of Manitoba, and Dalhousie University. The Centre for Human Immunology at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is the coordinating centre. 
Investigators from each of the institutions will be meeting on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel at 100 Front Street West, Toronto.  There will be an opportunity for media to meet with CHIN scientists from 12:00 -12:30 p.m. in the Newfoundland Room.
“CHIN will position Canada as a world leader in human immunology and its translation to improve global health.  From developing vaccines to discovering new therapies to treat autoimmune diseases and transplant rejection, from improving food and water safety to preparedness for emerging infections, CHIN will be an invaluable resource to the community.”  says CHIN Principle Investigator and Executive Director, Dr. Quim Madrenas, Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at McGill. “We share a committed vision to excellence and innovation in human immunology.”
CHIN will act as a coordinating resource for investigators working in different aspects of the immune system to ensure that human immunology in Canada remains at the forefront of the international effort.  The specific aims of CHIN are:
1. To be a source of standardized protocols for human immunology research,
2. To facilitate access to research material and technologies, and to expedite regulatory processes,
3. To engage national and international human immunology stakeholders to promote research in human immunology, and
4. To lead the development of activities of knowledge dissemination in human immunology at national and international levels.
More information can be found at www.schulich.uwo.ca/cihr-human-immunology-network
Media contact: Kathy Wallis, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario, cell: 519-777-1573, Kathy.wallis@schulich.uwo.ca
About the CIHR: The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency. CIHR’s mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada. www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca

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