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Our current government has been staking much on an "innovation economy." So how do we get there?
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One area where we can excel is in attracting more clinical trials to Canada. It fits extremely well into what our government is trying to do as we try to boost our economy. It also has the added value of making our publicly funded health-care system even better.
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The history of research, including research in Canada, shows that very serious harms may be suffered by persons taking part in research. The rules are not perfect, and they continue to be refined when tragedies do occur, but prior review and oversight has proved a powerful corrective to make research safer for human subjects. The problem is that these research protections don't apply to everyone doing research on people in Canada -- and they should.
Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) is a landmark pan-Canadian population health research platform that can be used to explore how genetics, environment, lifestyle and behaviour interact and contribute to the development of cancer and other chronic diseases. Researchers in Canada and around the globe now have access to health and lifestyle surveys and in the future will have the ability to link it to health outcome data and even biological samples like blood and toenail clippings.
Over the past few years, we have seen rapid change in health research with the adoption of faster and more powerful information technology being applied to our growing understanding of genomics and th...