Why We Need Health Research
For children born today, global scourges such as TB, diphtheria, typhoid, and smallpox are found only in their history books. These same children will take for granted the innovations that beat back such scourges, including antibiotics, vaccines, CAT scanners and microsurgery. This remarkable progress is no accident, but the result of steadfast investment in the early detection, treatment and prevention of disease. We experience the wisdom of that investment in the quality of our contemporary lives, as well as reduced health-care costs. Nor do such accomplishments temper the demand for ongoing research; today’s health challenges are different from yesterday’s, but no less formidable.
Canadians for Health Research (CHR) was established in order to respond to those challenges.
Who is CHR?
Canadians for Health Research is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1976. Through education and advocacy, CHR addresses Canadian adults and youth to promote an appreciation of health research issues, scientific processes and their impact. By engaging the public, the scientific community, and government, CHR is also committed to improving the stability and quality of Canadian health research.
CHR is not a lobby organization and receives no government funding. It is a voluntary, nonprofit national organization supported through donations, information services and subscriptions. It does not raise funds for research, but it does cover the costs of educational functions and the publication of its quarterly magazine, Future Health.
CHR supporters are individuals, families, voluntary associations, scientific/medical societies and corporations who endorse the need for better awareness and advocacy on behalf of health research.