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.