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Pfizer Canada donates $500,000 to help battle diabetes

by Karmen Dowling | September 24, 2008

Pfizer Canada donates $500,000 to help battle diabetes
Dr. Stewart Harris is lead investigator in the National Diabetes Management Strategy.

A $500,000 contribution from Pfizer Canada has been earmarked to support a national partnership aimed at fighting diabetes. The contribution will support the National Diabetes Management Strategy, a research partnership between Western and the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Lead investigator in the Strategy is Dr. Stewart Harris, who holds the Canadian Diabetes Association Chair in Diabetes Management at Western. The Chair is a cornerstone of the National Strategy and the Pfizer Canada contribution will support the research work of Harris and his colleagues. Earlier this year, Harris was named first holder of the Chair, established with a $1 million commitment from both the Canadian Diabetes Association and The University of Western Ontario.

The Chair was established to develop and evaluate evidence-based models of optimal diabetes management, and to advance the prevention and treatment of diabetes, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of the approximately two million Canadians diagnosed with the disease, and the millions of others at risk.

Harris’s research has shown that half of Canadians with diabetes are not properly controlling their disease.

Harris says, “Today, diabetes takes an enormous toll around the world, in terms of personal health and in the financial burden it places on our health care system. Projections show we can expect dramatic increases in the future. This contribution from Pfizer recognizes the importance of investing in research to meet the challenges these increases will present.”

“Pfizer Canada is once again partnering with Canada’s leading academic and community health institutions,” says Dr. Bernard Prigent, Vice President and Medical Director, Pfizer Canada. “The objective of this chair is promising and should translate scientific data from clinical practice into tangible health care outcomes to optimize patient management of diabetes.”

Pfizer Canada Inc. is the Canadian operation of Pfizer Inc., the world’s leading pharmaceutical company. Pfizer discovers, develops, manufactures and markets prescription medicines for humans and animals.

This article appeared in the Fall 2008 edition of Impact Western
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