Message from Dr. Brian H. Rowe Supporting Sleep Research

April 2017

From April 28-30 the Canadian Sleep Society will host its biennial scientific conference. This important event will convene national and international researchers, clinicians, and trainees working to treat sleep-related conditions and improve the sleep of all Canadians.

Adequate and high quality sleep is a fundamental part of a healthy lifestyle. Poor or inadequate sleep has both short- and long-term health consequences including negative impacts on mental health, work productivity, safety, and quality of life. Furthermore, rates of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity have been shown to increase with insufficient sleep. Research shows that more than 25% of Canadians suffer from sleep disorders, which increases with age. Given the unquestionable impact of sleep on personal health, productivity and safety, CIHR-ICRH invests in high quality sleep related research.

I'm proud to say that CIHR is committed to supporting sleep researchers in Canada. From 2004 to 2016, CIHR has contributed $47 million in sleep-related research, including the recent funding of the Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network (CSCN). The CSCN is comprised of basic biomedical, clinical, health systems and population and public health researchers who aim to address knowledge gaps in sleep and circadian rhythms research, with the ultimate goal transforming research discoveries in to clinical applications and best practice.  The Network also plays an important role in supporting trainees to ensure capacity is growing for research in this field to continue.

On the cusp of the Canadian Sleep Society Conference, I would like to recognize Canadian researchers working across all themes; from basic sleep science to population and public health sleep research. Your contributions are vital in improving the overall health of Canadians.

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