The Canadian Association for Neuroscience was happy to sponsor the welcome reception of the new Health Research Caucus, which took place March 7th, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. It was an occasion for members of the CAN advocacy committee to meet members of parliament and talk with them about the importance of government support of scientific research. The reception was hosted by the honorouble Jane Philpott, Minister of Health. Dr. Philpott was one of the speakers at the event.
CAN President Doug Munoz and members of the CAN Advocacy committee Katalin Toth, Bev Orser, Jean-Claude Béïque and Michael Hendricks were present in Ottawa to represent CAN and to present the point of view of researchers to elected representatives interested in health research. CAN’s presence higlighted the importance of the support of the Canadian government for the vitality of neuroscience research and to scientists in particular.
The members of the Health Research Caucus were also present, and CAN representatives had a chance to directly speak to many of them: John Oliver -Chair of the Health Research Caucus, Carol Hughes, Senator Kelvin Ogilvie, and other MPs interested in health research including Brenda Shanahan and Brigitte Sansoucy.
Read the summary document we distributed to attendees here: Neuroscience research impacts all Canadians