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Local Researchers get $5.7 Million in Funding

$5.7 million dollars is being given to researchers from The University of Waterloo and McMaster University.

Kitchener Centre MPP John Milloy made the announcement Friday afternoon at The University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy.

The Funding is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through the Health System Research Fund program and is geared towards pharmacist led medication services and how to make them as efficient as possible.

The money will be spread over three years and will go directly to the Ontario Pharmacy Research Collaboration or OPEN – a research program led by Dr. Nancy Waite and Dr. Lisa Dolovich.

With Ontario spending more that $120 million on pharmacist services, Dr. Dolovich says it is important to ensure those services are as efficient as possible for patients and healthcare providers.

This money will also help train new healthcare researchers and investigate how to reduce long term medication needed for elderly patients and those with chronic pain.

Western University, University of Toronto, and The Bruyère Research Institute in partnership with The University of Ottawa will also team up with UW and McMaster for this project.