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Posted October 30, 2009
Health Research

New centre creates a hub for national research to improve the health of Canadians

WATERLOO - The Canadian Cancer Society and University of Waterloo are officially launching today a new research centre. The Propel Centre for Population Health Impact will recruit leaders in research, policy and practice from across Canada to join the fight against cancer and chronic disease.

Propel will be based at the University of Waterloo, where more than 40 scientists and staff already work to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases, including diabetes, stroke, and heart and lung diseases, as well as improve the quality of life for those touched by cancer. Propel's initial focus is in the area of tobacco control, youth health, active living and healthy eating and quality of life for those affected by cancer.

"Strategic collaboration is at the core of how Propel will work, providing evidence to policy leaders and the Canadian Cancer Society, and advocating to help transform the health of populations in Canada and around the world," said Roy Cameron, Propel's executive director.

The new Centre builds upon the Canadian Cancer Society founded Centre for Behavioural Research and Program Evaluation (CBRPE) by bringing together staff from CBRPE and the Population Health Research Group (PHR) under Propel.

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