McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Centres of Excellence

Networks of Centres of Excellence

Researchers in the Faculty of Health Sciences participate in many different Networks of Centres of Excellence across Canada.

Networks of Centres of Excellence are unique partnerships among universities, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations aimed at turning Canadian research and entrepreneurial talent into economic and social benefits for all Canadians. An integral part of the federal government's Innovation Strategy, these nation-wide, multidisciplinary and multisectorial research partnerships connect excellent research with industrial know-how and strategic investment.

The program is administered and funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), in partnership with Industry Canada.

The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program has been operating successfully for fifteen years. In February 1997, the government established the NCE as a permanent program. Two years later, it increased the program's budget by $30 million bringing it to $77.4 million per year.

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The mission of AllerGen (Allergy, Genes and Environment Network) is to catalyze and support discovery, development, networking, capacity building, commercialization and knowledge translation that contribute to reducing the morbidity, mortality and socio-economic burden of allergic and related immune diseases.

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Host: McMaster University

Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN)

The vision of the Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN) is a world free of arthritis. Whether developing an idea or assessing new therapies in the community, CAN provides access to expertise each step of the way. It offers pre-clinical as well as clinical research services and facilitates technology transfer and the commercialization of new discoveries.

Host: Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto, Ontario)

Canadian Bacterial Disease Network

CBDN is a Canada-wide consortium of researchers and their laboratory personnel whose work focuses on bacterial disease. Their mission is to advance scientific knowledge and enhance Canada's economic competitiveness through networking, excellence in fundamental research on bacterial diseases and collaboration with industry (putting fundamental science to work).


Host: University of Calgary

Canadian Network for Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics (CANVAC)

CANVAC is a unique network of almost 80 of the most highly recognized Canadian scientists specialising in the fields of immunology, virology, and molecular biology. In collaboration with biopharmaceutical companies, CANVAC scientists, along with the institutions with which they are affiliated, are working towards the development of safe and effective vaccines to protect Canadians and people around the globe from cancer and life-threatening viral infections.

Host: Université de Montréal

Canadian Stroke Network

The Canadian Stroke Network's mission is to reduce the impact of stroke on the lives of individual Canadians and on society as a whole. The Network will place Canada at the forefront of stroke research through its multi- disciplinary research program, high-quality training for Canadian scientists and clinicians and national and global partnerships.

Host: University of Ottawa

Stem Cell Network

The Stem Cell Network is a bold new venture for Canada that brings together more than 79 leading scientists, clinicians, engineers, and ethicists, with the mandate to investigate the immense therapeutic potential of stem cells for the treatment of diseases currently incurable by conventional approaches.

Host: University of Ottawa

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