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Biomedical & Health

Health care spending in Canada reached $183.1 billion in 2009, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, an increase of 5.5% over 2008. Seniors make up over 13% of Canada’s population and this number is forecasted to grow to 27% by 2056 according to Statistics Canada. The World Health Organization reported that nearly 89% of all deaths in Canada are a result of chronic conditions such as Diabetes, respiratory disease, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Research aimed at modeling the development of disease, uncovering the role that genes play in health, predicting and containing the spread of disease and controlling the variability of patient compliance to medication regimens is critical to the long-term viability of Canada’s healthcare system.