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SUBJECT: CANADA, QUEBEC AND FRANCE SIGN AGREEMENT ON
ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH

1. (U) On July 4, the organizations for health research
funding of Canada (the Canadian Institutes of Health
Research's Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and
Addiction, and Institute of Aging; CIHR), Quebec (the Fonds
de la recherche medicale, FRSQ) and France (the Institut
national de la sante et de la recherche medicale, Inserm)
signed a partnership agreement to accelerate research on
Alzheimer's disease. Attending the announcement at the
Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS-Sante) in
Laval, Quebec were the Prime Minister of France Francois
Fillon and the Premier of Quebec Jean Charest. Quebec was
also represented at the event by Michelle Courchesne,
Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports and Minister of
Families, and Raymond Bachand, Minister of Economic
Development, Innovation and Export Trade and Minister of
Tourism, while France was also represented by Alain Joyandet,
Secretary of State for Cooperation and the Francophonie, and
Anne-Marie Idrac, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade.

2. (U) The agreement makes funds available for research
projects which aim to advance the science associated with the
diagnosis, treatment or management of patients with
Alzheimer's or related diseases. It requires that proposed
work be substantial and involve specialists from diverse
disciplines and various academic and health institutions.
The accord requires that the structure of these research
groups allow for original added value to be contributed in
such a way that would not be possible through the work of one
country alone.

3. (U) In Quebec, the agreement is in accordance with the
action plan regarding the care, services and quality of life
of Alzheimer's patients tasked to an expert committee by the
Minister of Health and Social Services Philippe Couillard.
The arrangement is also in line with France's plan to fight
the disease by linking academic and private partners through
a cooperative scientific foundation, announced by President
Nicolas Sarkozy on February 1. The FRSQ and Inserm have a
40-year history of cooperation in scientific research. Dr.
Alain Beaudet, the newly appointed president of the CIHR,
expressed his hope that this Franco-Quebec initiative would
serve as a catalyst for broader cooperation throughout Canada
in the field of Alzheimer's research.

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