The Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) and its partners are investing $1,230,000 (plus a service contribution valued at $260,000) to set up a Quebec consortium for research on C. difficile in order to gain a more in-depth understanding of the factors related to recent outbreaks in Quebec and find solutions to this major problem.
The objective of the Consortium is to increase our knowledge of the epidemiology and virulence factors for C. difficile infection in
The importance of epidemiological factors, clinical factors, microbial genetic factors, and how they interact demands a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research approach, noted Dr. Alain Beaudet, president and CEO of the FRSQ. It was absolutely crucial to set up this research consortium, which is being made possible by excellent collaboration among all our partners, to try to answer the many questions that this serious public health problem continues to raise.
The FRSQs partners in this project are the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services, the Institute of Infection and Immunity of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Health Canada, Génome Québec, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, and four university teaching hospitals: the Centre hospitalier de lUniversité de Montréal (CHUM), the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec (CHUQ), and the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS).
The research will be conducted at the four university teaching hospitals that are partners in the project, as well as at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, the Jewish General-Sir Mortimer B. Davis Hospital, McGill University, the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, and the Ottawa Hospital. Findings are expected to be released in two years.
C. difficile is the major cause of infectious diarrhea in hospitalized patients. Since 2003, many healthcare institutions in
Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)