Parliamentary Health Research Caucus Luncheon a Call to Arms to Protect Veterans’ Mental Health

Veterans’ Health and Health Research in Canada

OTTAWA, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – Canadian veterans experience mental illness at more than double the rate of those in the general Canadian population. These are shockingly high rates that demand attention. The Parliamentary Health Research Caucus Luncheon on Veterans’ Health and Health Research in Canada is a call to arms to address veterans’ mental health challenges through research solutions.

Research Canada and the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus, in collaboration with co-host the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR), are proud to welcome three of Canada’s leading researchers and experts on Veterans’ health to an invitation-only luncheon with Parliamentarians to provide an overview of the health research aimed at advancing the well-being of our Veterans and highlight our strengths and challenges in taking care of the pride of Canada’s military. Dr. Ruth Lanius will discuss the use of technology to diagnose posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its subsets; Dr. Alain Brunet will provide an overview of Reconsolidation Therapy as an innovative approach to PTSD treatment; and closing out the luncheon, Dr. Jitender Sareen will discuss suicide risk and prevention amongst military personnel and Veterans.

Date:               Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where:            Sir John A. Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Social media: #HealthResearch4Veterans, #HealthResearchCaucus

Dr. Alain Brunet
McGill University | Douglas Institute
Dr. Ruth A. Lanius
Western University
Dr. Jitender Sareen
University of Manitoba | Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Parliamentary Health Research Caucus
Chair: Kim Rudd, MP (Northumberland—Peterborough South)
Vice-Chairs: Marilyn Gladu, MP (Sarnia—Lambton), Carol Hughes, MP (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing),
Senate Representative: The Honourable Judith Seidman

Research Canada
Dr. Robert McMaster, Chair
Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO

About Canadian Armed Forces, Reservists and Veterans 
In Canada, we have 71,500 Regular Force members of the Canadian Armed Forces, 30,000 Reservists, 60,600 military families and 649,300 Veterans, many of whom have unique risks, exposures and experiences that demand new standards of treatment, prevention and care for both the ill and injured.

About Research Canada
Research Canada is a national alliance dedicated to increasing investments in health research through collaborative advocacy and engaging government, academia, industry and non-profit sectors to build support for long-term health research funding. For more information, visit

Since 2009, Parliamentary Health Research Caucus events on Parliament Hill have helped to educate politicians on the social and economic benefits of Canadian health research and innovation, as well as introduce them to the multi-sector partnerships among academic, private sector and health charity stakeholders essential to a robust health research enterprise and innovation system.

The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) is an innovative organization that engages existing academic research resources and facilitates the development of new research, research capacity and effective knowledge translation. With a network of academic researchers from across Canada, it serves as the hub for 43 Canadian universities who have agreed to work together in addressing the health research requirements of the Canadian military, Veterans and their families. For more information, visit

Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research

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For inquiries:
Christie Tomkins
Manager of Policy and Public Affairs
Research Canada

Lauren Hanlon
Communications Manager