Academic health sciences centres (AHSCs) are strategically placed to contribute to, and benefit from, this revolution. To that end, AHSCs require exceptional visionary leadership, a commitment to clinical and research excellence, a full appreciation of the complete tripartite mission of AHSCs, and the development of an outward-looking stance that includes the development of public policy. The federal government's clear and sustained commitment to health research, as demonstrated recently by the 15% increase to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research budget, provides an important opportunity for AHSCs to demonstrate their crucial role in both the development of an innovative and cost-effective healthcare system and to Canada's broader social and economic agenda.
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