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April 23, 2014

Diagnostic rules by CIHR–funded researchers will be adopted in US emergency rooms

Three diagnostic rules by CIHR-funded Drs. Ian Stiell and Phillip Wells are going to be used in US hospital emergency rooms as a practical way to save money and space. The Canadian C-Spine Rule, created by Dr. Stiell at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (an affiliate of University of Ottawa), helps doctors determine whether a patient who has suffered a C-spine injury needs to undergo a radiography scan. The Canadian CT Head Rule, also developed by Dr. Stiell, assists doctors in figuring out whether a CT scan needs to be performed on a patient who’s suffered head trauma. The Wells Rule, created by Dr. Wells at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, is a procedure that helps doctors diagnose whether blood clots are blocking a main artery in a lung. These three rules, along with two other diagnostic tools, were published in the JAMA Internal Medicine as top ways to reduce unnecessary procedures in hospitals. They were selected by a technical panel that based their decisions on the results of a clinician survey.

April 4, 2014

Human Frontier Science Program announces 2014 grant recipients

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) is an international collaborative program of funding for frontier research in the life sciences. Its current members are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Union.

In March, HFSP announced the 2014 recipients of these highly prestigious and highly selective grants and awards. These included Research Grant Awardees (Young Investigator and Program Grants); Long-Term Fellowships; Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships; and Career Development Awards. These grants and awards benefit Canadians (as recipients of awards) and Canadian institutions (as hosts of foreign award holders).

April 2, 2014

Dr. Nahum Sonenberg Named a Winner of the 2014 Wolf Prize in Medicine

March 31, 2014

Salim Yusuf wins Canada Gairdner Wightman Award

Dr. Salim Yusuf, the CIHR-funded director of the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University, has won the 2014 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. The $100,000 award, which was created along with international awards by the Gairdner Foundation in 1959, recognizes Dr. Yusuf’s leadership in global clinical trials and population studies that have helped prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. Over 80 recipients of Gairdner awards have gone on to win the Nobel prize. Dr. Yusuf will receive the award at a dinner in Toronto on October 30, and then take part in a two-week, accessible lecture series for students at 24 universities across Canada.

February 12, 2014

Dr. John Dick makes research breakthrough in leukemia and stem cells

CIHR is pleased to join members of the Cancer Stem Cell Consortium (CSCC) today to congratulate Dr. John Dick, a Senior Scientist at the University Health Network and Director of the Cancer Stem Cell Program of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, on major new findings published today in the journal Nature.

Dr. Dick and his team have identified pre-leukemic hematopoietic stem cells in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The discovery lays the groundwork to detect and target the pre-leukemic stem cell and thereby potentially stop the disease at a very early stage when it may be more amenable to treatment.

January 23, 2014

CIHR congratulates recipients of the Order of Canada from the health research community
Among the ninety new appointees of the Order of Canada, CIHR would like to highlight eight members of the health research community who received this honour for their contributions to science or health care. Our congratulations go to Dr. David Jenkins, Mr. Patrick Lafferty, Dr. Elliot Phillipson, Dr. Michael Rudnicki, Dr. Peter Tugwell, Dr. Ewan Affleck, Dr. Catherine Hankins, and Dr. Ian Tannock. Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement and dedication to the community and nation.