July 10, 2014
June 23, 2014
CIHR mourns the loss of Dr. Éric Dewailly
CIHR mourns the loss of Dr. Éric Dewailly, a CIHR-funded researcher, who died in a tragic accident on June 17. Dr. Dewailly, 59, was a full professor in environmental health at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at Laval University. His research focused on the toxic effects of oceans, nutrition and the environment on human health - particularly among Aboriginal people. Colleagues have called Dr. Dewailly's population health research "pioneering". He represented Canada on the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program/Health, was the director of the CIHR-funded Nasivik Centre for Inuit Health, was a former member of the CIHR-Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health advisory board (2000-2006), and was part of several scientific networks (including ArcticNet, CIHR Network for autism and Global Health Research Initiative). He received his degree in medicine from University of Lille (France, 1982), completed his specialized studies in public health (CES, Amiens, 1983), worked as a resident in community health at Laval University (1983-85), received a Master's Degree in epidemiology at Laval University (1987) and completed a PhD in toxicology at Université de Lille (1990).
June 11, 2014
June 6, 2014
CIHR-funded Researcher’s Discovery Put into Pivotal Clinical Trial for Stroke Patients
In January 2015, through a clinical trial, paramedics will get the chance to administer a new drug called NA-1 on 518 stroke patients who are on their way to the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. NA-1, which was discovered by CIHR-funded Canada Research Chair Dr. Michael Tymianski, could be revolutionary for the stroke research community if it proves to be effective. While the trial is starting in Toronto, similar dispensations of the drug could take place in Peel Region and Vancouver hospitals.
May 7, 2014
May 5, 2014
The American Diabetes Association will award the prestigious Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement Award to Daniel J. Drucker, MD. This award for scientific excellence recognizes significant, long-term contributions to the understanding, treatment or prevention of diabetes. Dr. Drucker will be recognized with this honor at the Association's 74th Scientific Sessions®, taking place June 13-17, 2014, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
April 23, 2014
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
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
March 31, 2014
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
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.