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April 17, 2015

Government of Canada welcomes new Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada

Minister Ambrose announced the appointment of Michael Wilson as the new Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada's Board of Directors. The Government of Canada created the Mental Health Commission of Canada to act as a catalyst for change in mental health, advancing the promotion of mental health and prevention of mental illness in Canada. Mr. Wilson is also Vice-Chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Governing Council.

March 19, 2015

International launch of epigenome data portal

Large IHEC Data Release: Over 5500 datasets now accessible via the IHEC Data Portal

The IHEC Data Portal was developed to integrate and distribute datasets produced by various IHEC (International Human Epigenome Consortium) member consortia. The Portal was created by the team of Dr. Guillaume Bourque at McGill University, through a project funded under the CIHR Canadian Epigenetics, Environment, and Health Research Consortium (CEEHRC). The Portal implements a database and a graphical interface that currently hosts 5667 epigenomic datasets. It provides an overview of all the whole genome experiments produced by IHEC members, categorized by providers, tissue types and assay types. It implements a dynamic grid that can be used to navigate through the datasets and provides links to either visualize the data in a genome browser or download it. A new feature expected for the Data Portal in the near future is a tool for correlation analysis, to provide insights on the similarity of different assays and tissues. By facilitating data distribution and interpretation, the IHEC Data Portal helps accelerate the translation of epigenomics knowledge into health and disease applications. The Portal has also received support from CANARIE, Génome Québec, Génome Canada and Compute Canada.

March 18, 2015

University of Toronto researcher wins L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Award

Dr. Molly Shoichet, a professor and researcher at the University of Toronto, is one of five outstanding women scientists who have won this year's Women in Science Awards sponsored by the L'Oreal Foundation and UNESCO. Dr. Shoichet is one of Canada's leading experts in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

March 17, 2015

February 27, 2015

Ensuring the future of mothers and children in sub-Saharan Africa

On February 25, 2015, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced support to 20 research teams that will help identify, test, and deliver practical, cost-effective solutions to improve maternal and child health in 13 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The Prime Minister made the announcement following a meeting with Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates. This is part of a 7-year, $36 million program funded by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

February 6, 2015

January 15, 2015

CIHR mourns the loss of Dr. Patricia Martens

CIHR-funded Dr. Patricia Martens, a Distinguished Professor in the College of Medicine and Senior Scientist at the University of Manitoba, died on January 10, 2015. As former Director of the internationally-acclaimed Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, Dr. Martens’ work focused on health status, health care, inequities, mental health, child health, and breastfeeding. CIHR supported her “PATHS Equity for Children” study, awarded her with a 2005 Knowledge Translation Award for her work with The Need to Know team, and funded her as co-lead of the pan-Canadian CIHR Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNOD). She was also vice-chair of CIHR-Institute of Population and Public Health advisory board‎ and recipient of a CIHR Applied Public Health Chair. Dr. Martens spoke at 400 conferences, published over 300 articles, reports, book chapters and abstracts, and, in 2013, was inducted a member of the Order of Canada for her “advancement of population health research and her contributions to health policy in Manitoba.”

January 13, 2015

CIHR Congratulates Recipients of the Order of Canada from the Health Research Community

CIHR congratulates Dr. Robyn Tamblyn, Scientific Director of the CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, on her appointment as a member of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honors. Dr. Tamblyn’s research in physician training, health system monitoring and prescription drug management has contributed significantly to patient safety. CIHR also acknowledges the induction of Dr. Alva Dicenso, Dr. Serge Gauthier, Dr. John G. Kelton, Dr. Julio Montaner and Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif. These CIHR-funded researchers are being recognized for their positive contributions to health innovation in various scientific fields across Canada.