2011 Recipients of CIHR Journalism Awards
Eighteen leading journalists across Canada with an interest in health research will now have the time and resources to produce in-depth reports on issues ranging from neuroscience and cancer to Northern health and medical tourism. The journalists and their proposed topics are:
- Marine Corniou (Québec Science), tuberculosis in the North;
- Kelly Crowe (CBC), neuroscience;
- Laura Eggertson (freelance), suicide in Aboriginal communities;
- Marie-Pier Elie (freelance), new cancer therapies;
- Lesley Evans Ogden (freelance), obesity;
- Laurie Fagan (CBC), palliative care;
- Pamela Fayerman (Vancouver Sun/Postmedia), medical research and accountability;
- Lia Grainger (freelance), maternal age;
- Alex Hutchinson (freelance), brain physiology;
- Meredith Levine (freelance), vestibular disorders;
- Pascale Millot (Québec Science), organ donation;
- Caroline Montpetit (Le Devoir), end of life care;
- Alison Motluk (freelance), obsessive–compulsive disorder;
- Mariève Paradis (freelance), recruitment of health professionals in the North;
- Pamela Post (freelance), bipolar disorder;
- Ann Silversides (freelance), health care delivery in the North;
- Pauline Tam (Ottawa Citizen), autism;
- Deborah Wilson (CBC), medical tourism.
About the CIHR Journalism Awards
Now in its fourth year, the CIHR Journalism Awards address the continuing demand by Canadians for more quality coverage of health research and seek to increase the number of journalists with an interest and expertise in this field.
The CIHR Journalism Awards reflect the view that health research gains its greatest value when shared with healthcare decision makers and practitioners, as well as with individuals who can use it to improve their own health. With access to millions of readers, viewers and listeners across the country, the media represent an important vehicle for sharing, or translating health research knowledge.
Awards amounts are based on the project requirements outlined by the applicants, to a maximum of $20,000. This year, for the first time, three of CIHR's 13 institutes also contributed funding for projects that dealt with health research issues tied to their specific research areas of focus: the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (two awards), the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health (one award) and the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (one award).
CIHR is planning to launch a new competition for the CIHR Journalism Awards sometime in the late spring of 2012. The deadline for applications will be around the end of September. Working journalists interested in health research stories are encouraged to apply. Find out more about CIHR Journalism Awards.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada.