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October 18, 2013

Capitalizing on Big Data: Agencies launch consultation on digital scholarship
Canada’s federal research granting agencies—the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), as well as the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and in collaboration with Genome Canada—have joined forces to help address digital infrastructure challenges through the consultation document Toward a Policy Framework for Advancing Digital Scholarship in Canada.

Institutions, associations, organizations and individuals may provide input on the consultation document between now and December 16, 2013. Email responses should be sent to: digitalscholarship@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

October 17, 2013

CIHR President Dr. Alain Beaudet to join the Governor General for visits to China and Mongolia
At the request of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will conduct State visits to the People’s Republic of China, from October 16 to 24; and to Mongolia, from October 24 to 26, 2013. While in Shanghai, the Governor General will speak with Canadian students studying in China and witness the signing of an agreement between the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine on the establishment of a strategic partnership in medical education and training.

October 16, 2013

IPHRC hosts community event on Aboriginal youth health as part of new CIHR grant
The Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre (IPHRC) will be hosting a free community event on Aboriginal youth health at 6:00 pm on Saturday, October 5th, 2013, at the Albert Scott Community Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan. Dr. Rosemary Jolly, Weiss Chair of Literature and Human Rights at Penn State University, will be the guest speaker. The evening will be open to the public and refreshments will be provided. The event is part of a weekend-long workshop, Miywâyâwin Wâhkôtawin: A Symposium to Build Relationships and Exchange Knowledge of Arts-based Innovations in Aboriginal Health Research, on arts-based Indigenous health research that will be held at the University of Regina from Oct. 4th-6th.

October 15, 2013

October 4, 2013

CIHR Governing Council member receives 2013 Grand prix de l’Académie [ PDF (344 KB) - external link ]
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has awarded the 2013 Grand prix de l’Académie to Mrs. Michèle Fortin, President and CEO of Télé-Québec, and a member of CIHR’s Governing Council. The renowned Grand prix de l’Académie recognizes individuals who, through their outstanding careers, have contributed to the development of Canadian French-language television production. Mrs. Fortin received the Prize during the 28th ceremony of the Gémeaux awards on September 15, 2013.

October 3, 2013

Strongest Families Institute recognized with a 2013 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award
Drs. Patricia Lingley-Pottie and Patrick McGrath, CIHR-funded researchers from Dalhousie University, are the 2013 recipients of Encana Principal Award from the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards Foundation for their groundbreaking work with Strongest Families Institute. The award, which is worth $100,000, recognizes the intellectual achievement, uniqueness and originality, development, commercialization, and benefit that the Institute offers to families who are seeking help for mental health crises. Through a 12-week program that involves handbooks, audiovisual material and a website, these families can receive psychological care from a distance as an alternative to costly traditional methods of in-house treatment by professionals during business hours. Drs. Lingley-Pottie and McGrath will receive the award at a gala ceremony on October 18, 2013 in Calgary.

Minister Rickford announces Canada Excellence Research Chair for McGill University
On September 25, 2013, the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced the appointment of Dr. Luda Diatchenko as the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human Pain Genetics at McGill University. Dr. Diatchenko is a world-renowned expert in the genetic basis of pain in humans. Her work will contribute to the development of personalized medicine approaches to the treatment of chronic pain.

The CERC program attracts talented and innovative researchers from around the world and helps to further Canada's growing reputation as a leader in research, higher learning and science and technology development. These awards are among the most prestigious and generous available globally.

September 30, 2013

September 10, 2013

Government of Canada announces Shoppers Drug Mart Arthritis Screening Program

Arthritis Screening Tool Now Available at Your Local Shoppers Drug Mart

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, and Domenic Pilla, Shoppers Drug Mart President & CEO, have announced an innovative new arthritis screening program made possible by CIHR-funded research. Pharmacists at 1,200 Shoppers Drug Mart locations across the country will now be able to provide arthritis screening and treatment guidance to customers. Patients will also be able to consult a web-based arthritis screening app on the Shoppers Drug Mart website. This unique program is the result of a partnership between Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) and the Arthritis Research Centre (ARC). This patient-oriented screening tool is based on the work of ARC researchers Drs. Jolanda Cibere, Carlo Marra and John Esdaile. Their work was supported in part by CIHR.

August 9, 2013

July 5, 2013

Maura Davies receives award from Canadian College of Health Leaders

Maura Davies, a member of CIHR’s Governing Council, received the award for Distinguished Service from Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL). As President and Chief Executive Officer at the Saskatchewan Health Region, Ms. Davies is being recognized by the CCHL for devoting over 35 years of her career to healthcare as a clinical dietician, educator, and senior executive. She is a board member with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Saskatchewan Health Quality Council, and Saskatchewan Health Sciences Network, a surveyor for Accreditation Canada and a Fellow of CCHL. As a national, member-driven, non-profit association, the CCHL is dedicated to ensuring that Canada’s health system benefits from capable, competent and effective leaders by credentialing, training, networking and mentoring them.

CIHR congratulates four recipients of the Order of Canada in fields of science and health care

CIHR commends four people who are being inducted into the Order of Canada as Officers or Members due to their work in science and health care. Created in 1967 as one of Canada’s highest civilian honours, and presented by the Governor-General, the Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. A special note goes to Dr. Robert Thirsk, CIHR’s Vice-President of Public, Government and Institute Affairs, who is being appointed as an Officer in field of Science for his work as a former Canadian astronaut and as someone who promotes science education. Dr. Salim Yusuf, a CIHR-funded researcher based at McMaster University, is being recognized as an Officer in the field of Health Care for contributions to establishing effective treatments for heart disorders; Dr. Diane Lamarre, a CIHR-funded researcher from Université de Montréal, is being inducted as a Member in the field of Health Care for her leadership efforts in the advancement of pharmaceutical care; and Dr. Patricia Martens, a CIHR-funded researcher based at University of Manitoba, is being recognized as a Member in the field of Health Care for her work in population health research and contributions to health policy in Manitoba.

June 15, 2013

May 14, 2013

New mechanism to prevent type 2 diabetes in obese individuals

A new Montréal study conducted by Dr. May Faraj, associate research professor at the Université de Montréal and invited scientist at the IRCM, along with her research team and medical collaborators, shows that the number of particles carrying bad cholesterol in the blood is an important factor in promoting the risk for type 2 diabetes in obese individuals. Their results are published in the May issue of the Journal of Lipid Research. This scientific breakthrough may help prevent diabetes by targeting treatments to higher-risk individuals.

May 9, 2013

2013 National Physician Survey now online!

May 8, 2013

Government of Canada supports initiatives to research and treat post-traumatic stress disorder

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, marked the beginning of Mental Health Week in Canada with the announcement of new initiatives to help Canadian veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their families.

Minister Blaney launched a new PTSD Coach Canada mobile app developed by Veterans Affairs Canada, in partnership with the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Mental Health Association. PTSD Coach Canada will provide Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces personnel, and civilians with PTSD with a new way to help manage their symptoms.

The Minister also announced CIHR funding for a two-year study involving 140 clinicians that will examine how effectively they are using cognitive processing therapy to treat adults with PTSD.

April 26, 2013

New research projects to enhance bioinformatics and computational biology tools and methodologies
New Canadian bioinformatics and computational biology research projects will help manage, analyze and interpret vast amounts of genomics data to accelerate advances in personalized medicine, public health and other areas of importance to Canadians and the economy.

April 22, 2013

Dr. Paul Lasko serves as judge at 2013 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada

April 8, 2013

Dr. John Wallace, CIHR-funded researcher at McMaster University, will be awarded the Heymans Foundation Memorial Medal

March 26, 2013

Government of Canada announces new personalized health research projects across Canada

Canadians with debilitating diseases will soon benefit from new personalized approaches to treatment thanks to researchers across the country and funding from the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced the results of a major $150-million genomics and personalized health competition, a Genome Canada-Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) partnership. The announcement was made alongside Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, during a visit to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), to learn more about a project exploring the genetic basis of autism.

Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan–St. Paul, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $13.7 million to support four research projects in Ontario.

Seventeen projects in total have been approved for funding, each valued in the range of $3 million to $13 million. The projects will be spearheaded by some of Canada's top researchers and leading teams at academic institutions in Quebec (eight projects), Ontario (four projects), Alberta (one project) and British Columbia (four projects).

March 19, 2013

Human and Statistical Genetics Meeting

March 18, 2013

Government of Canada announces new Canada Research Chairs
The Canada Research Chairs program has positioned Canada as an international leader and destination of choice in research and development. In total, the Government of Canada will provide $90.6 million in support to 120 newly awarded and renewed Canada Research Chairs. The research, which will be conducted at 39 Canadian institutions, has potential benefits for Canadians and their families, businesses, practitioners and policy-makers. Of this total, 19 researchers have been recruited from abroad, including 10 Canadians returning to work in their home country—demonstrating the success of the program in attracting and supporting research excellence in Canada.

January 28, 2013

CIHR funded researcher as collaborating partner in a major brain project out of the European Union (EU)
Dr. Alan Evans, CIHR funded scientist of the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University is acting as the Canadian representative scientist to the EU's newly funded Human Brain Project (HBP). The goal of the project is to garner a new understanding of the brain and its diseases and of completely new computing and robotic technologies. The project will unite more than 80 international research institutions in the study of the complexities of the human brain. The HBP, which is set to last 10 years, has been launched today through funding by the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) initiative. The project will be coordinated at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, and headed by neuroscientist Henry Markram. Dr. Evans's contribution of ultra high-resolution 3D brain maps and brain imaging infrastructure will allow the integration of Canadian neuroscientists into an eventual global brain project.

Video about the Human Brain Project

January 10, 2013

CIHR is pleased to announce the release of the Best Practices for Health Research Involving Children and Adolescents, as a result of our partnership with the McGill Centre of Genomics and Policy and the Maternal Infant Child and Youth Research Network.

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