Update from the President: Proposed changes to CIHR's Institutes

2015-01-21

The proposed changes to CIHR's Institutes have generated a significant amount of interest and concern in the health research community. I would like to thank the groups and individuals who have taken the time to submit comments and questions. The letters and emails we have received are a clear indication that Canadian health researchers share our dedication to research excellence.

As part of our commitment to openness and transparency, we continue to keep Canadian researchers informed of our progress through a number of avenues.

Last week, CIHR began a cross-country tour of universities and research institutions to discuss these changes, and the reforms of CIHR’s open programs. As well, senior CIHR executives met with Institute Advisory Board representatives to discuss potential options to restructure the advisory board function. CHIR leaders also met with Aboriginal health researchers to begin an ongoing dialogue to ensure that the unique needs and context of this community remain represented.

Indeed, these sessions are intended to impart information, but more importantly, they allow us to hear feedback directly from our key stakeholders. Those interested can also email comments or questions to institutesmodernization@cihr-irsc.gc.ca. All input received is being considered as we determine how best to implement the Governing Council decisions and strengthen the Institutes model.

This is an exciting time at CIHR, but we recognize that change can be challenging. I encourage anyone interested in our efforts to visit our website, which contains regularly updated information, and to follow our Twitter channel.

Dr. Alain Beaudet
President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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