SPOR Networks in Chronic Disease

The primary objective of these Networks is to translate existing and new knowledge generated by health research into testing of innovations that can improve clinical science and practice and foster policy changes, leading to transformative and measureable improvements in patient health outcomes, and in efficiency and effectiveness healthcare delivery within five years.

The five Networks funded are:

  • Chronic Pain Network

    Dr. Norman Buckley, McMaster University

    This network will direct new research, train researchers and clinicians, increase access to care for chronic pain sufferers, and speed up the translation of the most recent research into the reality of care.

  • Listening, Learning, Leading: Canadians Seeking Solutions and Innovations to Overcome Chronic Kidney Disease (Can-SOLVE CKD)

    Dr. Adeera Levin, University of British Columbia

    This network will improve care for people with kidney disease. It aims to reduce the number of people who require dialysis or organ transplants, or who develop related illnesses that are debilitating or deadly.

  • SPOR Network in Diabetes and its Related Complications

    Dr. Gary Lewis, University of Toronto

    This network will transform the health outcomes of people with diabetes and its related complications. It will facilitate important and meaningful connections between patients, their primary healthcare providers, and specialists to achieve improved health care and significant cost savings within the health system.

  • CHILD-BRIGHT: Child Health Initiatives Limiting Disability – Brain Research Improving Growth and Health Trajectories

    Dr. Annette Majnemer, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

    This network will achieve brighter futures for children with brain-based developmental disabilities and their families by creating novel interventions to optimize development, promote healthy outcomes, and deliver responsive and supportive services across the life-course.

  • Inflammation, Microbiome, and Alimentation: Gastro-Intestinal and Neuropsychiatric Effects: the IMAGINE-SPOR chronic disease network

    Dr. Paul Moayyedi, McMaster University

    This network is a national collaboration of patients and scientists that will look at how gut bacteria and diet cause inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome, and at the anxiety and depression associated with these disorders.

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