About ICRH

Who we are

The Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health is one of thirteen institutes, each with a specific focus, that together make up the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). CIHR promotes the creation of new knowledge and advances its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health products and services, and a strengthened health care system.

What we do

The mandate of the ICRH is very broad and encompasses a wide range of communities that conduct research on heart, lung, brain (stroke), blood, blood vessels, critical and intensive care, and sleep. To ensure that various ICRH researchers from different communities would relate to the new priorities and benefit from upcoming funding opportunities, we focused on selecting common themes (identified through the consultations) that would be of relevance to as many research areas as possible.

Strategic Priorities 2013-2016

ICRH identified the following 4 objectives, which align with CIHR’s strategic directions:

  • ICRH Objective 1: Increase the number and competitiveness of ICRH researchers in national and international grant competitions
  • ICRH Objective 2: Achieve better balance across the four CIHR research themes in ICRH-relevant fields
  • ICRH Objective 3: Enlarge the clinical trials activity in ICRH fields, particularly in respiratory health and stroke, and increase international collaborations in clinical trials
  • ICRH Objective 4: Enhance transparency in priority-setting, planning, and decision-making

To advance the above objectives, ICRH is focusing on the following four major priorities to guide its programs and activities:

  1. Enhance capacity, competitiveness, and impact through networking;
  2. Target training, mentoring and early career development to promote capacity building;
  3. Enhance opportunities for clinical, population health and health services research through cohort linkage and data enhancement; and
  4. Contribute to the advancement of relevant CIHR Roadmap Signature initiatives relevant to ICRH.

Scientific Director

Each of the 13 institutes are led by a Scientific Director, whose role includes: building Institute and research capacity; establishing and nurturing partnerships; fostering networking, knowledge dissemination and communication, working as part of CIHR management team; as well as conducting research. The Scientific Director is in turn aided by an Institute Advisory Board (IAB).

Institute Advisory Board (IAB)

The Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) represents a wide range of researchers and policy advisors. Members of the IAB provide support and guidance to the Scientific Director in aligning Institute activities with the Institute's goals of supporting outstanding research, enhancing research capacity, building national and international partnerships, and advancing circulatory and respiratory health in Canada and around the world.