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.


ICRH new strategic plan for 2013-2016 is in the final stages of approvals. If you are applying to ICRH funding opportunities, please consult the draft version of the Strategic Plan 2013-2016.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Caroline Wong, ICRH Communications Project Manager.

Strategic Priority Research Themes Identified for 2006 – 2010

The Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory health along with its Advisory Board members has identified a number of research priorities to improve circulatory and respiratory health of Canadians:

  • Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Complications
  • Technology for diagnostic and therapeutic advances, including imaging technologies for early detection of disease
  • Psychological, social, behavioral and environmental determinants of at risk behaviour for chronic disease, and means of effective interventions
  • Sleep: circadian impact on respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, metabolism and obesity, and means of diagnosis, treatment and prevention
  • Biomarkers for chronic disease, including genetic, proteomic and phenotypic markers for prevention, diagnosis and guidance for therapy
  • Aging and the cardiorespiratory system: changing epidemiology, physiology and means to healthy aging and disease prevention
  • Injury repair and inflammation: mechanisms leading to the development of chronic diseases and their potential prevention
  • Transplantation-regeneration-cell based therapies to effect cure rather than palliation, including relevant bioethics aspect

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.