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 Refreshed Strategic Priorities 2017/18 – 2019/20

Working collaborative with diverse partners to increase the resources and opportunities for research funding within tis mandate areas, ICRH plans to:

  • Facilitate networking within, and among ICRH’s research community and to other stakeholders in the research enterprise nationally and internationally;
  • Enhance training and early career development to build future research and knowledge leaders within ICRH mandate areas;
  • Enhance the conduct of Indigenous Health Research and equitable research under ICRH’s mandate areas; and
  • Enhance the ICRH research community’s ability to participate in and contribute to the multi-Institute signature initiatives launched collectively by Science Council.

In the next three years ICRH expects to see that:

  • Resources and opportunities are increased through collective effort for training and early career development in the ICRH community;
  • Stakeholders and partners are engaged and perceive ICRH as able to facilitate their participation in the Institute’s activities;
  • Researchers working in ICRH mandate areas are further represented in national and international research and knowledge translation and implementation activities; and
  • Health and health system impacts are realized from research conducted in the ICRH mandate areas, particularly for Canada’s Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and populations facing potential systematic biases.

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.

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