Connections >> April 2014

17 April 2014

Connections is MSFHR’s monthly e-newsletter. Each issue highlights the top MSFHR news from the past month and showcases the impact of research we’ve funded.

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Partner profile: Women’s Health Research Institute

Since 2005, the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) has served as a vital catalyst for women-centred research throughout British Columbia. Based at BC Women’s Hospital, WHRI supports research across all four CIHR pillars – biomedical, clinical, health services, and population health — with the goal of providing evidence to improve the health of women, their families, and their communities.

2014 MSFHR/CIHR Science Policy Fellows announced

Six BC-based health researchers will have the chance to gain real-world policy-making experience as recipients of 2014 MSFHR/CIHR Science Policy Fellowships.

The award recipients will be embedded in the BC Ministry of Health for between six and 12 months in a policy setting, where they will work as part of a policy team.

New resource to help nurses map their research careers

A new resource commissioned by MSFHR will help define how nurses move through their careers in developing knowledge, skills, and competencies related to research and research use.

The Health Services Researcher Pathway, developed through the BC Nursing Research Initiative, describes five distinct levels of nurses’ research competency. The document is intended to support greater use of research at the point of care, where most nurses work.

May targeted for SPOR business plan submission

The business plan for BC’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit has moved into the final stages of development.

A draft version of the plan was completed by the March 31 target date and shared with key stakeholders in the BC Ministry of Health. This draft was well received, and there is broad support for the emerging direction of BC’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit. The business plan is currently undergoing final revisions in preparation for expected submission to CIHR in early May.

CIHR’s iterative review process for business plan submissions is outlined here.

MSFHR is facilitating the development of BC’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit on behalf of the BC Ministry of Health. For more information on this initiative, visit

BC health research strategy moving into implementation

After 18 months of far-reaching consultation and significant environmental scanning, the BC health research strategy is finally complete. Work is underway to prepare the document for publication and communication to a broader audience.

The reference group has been engaged once again to offer their thoughts on how to implement the strategy and meetings are also underway with various stakeholder groups, including government, to get their “sign-on” to the BC health research strategy and find out how they want to be involved in implementation.

To support the transition from strategy development to implementation, the advisory board will meet one final time in mid-May to review implementation models and recommend who should be involved in providing leadership and guidance to the implementation process going forward.

MSFHR taking on project management of BCEHI

With the endorsement of the senior leaders of the partner organizations involved in the BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative (BCEHI), MSFHR is taking on project management of the initiative as it enters a new phase of development. The BCEHI is an MSFHR-facilitated and funded initiative aimed at developing a more effective, coordinated provincial approach to ethics review of health research studies involving multiple Research Ethics Boards (REB). It is funded at $1 million over a four-year period (2011-2105).


Spark is a new blog dedicated to issues and outcomes in British Columbia’s health research community. We are proud to feature new content contributed by BC researchers working across a broad range of health disciplines. Below is a selection of recent posts.

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