Connections >> April 2012

18 April 2012

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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Research with Impact

MSFHR People

A health research legacy for BC

In October 1993, Dr. Michael Smith became BC’s first Nobel laureate, earning international acclaim for his role in developing one of the foundational tools of genetic engineering. For Smith, the Nobel Prize was the culmination of a career that saw him establish a reputation as one of the world’s foremost genetic researchers. For BC, the prize was a milestone pointing to the province’s potential as a global leader in health research.

Smith would have been 80 this month, and this anniversary offers us the opportunity to reflect on his lasting impact on BC’s health research community.

KT needs assessment survey generates excellent response

Thank you to the 1,200 people from across the province, including researchers and those who use health research evidence in their work, who completed our knowledge translation (KT) survey. Initial results indicate high interest in KT skills, training and resources.

A preliminary report will be on our website later this spring and a more comprehensive report will be made available for discussion with our partner organizations by early summer.

MSFHR-supported study decodes genetics of deadliest breast cancer

A new BC Cancer Agency study supported by MSFHR has identified the genetic composition of the deadliest form of breast cancer, opening the possibility of more effective targeted treatments.

The study, co-led by 2011 MSFHR Scholar Dr. Sohrab Shah, found that triple-negative breast cancer is not a single entity, as previously thought, but a complex disease marked by constant evolution and a broad range of mutations.

Research with Impact

  • Engineering change: Science policy fellow will use evidence to improve emergency care
    Noreen Kamal, a doctoral student with a background in electrical and computer engineering, is the first recipient of a new MSFHR award offered in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the BC Ministry of Health. The MSFHR/CIHR Science Policy Fellowship will embed Kamal for six months in the Ministry of Health to develop policy recommendations for emergency department care informed by research evidence and best practice.>> Learn more about this program in our feature story and video profile

MSFHR People

  • Dr. Babak Shadgan
    Dr. Babak Shadgan, a 2011 research trainee and MSFHR/Rick Hansen Institute post-doctoral fellow, has been appointed as the medical officer of wrestling competitions for the 2012 London Olympic Games this July. He will oversee medical and doping control.