Connections >> August 2014

21 August 2014

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Aubrey J. Tingle receives Order of BC; nominations for AJT Prize still open

MSFHR’s founding President & CEO Dr. Aubrey J. Tingle was among 23 exceptional individuals appointed to the Order of British Columbia at a special ceremony held July 22 in Victoria.

Dr. Tingle was recognized for his outstanding contributions to advancing health research in British Columbia. Through his critical role in the creation of MSFHR, Dr. Tingle helped create a strong health research environment that attracts and retains the best researchers and supports them to produce innovative discoveries. He served as MSFHR’s president & CEO from 2001 until his retirement in 2008.

In 2010, MSFHR created the Aubrey J. Tingle Prize to honour Dr. Tingle’s work. The award celebrates the achievements of BC-based researchers who have made a significant impact on improving health and the health system.

Nominations for the 2014 Aubrey J. Tingle Prize are open until September 5.

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Applications sought for analysis of aIPCC data

MSFHR is requesting applications for a research project that will analyze data from the BC Ministry of Health to understand the impact of Accelerated Integrated Primary and Community Care (aIPCC) initiatives.

The three main categories of activity under aIPCC are home-based, system/service delivery redesign, and clinical redesign initiatives. A number of these initiatives are being implemented across the province to accelerate the Integrated Primary and Community Care (IPCC) program. This research project’s primary objective is to analyze BC Ministry of Health data to identify patterns of health services use and the extent to which these patterns changed as a result of aIPCC initiatives.

The maximum amount of the award is $100,000. Experienced researchers or research teams affiliated with a BC host institution that is eligible to hold MSFHR funds are eligible to submit a proposal for this research project. Applications are due by 4 p.m. (Pacific time), September 12, 2014.

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MSFHR sponsors upcoming conferences

MSFHR is proud to support two events in September that will advance dialogue on health and health research.

  • Connect 2014
    September 22
    Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites, Vancouver

    InspireNet’s fifth annual fall conference is focused on the challenges and opportunities in using research to improve health care. All researchers, clinicians, policy-makers, students/trainees, and individuals with an interest in health services research are encouraged to attend. Speakers include MSFHR’s Diane Finegood (president & CEO), Bev Holmes (vice-president, research & impact), and Lori Last (director, communications). 
  • Interface 2014
    September 29-30
    Vancouver Convention Centre West

    Interface is the only digital health international summit in Canada that brings together health, technology, design, social media, and business. Speakers will include leading experts, innovators, and creative thinkers on the future of health, including MSFHR President & CEO Diane Finegood. Connections readers can save $100 by registering before August 29 or by using the code MSFHR14 between August 30 and September 26.

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Career opportunities

MSFHR is currently recruiting for the following position:

  • Financial Analyst
    You are a numbers whiz who loves everything to do with analysis, budgeting, forecasting, modeling and reporting.
    Deadline: August 29, 2014
  • Manager, Human Resources & Facilities
    You are an HR generalist who is proactive, creative and passionate about HR. Working closely with senior leadership, you will provide HR support to a team of 35.
    Deadline: September 5, 2014
  • Senior Coordinator, Partnerships & Marketing
    You have a strong background in fundraising, community relations, and marketing and love working with other organizations to explore and promote partnership opportunities.
    Deadline: September 9, 2014

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MSFHR People

  • Nadine Caron
    MSFHR board member Dr. Nadine Caron is featured in a new video by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation explaining breast self-examination. Caron and a team of specialized researchers are currently collecting information from previous breast cancer patients who reside in northern BC, as a result of the current scarcity of data representing this population. Her research will help make recommendations for improved cancer care system improvements and policy development in the area of breast cancer care.

  • Menno Oudhoff
    2013 MSFHR Trainee Menno Oudhoff is one of 70 newly announced recipients of Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships. First awarded by the Government of Canada in 2010, Banting fellowships support the career development of post-doctoral researchers at Canadian universities and leading international research institutions. Oudhoff, who is based at the University of British Columbia, is researching the role of the gene Set7 in intestinal stem cells during regeneration and cancer.

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KT needs assessment survey informs SPOR business case

As a leader in the health research community, MSFHR has an important role to play in helping to close the gap between knowledge (what we know) and action (what we do), through knowledge translation (KT).

A new blog post reflects on MSFHR’s 2012 provincial KT needs assessment survey and how its findings are helping to address the needs of BC’s health research community with the ultimate goal of increasing the use of health research evidence in BC and beyond.

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