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27 January 2015



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Introducing Spark, MSFHR’s new digital publication

With an extended community of more than 1,500 funded researchers, 65 research teams, and dozens of partners, MSFHR is privileged to be at the centre of many great stories. Our search for a way to share these stories with our diverse audiences led us to develop Spark, our new quarterly publication.

A completely digital platform, Spark allows us to dig deeper into the stories of individuals, institutions, and issues that are making a difference to health research in BC.

In our first issue, we put a lens on people, responsiveness, and coherence, the strategic directions that informed our work over the past year and will shape our ongoing efforts to add value to BC’s health system.

Spark will be complementary to Connections, and subsequent issues will take a thematic focus on high-impact topics affecting health research in BC.

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Dr. Bev Holmes named interim leader of BC’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit


At the request of the BC Ministry of Health, Dr. Bev Holmes will be seconded half-time from her position with MSFHR to serve as interim lead of BC’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit.

Holmes, who serves as MSFHR’s vice-president, research & impact, will assume the role February 2 to help guide the SUPPORT Unit through its start-up phase.

Her initial focus will be developing and implementing an interim action plan to guide the SUPPORT Unit’s implementation. This plan will be informed by an international peer review of the SUPPORT Unit business plan conducted by CIHR in Ottawa on January 29.

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2015 Trainee competition opening soon

MSFHR is preparing to open applications to the 2015 Research Trainee Program Competition for Post-Doctoral Fellowship Awards.

The MSFHR ApplyNet system will open in early February to accept applications to this competition. Full application instructions will be posted at this time. Competition guidelines are currently available on our website to help you plan your application.

Letters of intent must be submitted by March 17. The deadline for receipt of full applications is April 20.

On-site info sessions have been scheduled for early February at universities and research institutions around the province. Confirmed sessions are listed on MSFHR’s website, and additional sessions will be added as they are finalized.

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Aubrey J. Tingle Prize nominations open until Jan. 31

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2015 Aubrey J. Tingle Prize.

Named after MSFHR’s founding president & CEO, the prize honours a BC clinician scientist or scholar practitioner whose work is internationally recognized and has significant impact on advancing clinical or health services and policy research. The deadline for nominations is Saturday, January 31, 2015.

MSFHR is proud to present the 2015 Aubrey J. Tingle Prize in partnership with LifeSciences BC for the first time in the award’s five-year history. The prize will be presented April 16 as part of the 17th annual LifeSciences BC Awards.

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Momentum continues on Directions for Health Research in BC

Work is underway in BC by various groups to advance the actions outlined within Directions for Health Research in BC, a document that represents the culmination of a concerted effort to develop a provincial health strategy.

MSFHR is supporting the strategy currently by acting as a central coordinating body that shares information about the current status of actions outlined in the strategy. Additional progress has been made in the past few months:

  • The provincial government published the final report of the working group for the BC Centre for Data Innovation.
  • The business plan for BC’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit is undergoing external peer review, and MSFHR’s Bev Holmes has been named interim leader (see above).
  • The BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative launched a pilot model for harmonized ethics review of minimal-risk studies.

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Funding opportunity to evaluate influenza prevention policy

MSFHR is requesting applications for a research project that will evaluate the effectiveness of British Columbia’s province-wide influenza prevention policy.

In 2012, BC became the first Canadian province to implement a policy requiring all health care workers to either receive the seasonal influenza vaccine or wear a mask while in patient care areas.

One research team will be selected to receive up to $360,000 over a maximum three-year period to study the policy’s impact in the BC.

The deadline for applications is April 3.

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