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21 January 2016

Review process evolving to support new programs

MSFHR has contracted the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation’s REAL Knowledge Program to lead an environmental scan of review practices at Canadian and international health research funding agencies.

In commissioning this review, MSFHR recognizes that many forces are changing the way funders make decisions. Factors such as patient involvement, commercialization prospects, and relevance to health-system priorities are increasingly significant considerations in allocating research dollars. MSFHR is eager to develop processes that will address these broader dimensions of application review.

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MSFHR at 15: Aubrey J. Tingle Prize through the years

An interactive chart offers a visual history of past Aubrey J. Tingle Prize winners. Read more

Event: “Blue sky” meeting on collaborative autism research

A research meeting on January 29 will explore opportunities for collaboration on autism research. Read more

Partnership advances Alzheimer’s research

MSFHR and the Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation co-funded six post-doctoral Trainee awards in 2015. Read more

BC SUPPORT Unit looks ahead to 2016 activities

The BC SUPPORT Unit continues to plan for regular operations and will be advancing the development of a number of its components during the first half of 2016 in consultation with advisory, reference and working groups. Read more

MSFHR People

Janice Eng (2003 & 2007 Scholar) & Shoukat Dedhar (2001 Scholar) are recipients of the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s 2015 Distinguished Medical Research Lecturer Awards. Eng is being recognized for her work on neurological rehabilitation and the development of innovative rehabilitation treatments, and Dedhar for his work in cancer biology and cell adhesion mechanisms.

Jennifer Gardy (2004 & 2006 Trainee), has been named one of SFU’s 2015 Outstanding Alumni. Gardy will receive her award March 3 in recognition of her entrepreneurial spirit and devotion to science education, including her work in science communication and media.

Wendy Norman (2012 Scholar) has been awarded the Guttmacher Institute’s 2015 Darroch Award for excellence in sexual and reproductive health research. This award recognizes the significant impact that Norman’s research has had on the reproductive health of Canadian women, including policy changes that have improved access to the most effective forms of contraception for First Nations and Inuit women.

Martin Taylor, (former MSFHR board chair) was recently appointed executive director of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network. He will begin his five-year term on April 1.


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