Connections >> July 2012

19 July 2012

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Research with Impact

Research Roundup

MSFHR People

2012 scholars announced

Twenty-three exceptional BC health researchers were recently named recipients of scholar awards through the 2012 MSFHR Career Investigator funding competition.

The recipients, selected from a highly competitive pool of more than 90 applicants, represent the leading edge of health research in BC. Their funded projects span a broad range of disciplines — from HIV vaccine development to cancer treatment to the effects of environmental pollution — each with significant potential to improve health and the health system.

Dr. Bruce McManus awarded 2012 Aubrey J. Tingle Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Bruce McManus — recipient of the third annual Aubrey J. Tingle Prize. The prize is presented to a British Columbia researcher whose work in health research is internationally recognized and has significant impact on advancing clinical or health services and policy research. Nominees are reviewed and the recipient is selected by MSFHR’s Research Advisory Council.

McManus is being recognized for his research contributions in the areas of heart injury and failure, and organ transplantation. He will receive the $10,000 prize at an MSFHR event later this year.

BC health research strategy advisory board appointed

BC’s health research strategy development project reached an important milestone recently with the appointment of an advisory board made up of key leaders from the province’s health care and research communities.

Faster, higher, stronger, safer

When the curtain rises on the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London later this month, MSFHR Research Trainee Dr. Babak Shadgan will be among the medical officials supporting the health and safety of the world’s top athletes.

Shadgan will monitor all wrestling competitions to collect data categorizing injuries according to their mechanism and severity. These data will form the basis for a surveillance study in which Shadgan will assess the rate of injury and develop evidence-informed policy recommendations to better protect athletes.

KT regional reports now available

Regional reports from MSFHR’s recent knowledge translation needs assessment survey are now available. The reports are companion pieces to our initial high-level provincial findings and provide aggregate quantitative data specific to each BC health authority. A comprehensive provincial report will be completed by the end of summer.

Research with Impact

  • Bringing comfort to end-of-life care
    When most of us think of palliative care, we think of people with an illness, such as terminal cancer and the work that nurses and other health care providers do in a hospital, home, or hospice setting to ensure an individual is comfortable, as pain-free as possible, and surrounded by loved ones in his or her final days.However, a recent study by the Canadian Institute for Health Information found that 70 percent of British Columbians who die are not identified as people who could benefit from services associated with palliative care.

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Research Roundup

  • Drs. Elaine Kingwell, Helen Tremlett, and Chris Bajdik
    An MSFHR-supported team, including Dr. Elaine Kingwell (2002 MSFHR Research Trainee and 2011 MSFHR Research Trainee Award, Post-Doctoral Fellow), Dr. Helen Tremlett (2007 MSFHR Scholar), and Dr. Chris Bajdik (2002 MSFHR Scholar, 2007 MSFHR Senior Scholar), investigated the risk of cancer in people with MS compared to the general population, and found that those with MS are less likely to be diagnosed with cancer.
  • Dr. Timothy Kieffer
    Dr. Timothy Kieffer (2006 MSFHR Senior Scholar) and scientists from the New Jersey-based BetaLogics have successfully reversed diabetes in mice using human embryonic stem cell transplants. After the transplant, the mice were gradually taken off insulin and eventually able to self produce insulin.
  • Dr. Francis Lynn
    Dr. Francis Lynn (2012 MSFHR Scholar) is the first recipient of the Alan Permutt Career Development Award, presented by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Lynn is being recognized for his work in the field of beta cell therapies for type 1 diabetes.
  • Dr. Liisa Galea
    Dr. Liisa Galea (2006 MSFHR Senior Scholar) is one of six BC researchers receiving funding for dementia research through the Alzheimer Society Research Program. Galea is studying hormone replacement therapies and their effects on brain health and memory in women. Alzheimer Society British Columbia announcement.
  • Dr. Helen Tremlett
    A new study co-led by MSFHR Scholar Dr. Helen Tremlett has found that a widely prescribed drug treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) does not significantly impact the long-term progression of the disease. The findings provide patients and clinicians with valuable information about the long-term effects of current MS treatments.New York Times article (July 18, 2012)

MSFHR People

  • Dr. Martin Schechter
    MSFHR’s Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Martin Schechter has been awarded the 2012 C.P. Shah Alumni Award of Excellence in Public Health by the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. The award recognizes graduates of any of the academic programs offered by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (and its predecessors) who have advanced the field of public/population health in Canada, or its provinces/territories by his/her contribution and/or sustained efforts in one or more of the following areas: practice, teaching and/or research in public health.>> Read more