Connections >> July 2013

24 July 2013

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 Roundup

MSFHR announces 2013 Trainee Award recipients

Fifty-nine exceptional BC health researchers have been named recipients of post-doctoral fellowship awards through MSFHR’s 2013 Research Trainee funding competition.

The award recipients, selected from a highly competitive pool of 251 applicants, represent a bright future for health research in BC. Their innovative projects span a broad range of disciplines and will help to address important health challenges for the benefit of all British Columbians.

MSFHR’s Research Trainee Program invests in supporting BC’s best and brightest young investigators to launch independent research careers. Since 2001, MSFHR has granted more than 1,200 awards that have enabled highly qualified graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to develop their skills working alongside established health researchers.

BC’s SPOR application moves towards business plan

BC is ready to move forward with its application for a provincial research service centre under CIHR’s national Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research.

An interim governing council of senior BC health and research leaders has been formed to provide direction on the design and establishment of a SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit in BC. The council will oversee the development of a SUPPORT Unit business plan in fall 2013 based on expressions of interest collected from the BC research community.

A call for expressions of interest will be issued in late July 2013, inviting individuals, teams, and organizations from across the health research and health care sectors to participate in the unit and the development of the business plan.

BC health research strategy consultation winding down

A months-long consultation process designed to solicit feedback from a wide range of health research stakeholders ends July 24 with a final regional consultation workshop in Prince George.

Input from this session, along with feedback from discussions held in other regions of BC, will be summarized in a consultation report that should be available in August 2013. A report summarizing the online survey conducted in May and June is now available.

All input received from regional workshops, focus sessions, key informant interviews, and the online survey will help shape the development of a provincial health research strategy. The strategy will be drafted this summer with completion targeted for fall 2013.

BC moves closer to coordinated ethics review

A new agreement signed by the eight partner institutions of the BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative (BCEHI) represents an important first step towards a coordinated provincial approach to ethical review of human-subject health research.

The “reciprocity agreement” signed at the end of May by BCEHI partners authorizes the 14 ethics review boards under their jurisdiction to collaborate on the development of streamlined ethics review processes between institutions. The agreement commits the partner institutions to create a framework that will eliminate duplication in the ethics review of health research that spans jurisdictions.

Primary health care evaluation gets $2.4M boost

A new MSFHR-supported initiative to improve performance measurement and reporting of community-based primary health care was among 12 Innovation Grants announced recently by federal health minister Leona Aglukkaq. A UBC team, co-led by Dr. Kim McGrail and Dr. Sabrina Wong, received a $2.4 million grant, co-funded with $1.9 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and $500,000 from MSFHR.

The research team will work with providers to learn how comprehensive performance measurement and reporting can support improvements and innovation in how primary care services are delivered to Canadians.

Networks Leadership Symposium

MSFHR is pleased to sponsor the Networks Leadership Symposium at Royal Roads University on November 12-13. At this symposium, you will have a chance to mix and mingle and listen to international speakers who will explore the science of inter-organizational networks; specifically, their value in addressing complex issues, their leadership and management, their issues related to sustainability, and their evaluation.

The focus will be on re-thinking networks, and exploring the science and practice of inter-organizational networks. MSFHR Vice-President, Research Impact, Bev Holmes, who is on the symposium planning committee, will be in attendance. Registration is now open.

Research Roundup

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