Connections >> June 2013

20 June 2013

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Research Roundup

MSFHR People

Positive response to BC health research strategy consultation efforts

The BC health research strategy is in the final stages of a multi-pronged consultation process designed to solicit feedback from a wide range of health research stakeholders. An online survey closed last week and regional workshops are currently underway.

The health research community responded very positively to the survey – a total of 950 individuals, representing a wide cross-section of the BC health research community, completed the survey that closed June 12.

Overall, the initial results indicate an emerging consensus with respect to priorities for provincial level actions. The top priorities include the development of an accessible and robust provincial data platform, academic health sciences networks, and a provincial mechanism to support evidence-based decision-making.

MSFHR joins online portal supporting health care renewal

MSFHR is pleased to join the national partnership supporting the Evidence-Informed Healthcare Renewal (EIHR) Portal, an online repository of documents and resources related to health care renewal in Canada. The EIHR Portal permits knowledge sharing across the country by providing researchers and policy-makers a single point of access to a wide range of materials, including jurisdictional reviews, stakeholder position papers, and intergovernmental communiqués.

BC trainees funded to attend KT Canada Summer Institute

Four BC-based research trainees were funded by MSFHR to expand their knowledge translation skills at the 2013 KT Canada Summer Institute in Knowledge Translation. PhD candidates Emily Jenkins (UBC), Sarah Munro (UBC), and Lupin Battersby (SFU), and post-doctoral fellow Rozanne Wilson (UBC) were fully supported to attend the workshop June 17-19 in Hamilton, Ont.

Research Roundup

MSFHR People

  • Dr. Robert Hogg
    Dr. Robert Hogg has been named president of the Canadian Association for HIV Research. Hogg is a professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and a researcher at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

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  • Dr. Sally Thorne
    Dr. Sally Thorne, vice-chair of MSFHR’s Board of Directors, received an honorary degree from Queen’s University on June 7. Thorne, who is a professor of nursing at UBC, has served as a visiting scholar and advisor at 14 nursing schools and universities, including Queen’s.

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