Connections >> October 2013

23 October 2013

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MSFHR People

Bridging the gap between science and policy

As the first recipient of an MSFHR/CIHR Science Policy Fellowship, Noreen Kamal had the unique opportunity to work alongside provincial health policy-makers during a six-month placement in the BC Ministry of Health.

Kamal, who recently completed her PhD in electrical and computer engineering at UBC, was embedded in the BC Ministry of Health with a specific focus on developing policy recommendations to address emergency department overcrowding.

For 2013, MSFHR is partnering with CIHR and the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health to offer 14 policy assignments across BC. Placements are available in the BC Ministry of Health, the First Nations Health Authority, Island Health, and Interior Health. More information about the policy assignments and application process is available on MSFHR’s website. Applications to this program must be submitted to CIHR by December 16, 2013.

Dr. Martin Gleave awarded Aubrey J. Tingle Prize

Prostate cancer researcher Dr. Martin Gleave has been named the winner of the fourth annual Aubrey J. Tingle Prize.

Created in honour of MSFHR’s founding president & CEO, this award is given 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. Gleave will receive the $10,000 award at an MSFHR event to be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Expert team to lead SPOR application review

Six national and international experts will lend significant inter-disciplinary experience to the review of expressions of interest (EOIs) to participate in BC’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit.

The expert team, consisting of recognized leaders in knowledge translation/implementation science, real-world clinical trials, and data platforms, will provide a review mechanism independent of the BC health research community. In partnership with MSFHR and BC Ministry of Health representatives, they will identify leads representing key function areas to assist in the development of the SUPPORT Unit’s business plan.

Following the selection of function leads, the external expert group will continue to advise the SPOR project team on the development of BC’s SUPPORT Unit.

Workshop scheduled to finalize BC health research strategy

The BC health research strategy planning team has been hard at work this fall, moving forward with the final consultation and sign-on activities for the strategy.

On November 7, participants in the various consultation activities will come together for a half-day workshop to refine and prioritize the actions that will be included in the final strategy. The health research strategy advisory board will meet in late November to finalize the strategy and review an implementation plan.

For the latest updates on the BC health research strategy, visit Copies of the various reports stemming from the BC health research strategy consultation activities are also available for reference on this site.

MSFHR blog showcases BC health research

MSFHR is proud to launch Spark, a new blog devoted to issues and outcomes in British Columbia’s health research community.

Spark is a voice for BC health researchers — an opportunity to start a conversation with colleagues, policy-makers, and the broader public whose health directly benefits from the outcomes of research.

With guest posts contributed by researchers across all health disciplines, the full spectrum of innovation in BC’s health research enterprise will be on display. We’ll be posting new content weekly on Fridays to showcase research findings, provide an in-depth look at projects and initiatives, and foster discussion on important issues in health and health research.

Partnership supports Crohn’s and colitis research


More than 200,000 Canadians suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a group of disorders that cause severe inflammation and ulceration of the gastrointestinal tract.

Since 2009, MSFHR and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) have partnered to jointly fund research with the potential to improve the health of individuals living with IBD. The latest researcher to be supported through this partnership is Dr. Vijay Morampudi, a 2013 MSFHR Research Trainee award recipient.

MSFHR People

  • Dr. John O’Neil
    Dr. John O’Neil, vice-chair of MSFHR’s Board of Directors, has been elected as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. O’Neil, dean of Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, received the honour in recognition of a distinguished research career spanning nearly 35 years. His research has primarily focused on health-system equity issues, including Aboriginal health in Canada and HIV prevention in low- and middle-income countries.>> Read more
  • 2013 Banting Fellows
    Three MSFHR-funded trainees have been named recipients of Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships. Drs. Daisuke Ennishi, Jeremy Hirota, and Supipi Duffy are among 70 researchers to receive the prestigious fellowship, which is funded by the Government of Canada to support innovative research projects at Canadian universities and leading research institutions abroad.>> Government of Canada press release

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