Connections >> May 2014

28 May 2014

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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Foundations of KT program helps teams move evidence into practice

One of the greatest challenges facing health researchers is the timely application of evidence to inform and improve health care practice.

To help address this challenge, a new program is working to build capacity for effective knowledge translation (KT) among health care providers. The Foundations of Knowledge Translation Project is a partnership between MSFHR, Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute that helps research teams build the necessary skills to implement evidence relevant to their particular clinical setting.

For Karen Anzai, Caroline Marcoux, Kelly Sharp, and Helena Jung — educators at Vancouver’s GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre — the Foundations program offered a unique and valuable opportunity to increase awareness and adoption of self-management support strategies among clinicians.

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Report highlights improvements in health services and policy research

The landscape for health services and policy research in British Columbia has improved significantly over the past decade, partly due to programs and processes developed by the Health Services & Policy Research Support Network (HSPRSN).

A new report produced by MSFHR summarizes HSPRSN’s achievements in building research capacity, addressing priority research areas, and promoting alignment between researchers and decision-makers. As the initiative winds down in 2014, the report offers an opportunity to reflect on the collective impact of programs undertaken by HSPRSN.

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MSFHR vice-president wins CFO of the Year award

Gordon Schwark, MSFHR vice-president, finance & corporate services, has been named non-profit CFO of the Year by Business in Vancouver.

Schwark, who has overseen MSFHR’s financial management since its inception in 2001, is one of six CFOs honoured by the publication’s annual awards for excellence in corporate growth, strategic decision-making, and leadership.

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SPOR business plan nearing completion

The business plan for BC’s SPOR Support Unit is undergoing final revision in advance of submission to CIHR.

While the original target for submission was March 31, this timeline was extended to enable the completion of work on the data access and services component that will make up one of the support unit’s core function areas. This extension has allowed the SPOR project team to enhance the entire business plan and ensure the support unit model aligns with government and key partner priorities.

The completed plan will be reviewed by the project’s Interim Governing Council.

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Foundations in place to move BC’s health research agenda forward

On May 16, the BC health research strategy advisory board met for the final time. The board members provided their endorsement of the strategy document as well as guidance for advancing the implementation of the actions identified in the document.

MSFHR would like to extend its appreciation to the advisory board members for their invaluable advice and direction throughout the strategy’s development, without which the project would not have been possible.

A printed version of the strategy document is being finalized and will be ready for distribution in a few weeks. Implementation planning is ongoing, and opportunities for involvement will be communicated in the coming weeks.

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Survey seeks feedback on ethics harmonization

The second annual evaluation of the BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative (BCEHI) has been launched.

Anyone interested in research ethics in British Columbia is invited to participate in this online evaluation, which is available at BCEHI Annual Evaluation Survey 2013/14.

The survey is open until Friday, May 30.

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Career opportunities

MSFHR is currently recruiting for the following positions:

  • Manager, BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative (term)
    Reporting to the Director, Projects, this position is responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative.
  • Data Analyst (one-year term)
    This position will manage and analyze health research data from multiple sources and present it in a variety of formats for internal and external end-users.

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Zabrina Brumme

A new MSFHR-supported study led by SFU researcher Dr. Zabrina Brumme has found evidence that HIV is slowly evolving over time to adapt to its human hosts. However, the adaptation appears to be so gradual that it is unlikely to impact the design of future vaccines.

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Nadine Caron & Martin Schechter

A new UBC research centre co-led by MSFHR Board Member Dr. Nadine Caron and MSFHR Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Martin Schechter will support training, research, and resources for Indigenous health in British Columbia.

The recently launched UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health (CEIH) aims to build capacity for research in Indigenous health while promoting collaboration and partnership with Aboriginal communities across the province.

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Sarah de Leeuw

MSFHR Scholar Dr. Sarah de Leeuw is working to renew health and wellness through creative expression. A video profile by Prince George’s CKPG showcases de Leeuw’s UNBC research centre and her team’s work to bring an artistic dimension to health research.

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Elizabeth Saewyc

UBC Nursing professor Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, a 2004 MSFHR Scholar, is one of five co-authors of a new World Health Organization report on global adolescent health. The report cites the top causes of illness, disability and death for boys and girls aged 10 to 19, and reveals positive and concerning health trends for Canadian youth.

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