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An Inter-provincial comparison of innovative programs that help individuals and families affected by life-limiting chronic illnesses navigate end-of-life

Dr. Kelli Stajduhar is working with a team of researchers across Canada including PI R. Urquart (NS), and Co-Is K. Pfaff (ON), G. Johnston (NS), B. Lawson (NS), C. Tschupruk (NS), and G. Warner (NS). MSFHR has contributed matched-funding to support the CIHR Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research funding.

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2018

Translating research into practice: Investigating the impact of Alzheimer's disease diagnostics in Canada (IMPACT-AD)

Early and accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is critical as timely access to health care and community services has the potential to slow disease progression and improve quality of life. Current approaches for diagnosis rely on traditional imaging tests and observation of the signs and symptoms of the disease. Adding the measure of proteins found in cerebrospinal fluid (biomarkers) has been shown to help correctly identify the disease and predict those with mild symptoms that are likely to progress to dementia; however, such testing is not readily available in Canada.

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2017

Supporting integration through primary health care teams: A comparative policy analysis across four Canadian provinces

MSFHR is contributing match-funding towards Dr. Nelly Oelke’s research, awarded through SPOR Networks in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations – Provincial/ Territorial Comparative Program and Policy grant. Dr. Oelke is undertaking this pan-Canadian project across four provinces (BC, AB, ON, and QC) with a team of researchers including the following PIs: S. Montesanti (AB), S. Johnston (ON), and M. Breton (QC).

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2018

Cultural agility in Northern BC's healthcare system: Increasing Indigenous employment participation and responsiveness to Indigenous well-being

Primary Investigator Dr. Sarah de Leeuw and Co-Investigator Dr. Margo Greenwood, together with northern and provincial partners, lead a five-year, 1.3 million research project focused on further enhancement of Indigenous health and the healthcare climate in northern BC.

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2018

Targeting amyloid propagation in Alzheimer disease: Structures, immunology and extracellular vesicle topology

Dr. Neil Cashman is one of five BC researchers supported through the British Columbia Alzheimer’s Research Award. Established in 2013 by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Genome British Columbia (Genome BC), The Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation (PARF) and Brain Canada, the goal of the $7.5 million fund is to discover the causes of and seek innovative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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2013

Propagated protein misfolding of SOD1 in ALS: Exemplar for neurodegeneration

MSFHR supported Dr. Neil Cashman’s award as one of two interprovincial teams from across Canada funded through Brain Canada’s Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI) in 2013. The MIRI supports the research of multidisciplinary teams and aims to accelerate novel and transformative research that will fundamentally change the understanding of nervous system function and dysfunction and its impact on health. MSFHR committed funding over three years to support the work of Cashman’s BC-based research activities and research led by fellow MIRI recipient Dr.

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2013

Integrating paramedics into primary care to optimize patient time in the community at end of life

MSFHR is providing matching funds to support Drs. Sabrina Wong and Jennifer Kryworuchko’s BC-based research as part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) initiative. The multi-province research team was funded through a SPOR PIHCI Provincial/Territorial Comparative Program and Policy Analysis Grant. MSFR is also supporting Dr. Kimberlyn McGrail’s PIHCI Comparative Program and Policy Analysis grant.

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2016

Validation of administrative and primary care electronic medical record derived frailty algorithms

MSFHR provided funding to support Wong’s research as part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) initiative Quick Strikes program.

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What are the impacts of being formally enrolled with a GP on continuity and integration of care? Evidence from a comparison of Quebec and British Columbia

MSFHR is providing matching funds to support Kimberlyn McGrail’s and Laurie Goldsmith’s BC-based research activity as part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) initiative. The BC/Quebec research team was funded through a SPOR PIHCI Provincial/Territorial Comparative Program and Policy Analysis Grant, with additional funding from the University of British Columbia and several Quebec-based institutions and organizations.

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2016

Preclinical development of a disease modifying small molecule therapy for Alzheimer disease

Dr. David Vocadlo is leading one of five BC researchers leading teams supported through the British Columbia Alzheimer’s Research Award. Established in 2013 by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Genome British Columbia (Genome BC), The Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation (PARF) and Brain Canada, the goal of the $7.5 million fund is to discover the causes of and seek innovative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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2015

Implementation and evaluation of an enhanced PharmaNet-based adverse drug event reporting platform to improve patient safety and meet adverse drug reaction reporting requirements

MSFHR is contributing match-funding towards Dr. Ellen Balka’s research (co-led with Dr. Corinne Hohl, recent awardee of Clinician Scientist Award), one of 22 projects as part of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) eHealth Innovation Partnership Program (eHIPP). eHIPP was designed to address gaps in health care — including supporting seniors with complex care needs in their home — by stimulating collaborations between health researchers and Canadian innovative technology companies.

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2015

The DCD Advocacy Toolkit: Supporting diagnosis and intervention for children with developmental coordination disorder in British Columbia

Co-leads:

  • Jill Zwicker
    University of British Columbia
  • Ivonne Montgomery
    Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
  • Giovana Boniface Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists - BC

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2017

Building intersections for vibrant rural communities (Building Intersections 2018)

Co-leads:

  • Katrina Plamondon 
    Interior Health
  • Jude Kornelsen 
    Centre for Rural Health Research / University of British Columbia
  • Amanda McDougall
    Interior Health
  • Kim Barnes 
    Interior Health

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2017

Priority setting for children's right to protection in BC: A knowledge mobilization symposium

Co-leads:

  • Ziba Vaghri 
    University of Victoria
  • Deborah Chaplain 
    Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Bernard Richard
    Representative for Children and Youth of BC

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  • Sally (Yue) Lin
    University of Victoria

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2017

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