Connections >> January 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.
In this issue:
- New partnerships to support funding of Scholar awards
- New $7.5M fund to advance Alzheimer's research in BC
- Seniors Forum helps improve home care support
- BC health research strategy update
- Dr. Martin Gleave receives 2013 Aubrey J. Tingle Prize
- Stronger public voice needed in health research
- MSFHR hiring Partnerships & Marketing Coordinator
- Mark Ansermino & Peter von Dadelszen
- Elizabeth Saewyc
- Christian Steidl & Robert Kridel
- Jason Sutherland
SPOR Q&A: Understanding the SUPPORT Unit business plan
The business plan for BC's SPOR SUPPORT Unit is under development and a draft is on track for completion by March 31. As the project progresses towards this important milestone, the SPOR team would like to take an opportunity to address questions from the community about the initiative.
New partnerships to support funding of Scholar awards
MSFHR is pleased to announce new funding partnerships with the BC Epilepsy Society and the Rick Hansen Institute that will support Scholar awards through the 2013/14 Scholar Program Competition. These partnerships allow both organizations to support research innovation with direct relevance to their stakeholders.
Scholar award applicants conducting research into epilepsy or spinal cord injury are encouraged to indicate their interest in a partnered award when submitting their full application. Applications that fulfill the funding criteria for both MSFHR and a partner organization will be considered for a partnership award.
The deadline for letters of intent for the 2013/14 Scholar Program Competition is January 28. Full applications are due February 28. Application information.
New $7.5M fund to advance Alzheimer's research in BC
Applications are open for the British Columbia Alzheimer's Research Award, a new $7.5 million funding program that will support research into Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
This fund, created in partnership by MSFHR, Brain Canada, Genome BC, and the Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation, will support five BC-based research teams with three-year grants valued at up to $1.5 million.
A request for applications is available on the Brain Canada website, along with more information for researchers interested in applying. Letters of Intent are due February 10, 2014.
Seniors Forum helps improve home care support
On January 15, MSFHR and the BC Ministry of Health hosted an international forum in Vancouver to discuss best practices in home care for seniors.
The forum brought together government representatives, health authority leaders, researchers, and international experts. A summary of findings from the forum will be made available to the public in the coming months.
- For more information, see the Ministry of Health's news release
BC health research strategy update
In November, the BC health research strategy team held a workshop that drew nearly 60 people from many different sectors. Through interactive exercises, the participants helped prioritize and refine the draft vision, directions and actions. The general consensus was that the strategy is on the right track, but participants provided valuable feedback on how to make it better.
A summary report from that meeting is now available.
The health research strategy core team has incorporated the groups' feedback into the health research strategy and continues to finalize the documents that will support the final strategy. The advisory board will review the final draft strategy and proposed implementation approach at a meeting on January 31.
Dr. Martin Gleave receives 2013 Aubrey J. Tingle Prize
Renowned prostate cancer researcher Dr. Martin Gleave (L) receives the Aubrey J. Tingle Prize from MSFHR President & CEO Dr. Diane Finegood at a special presentation hosted January 14 by Vancouver Coastal Health. Gleave is the fourth recipient of the annual prize named in honour of MSFHR's founding president and CEO.
Stronger public voice needed in health research
In a recent Vancouver Sun opinion piece, Bev Holmes, MSFHR vice-president, research impact, and Colleen McGavin, Patient Voices Network patient partner, discuss how a stronger voice for the public is needed in health research.
MSFHR hiring Partnerships & Marketing Coordinator
MSFHR is hiring a Partnerships & Marketing Coordinator to identify partnership opportunities, conduct marketing campaigns, and liaise with an extensive network of stakeholders. Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 3.
- Mark Ansermino & Peter von Dadelszen
A new medical device developed by MSFHR Scholars Dr. Mark Ansermino and Dr. Peter von Dadelszen have the potential to save millions of women worldwide from complications during childbirth. The Phone Oximeter, profiled recently in the The Globe and Mail, shoots a light wave through a patient's finger to measure blood oxygen levels and can help predict life-threatening maternal conditions such as pre-eclampsia.
>> "Researchers' app could aid pregnant women in the developing world" – The Globe and Mail
A new study led by MSFHR Scholar Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc has found that both gay and straight students in Canadian schools are less likely to have suicidal tendencies when anti-homophobia interventions such as gay-straight alliances are in place. According to the study, such policies were associated with a 48 percent decline in suicide attempts and a 28 percent decline in suicidal thoughts among heterosexual boys.
>> "Gay-straight alliances reduce suicide risk among all students: study" – Vancouver Sun
Christian Steidl & Robert Kridel
A study published recently in Nature Medicine identifies a new therapeutic target for treatment of mantle cell lymphoma, an aggressive malignancy characterized by poor prognosis. MSFHR-funded researchers Dr. Christian Steidl and Dr. Robert Kridel were among the study's authors.
>> "Pharmacological and genomic profiling identifies NF-κB–targeted treatment strategies for mantle cell lymphoma" – Nature Medicine
MSFHR Scholar Dr. Jason Sutherland was the lead on author on a recent report commissioned by Alberta Health Services to look at how that province funds long-term care facilities. The report found certain flaws in the current system and made 27 recommendations for improvement.
>> "Report finds major flaws in new long-term care funding formula" – Calgary Herald