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Forum fosters digital health collaboration

"Collaboration" was the word on everyone's mind as a diverse, cross-sectoral crowd gathered in Vancouver on February 5 to explore innovations in digital health research.

A one-day forum brought together more than 130 participants — representing research, health care, industry, government, and lived experience — to start a dialogue about digital health needs and opportunities in BC and the Yukon.

Convened by MSFHR in partnership with CIHR and the Yukon government, the inter-regional workshop aimed to accelerate digital solutions to some of health care's most pressing challenges by connecting individuals outside their typical networks.

Based on the buzz in the room and participant feedback, the goal was more than met.

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MSFHR celebrates 2014 Scholars and Aubrey J. Tingle Prize winner

MLA Sam Sullivan put it best in describing the impressive crowd at last month’s "MSFHR Celebrates" event.

"It's frightening to think of the brainpower in this room," he quipped.

With more than two dozen MSFHR Scholars and 2014 Aubrey J. Tingle Prize winner Dr. Samuel Aparicio in attendance, no one was going to argue.

MSFHR brought together Aparicio and the 2014 Scholar Award recipients January 29 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle for a celebration of BC's health research excellence.

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2015 Trainee competition now accepting applications

MSFHR is pleased to open applications for the 2015 Research Trainee Program competition for post-doctoral fellowship awards.

This competition, announced last November, is open to post-doctoral fellows based at an eligible host institution.

Applications are submitted and managed through MSFHR ApplyNet, our online grant-management system. Full application instructions and resources for both applicants and third parties involved in the application process are available.

Letters of intent are due March 17 and the full application deadline is April 20.

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Partner with us on 2015 Trainee Awards

With applications for 2015 Trainee Awards now in full swing, MSFHR is actively seeking partners interested in jointly funding a post-doctoral fellow.

Partnering with MSFHR means we can achieve common goals and create new opportunities for health research excellence in BC.

Learn how we can help you maximize your health research investment.

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MSFHR supporting BC applications to KT Canada Summer Institute

MSFHR is pleased to once again partner with KT Canada on the 2015 Summer Institute on Knowledge Translation.

The Summer Institute will be held in Edmonton from June 15 to 17. It is aimed at graduate students, post-doctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty who study issues relevant to KT and those who want to learn more about how to advance their research skills in this area.

MSFHR will reimburse registration and travel costs for the first four BC applicants who are able to produce proof of acceptance to the Summer Institute. The deadline for applications is March 16.

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When research leads to romance

Even though Valentine's Day is over, we wanted to share the story of how an MSFHR Trainee Award led to love, marriage, and a scientific collaboration for UBC Okanagan researchers Sanjoy Ghosh and Deanna Gibson.

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Check out Spark, MSFHR's new digital publication

If you haven't already done so, we invite you to check out the first issue of our new quarterly publication Spark, published in January.

Using a completely digital platform, Spark digs deeper into the stories of individuals, institutions, and issues that are making a difference to health research in BC.

In our first issue, we put a lens on people, responsiveness, and coherence, the strategic directions that informed our work over the past year and will shape our ongoing efforts to add value to BC's health system.

Watch for the next issue in late April/early May.

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MSFHR People

  • Diane Finegood, MSFHR President & CEO, answers the question, "Should we blur the lines between research, evaluation and quality improvement?" in a recent essay.
  • Robert Britton, 2011 MSFHR Scholar, and his colleagues at SFU have discovered a set of chemical attractants, or pheromones, that lure bedbugs into traps and keep them there.
  • Nadia Khan, 2011 MSFHR Scholar, recently published a study that demonstrated a dramatic increase in Type 2 diabetes in people under 30, even surpassing Type 1 diabetes. The study also uncovered alarming findings about rates of Type 2 diabetes cases, especially for South Asians, who had higher incidences of Type 2 diabetes.

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