Supporting health researchers during a pandemic: A research funder’s response to COVID-19

In this post, MSFHR Senior Specialist, Strategy, Maija Tiesmaki, reflects on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected BC's health research community, the Foundation's response, and how we're continuing to support BC health researchers.

Thank you to all who attended our KT Connects webinar series in 2020 and helped make it a huge success! We are sharing some pearls of wisdom from this year's speakers, along with their recorded sessions and recommended resources to help you in your KT journey.

In this issue of Forward Thinking, MSFHR President & CEO Dr. Bev Holmes and Dr. Sharon Straus, a geriatrician in Ontario and Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation, discuss how Canada's health research system has measured up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this issue of Forward Thinking, MSFHR's new Vice President, Research Dr. Chonnettia Jones, reflects on what success looks like for responsive and responsible research funding.

At the beginning of March, MSFHR helped facilitate several meetings between the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR) and the BC research community to help build connections, facilitate knowledge translation and to inform CIHR-IHSPR’s strategic planning process.

In this issue of Forward Thinking, MSFHR CEO Dr. Bev Holmes writes about the need for funders to adapt to the current reality brought on by COVID-19, and welcomes MSFHR'S new Vice President, Research Dr. Chonnettia Jones, a leader with the expertise and background to help us navigate this new reality.