Health Research - Weekly News

Health Research - Weekly News

Contents 1) Term Appointment in the Office of Research Services
2) Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR):     a) Tri-agencies harmonizing policies on stipends paid from grants     b) Upcoming consultation on the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research     c) Public and Population Health Ethics Casebook Call   The information included in this email message is also posted at the following URL:
~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *   1) Term Appointment in the Office of Research Services   The Offices of the Vice-President (Research) and Research Services are pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Savage as the Health Research Facilitator effective May 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012.   This position will be responsible for encouraging and facilitating researchers to respond to available health opportunities, as well as assisting researchers with the development of their applications.  It will also be responsible for building relationships with external health agencies to establish collaborations and partnerships.   Please contact Sarah to assist with any health-related research matters at
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2) Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR):   a) Tri-agencies harmonizing policies on stipends paid from grants  

The three federal granting agencies -- CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC -- are harmonizing their policies on support paid to students and postdoctoral fellows from research grants. Beginning September 15, 2011, the agencies’ existing regulations on minimum and maximum stipend levels paid from grants will no longer apply. The agencies will also no longer restrict researchers from using some of their grant money to provide supplements to scholarship holders. These changes respond to concerns expressed by institutions and researchers about the different approaches taken by the agencies.


The removal of tri-agency regulations will offer professors more financial flexibility to pay students and postdoctoral fellows at levels that reflect the variations in costs between departments and between regions. It should be noted that stipend levels will still be governed by applicable collective agreements and labor legislation. Also, many universities have established minimum support packages, varying by department, where stipend support can be assembled from teaching assistantships, research funds, university graduate scholarships, external scholarships, and bursaries.   ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
  b) Upcoming consultation on the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research  

CIHR, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, in collaboration with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, continue to update and strengthen the current "Tri-Council Policy Statement: Integrity in Research and Scholarship" - Beginning in mid-August, the research community will be invited to provide input on the "Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research" consultation document.


The consultation document will be accessible through each Agency's Web site from mid-August to the end of September, 2011. The feedback will be considered when finalizing the Framework, which is expected for November 2011. More information on the consultations will follow in the coming weeks.

  ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *   c) Public and Population Health Ethics Casebook Call  

The CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) together with partners, are pleased to announce a call for case submissions in Population and Public Health Ethics.  For more information, please visit the IPPH News and Announcements ( page for additional details and submission guidelines.


Fostering the development and refinement of ethical frameworks for population health interventions in Canada and globally is a strategic objective for the IPPH.  Population and public health ethics can be distinguished from clinical ethics by the focus on: (1) populations rather than individuals; (2) a wide range of population-level and/or environmental interventions often implemented outside of the health care setting or the health sector; and (3) equitable prevention of disease and disability.


The CIHR-IPPH, CIHR Ethics Office, Public Health Agency of Canada-Office of Public Health Practice, National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy, and Public Health Ontario have partnered to develop this casebook of ethical dilemmas in population and public health and related case analyses. The objectives are to:


1) Increase awareness and understanding of PPH ethics, and the value of ethical thinking in population and public health research, policy, and practice;


2) Highlight cases from across population and public health research, policy, and practice that feature different ethical issues and dilemmas; and,


3) Create a tool to support instruction, debate, and dialogue related to cases in population and public health ethics research, policy, and practice.


Structured case submissions of up to 850 words are due by Friday, September 30, 2011.  Cases should be realistic (either real or a composite based on a real situation) and can either focus on: 1) a particular ethical dilemma that arises in practice; 2) the ethical considerations of a specific population health intervention; or 3) how a public health organization(s) in other sectors deliberates or takes ethics into account in their priority setting or decision-making process.


Each selected case will be peer reviewed and subsequently analyzed according to a common approach by an invited author who is not affiliated with the case submission authorship team.  Authors of selected cases will be given an opportunity to provide an alternative analysis and these responses will be included in the casebook, which will be published in Spring 2012.


The ethics casebook call for cases can be accessed at the following website:

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Health Research Facilitator
Office of Research Services,
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University of Regina
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