Health Research - Weekly News

Health Research - Weekly News

Contents 1) Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Funding Opportunity   2) Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR):     a)  Institute of Aging July 2011 Newsletter     b) New Operating Grant - Advancing Theoretical and Methodological Innovations    3) International Research Development Centre (IDRC):     a) Call for concept notes: Global and national tobacco control     b) Call for concept notes: Promoting healthy diets   4) Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation - Spinal Cord Injury Research   5) 2011 Healthcare Efficiency Conference   6) New report provides lessons for transforming healthcare in Canada The information included in this email message is also posted at the following URL: http://www.uregina.ca/research/Excellence/archives.shtml
~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *    1) Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Funding Opportunity    The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is pleased to announce that it is planning the launch of a new National Research Grant Competition on the Earlier Detection of Breast Cancer.

 

A $5 million initiative, this new competition underscores CBCF’s commitment to earlier detection as a nation-wide priority to reduce the impact of breast cancer.

 

As a national competition, which is being offered in addition to existing Regional CBCF competitions, this competition will be open to applicants from across Canada. A detailed announcement will be released later this summer, ahead of a planned application deadline in early November 2011. Awards will be announced in March, 2012.

 

For more information, visit: http://www.cbcf.org/en-US/CBCF%20in%20Action/Research/Primary%20Prevention%20Research.aspx

~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *    2) Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR):    a) Institute of Aging July 2011 Newsletter    

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

In this, my final Grey Matters message as Scientific Director of the Institute of Aging, I am pleased to report on the achievements of the past few months. These are fittingly representative of the Institute’s many successes over the last decade, and specifically of the 7½ years of my tenure. Highlights of recent activities relating to the Institute’s long-standing and on-going commitments in supporting the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), in research in strategic areas of cognitive impairment (CIA) and in Mobility in Aging (MIA), and in building research capacity in aging in Canada, are presented in this issue.

The CIHR 10-year International Review process has now concluded. The Expert Review team report for each Institute and the International Review Panel report for CIHR will soon be available on CIHR’s website (http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/193.html). The Institute of Aging received a highly favourable review, with our focus on research capacity development and success in advancing the CLSA, receiving particular notice. The Expert Review Panel also acknowledged the critical role of the Institute in fostering the CLSA to its status as an internationally-recognized venture with enormous promise.

It is my great pleasure to announce that my successor as Scientific Director of the Institute of Aging is Dr. Yves Joanette of the University of Montreal. Many of you will know Yves as an internationally-recognized neuroscientist in areas of communication abilities and cognitive impairment, a member of the IA’s Inaugural Institute Advisory Board (2001-2005) and as the former Scientific Director of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal. A brief biographical sketch and message from Yves are in this issue.

As the Institute of Aging now winds down its operations at UBC, and prepares to transfer to the University of Montreal, it is an appropriate time to reflect on what has been accomplished, and what yet lies ahead for the IA. While space here does not permit  these reflections based on my two terms of Scientific Director of the IA, I have written an article “Ten Years of the CIHR Institute of Aging: Building on Strengths, Addressing Gaps, Shaping the Future”, published in the June 2011 issue of the Canadian Journal on Aging<http://muse.jhu.edu/login?uri=/journals/canadian_journal_>. I thank the editors of the CJA for that opportunity.

I am indebted to the 43 individuals who have served on the Institute of Aging’s Advisory Board since I first became a member of the IAB in 2001. I am especially grateful to Dorothy Pringle, Howard Bergman and Jane Rylett, who served as IAB Chairs while I have been SD. I also acknowledge the tremendously hard-working and dedicated IA staff. Marian Chong-Kit, Susan Crawford, Lynda Callard, Bonnie McCoy and Rowena Tate in our Vancouver office, and Linda Mealing, Sharon Nadeau, Michelle Peel and Erica Dobson in Ottawa, have been the true 'heart and soul' of the IA, supporting and enabling our researcher, trainee and stakeholder communities. It has been a genuine pleasure to work with them.

Serving as Scientific Director of the Canada’s national Institute of Aging has been the greatest privilege of my academic career. It has provided tremendous opportunity to meet so many talented and dynamic individuals who I would otherwise not have known. As I return now to my academic appointment at the University of British Columbia and to engaging more fully as a researcher in aging, I look forward to crossing paths with many of you again. There is, yet, much work to be done, both in the creation of new knowledge about aging, and in the application of that knowledge to enhance the health and quality of life of aging and elderly Canadians. For indeed, the future is Aging!

Anne Martin-Matthews

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  b) New Operating Grant - Advancing Theoretical and Methodological Innovations   

Are you a researcher with an interest in health research that will contribute to our understanding of different phenomena through the study of theories, conceptual frameworks, methods and/or tools? Then, this funding call may be of interest to you and your colleagues.

 

The CIHR Institutes of Aging (IA), Population and Public Health (IPPH), and Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) have identified the need to further strengthen the theories, conceptual frameworks, methods and tools underpinning the conduct of uni-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary health research. Guided by different disciplinary traditions, researchers use a range of theories, frameworks, methods and tools to understand, observe and/or measure phenomena. Innovations need to be informed by the best available scientific methods emanating from a broad range of disciplines such as economics, political science, sociology, law and other relevant health and social sciences and humanities. Whether we seek to better theorize how policy interventions adapt to context, or to strengthen our approaches to analyzing and reporting data to inform health decision-making, we need to further enhance research's contribution to such efforts.

 

The objective of this Funding Opportunity is to:

  • Support research that is informed by a range of disciplinary perspectives and that advances theories, conceptual frameworks, scientific methods, and/or measurement approaches towards a strengthened Canadian health care system and improved health for Canadians.

 

This funding opportunity is intended to support research in one or more of the following three domains, addressing one or more of the relevant research areas outlined by each of the participating partners:

  • Domain 1: Develop or enhance theories and/or conceptual frameworks.
  • Domain 2: Develop and/or enhance quantitative, qualitative or mixed method approaches to research.
  • Domain 3: Develop and/or assess valid and reliable measurement tools.

 

IHSPR will fund applications relevant to the domains listed above and that also address one or more of the following relevant research areas within the Evidence-Informed Healthcare Renewal (EIHR) initiative:

  • Health Care Financing and Funding Models
  • Health System Sustainability
  • Governance and Accountability

 

IPPH will fund applications relevant to the domains listed above and that also address one or more of the following relevant research areas:
· Pathways to improve equity and reduce inequities in population health
· Population health interventions and implementation systems to reduce inequities and promote equity in Canada and globally

 

IA will fund applications relevant to the domains listed above and that also address one or more of the following relevant research areas:
· Population-based longitudinal cohort studies

 

For more information about these priority areas, please visit the funding opportunity.

 

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $3,200,000, enough to fund approximately 16 grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount per grant is $200,000 in total for up to three years.

Registration Deadline 2011-09-30
Application Deadline 2011-10-28

 

For more information, please visit:  http://www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca/rnr16/viewOpportunityDetails.do?progCd=10236&language=E&fodAgency=CIHR&view=browseArchive&browseArc=true&org=CIHR

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  3) International Research Development Centre (IDRC):   a) Call for concept notes: Global and national tobacco control  

Funding for collaborative projects with developing country partners

Deadline: 23 September 2011

http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Funding/Competitions/Pages/CompetitionDetails.aspx?CompetitionID=18

 

The International Development Research Centre and the Canadian Global Tobacco Control Forum are pleased to announce a call for Concept Notes concerning the expansion of fiscal policies for global and national tobacco control.

The key objective of this Call is to generate knowledge designed to accelerate the adoption of effective fiscal policies for tobacco control in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Key Thematic Areas:

  • Research on the impact of various types of tobacco taxes or pricing policies.
  • Region-based research to establish actual and model budgets for tobacco control.
  • Research on coordinated regional and global taxes, tariffs and/or other levies on tobacco products and the profits from tobacco sales.
  • Research to identify barriers to, and strategies for, accessing Official Development Assistance for tobacco control.

Key Eligibility Criteria:

  • The principal applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of a low or middle-income country, and with a primary work affiliation in a southern institution.

Value and Duration: Grants ranging from $20 000 to $100 000 over a maximum of 24 months (multi-country studies may ask for a larger budget).

  ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *    b) Call for concept notes: Promoting healthy diets Deadline: 23 September 2011

http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Funding/Competitions/Pages/CompetitionDetails.aspx?CompetitionID=17

 

The International Development Research Centre is pleased to announce a call for Concept Notes concerning the promotion of healthy diets as a key strategy for the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries.

The key objective of this Call is to support Southern-led research designed to influence the adoption and implementation of effective policies and programs for the promotion of healthy diets in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Key Thematic Areas:​

  • Research on policies, population-wide programs and community-based interventions that aim to reduce the availability and consumption of unhealthy food products (high in fat, sugar and salt) or increase the availability and affordability of healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables.
  • The production of evidence syntheses or situation analyses to inform policy dialogues and the adoption and implementation of key interventions to address unhealthy diets as a key NCD risk factor.

Please note that three major cross-cutting issues are central to the NCDP program: equity, intersectoral action and commercial Influence on public health-related policy.

Key Eligibility Criteria:

  • The principal applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of a low- or middle-income country and with a primary work affiliation in a southern institution.

Value and Duration: Grants ranging from CA$20,000 to CA$300,000 over a maximum of 36 months.

  ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *    4) Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation - Spinal Cord Injury Research  

As you may know, SHRF has launched its Call for Proposals for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research in Saskatchewan (see http://www.shrf.ca/index-subpage-647.html for details).  Funding will support biomedical, clinical, and health services research related to SCI from a broad range of disciplines.  

 

Related to SHRF’s SCI call for proposals, the Rick Hansen Institute has prepared a list of research topics (see links below) that they would like to see explored, and which may be eligible for RHI funding down the road.  Funding from other provinces may also be available, should national collaborations develop.  This is a great opportunity to align Saskatchewan research with work going on at the national level.  Please bear in mind, however, that SHRF’s eligibility criteria and priorities, as outlined in the Call for Proposals, will be the determining factors in funding for this competition. 

 

To further support SCI research in Saskatchewan, the Rick Hansen Institute has also generously offered to provide significant in-kind support to applicants proposing clinical multi-site research, including project management, statistical and methodological support, liaising with pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, and more.  To read more about RHI priorities and research supports they can provide, please click here to go to their webpage and/or select the following link: http://www.rickhanseninstitute.org/images/stories/docs/RHI_Research_Priorities_2012-2017.pdf

 

~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *    5) 2011 Healthcare Efficiency Conference September 19 and 20, 2011
Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto

 

The Healthcare Efficiency Conference is a national forum for health system leaders to explore new approaches and modes of thinking for improving system performance at both the strategic and operational levels.

 

Keynote speakers:

  • Stephen Duckett, former President and CEO, Alberta Health Services
  • Robert Gerst, Partner, Converge Consulting Group

Who should attend

C-suite executives, managers and other leaders in:

  • Hospitals, long-term care and other facilities
  • Community, home care and related organizations
  • Health regions, authorities and LHINs
  • Health ministries and related agencies
  • Private-sector companies that can assist healthcare providers in attaining greater efficiencies

 

To register, visit: http://www.canadianhealthcarenetwork.ca/efficiency2011    ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *   

6) New report provides lessons for transforming healthcare in Canada

CHSRF has just published the first in its series of healthcare transformation papers. The report by Jean-Louis Denis et al., Assessing initiatives to transform healthcare systems: Lessons for the Canadian healthcare system, was commissioned by CHSRF to identify elements that are critical for an integrated, systemic approach to healthcare transformation. This paper suggests that money alone cannot improve healthcare. A clear vision and a coherent set of strategies are required to transform the system and achieve better alignment between the care offered and the care the population needs today.

  To view the report, visit: http://www.chsrf.ca/PublicationsAndResources/ResearchReports/CommissionedResearch/11-07-21/c70d5dc2-98b6-43cb-b735-e03144d0cf7a.aspx   ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *    Subscription Information

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