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December 17, 2014

December 15, 2014

CIHR funded researcher Daniel J. Drucker, MD, Wins World’s Largest Prize for Diabetes Research

Dr. Drucker, a CIHR-funded researcher at Mount Sinai Hospital, will be awarded the prestigious 2014 Manpei Suzuki International Prize. Dr. Drucker is the first Canadian diabetes researcher to be honoured with this award, which is viewed as the world’s most valuable award for diabetes research. The award recognizes Dr. Drucker’s research in the area of gut hormones and how they control glucose and body weight. His research has led to the development of two new classes of therapies for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and a new therapy for patients with short bowel syndrome requiring parenteral nutrition. Dr. Drucker will receive the award in Tokyo on February 10, 2015.

November 26, 2014

GACD commitment to fund global diabetes research

In recognition of World Diabetes Day on November 14, the funding agency members of the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD) have announced a joint commitment to fund a ground-breaking global research programme on the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes, with a focus on low and middle-income countries, vulnerable populations in high-income countries, and aboriginal communities in Canada and Australia.

All nine member agencies have committed funds to the joint diabetes programme and results of successful applications will be released in early 2015.

October 7, 2014

August 14, 2014

Dr. Peter Gill receives 2014 Award for Young Leaders

Congratulations to Dr. Peter J. Gill who has been presented with the 2014 Award for Young Leaders. The award, presented by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), highlights the work of young physician leaders. Recently, CIHR also recognized the health research work of Dr. Gill by presenting him with the 2013-14 CIHR-IHSPR Rising Star of the Year Award which recognizes emerging health services and policy researchers. Among Dr. Gill’s other achievements, he has co-founded and developed PedsCases, a medical education website that provides pediatric resources for undergraduate students. Dr. Gill graduated from the MD/PhD program at the University of Alberta in May 2014 and began his pediatrics residency training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

July 30, 2014

PubMed Central Canada unavailable

Please note that PubMed Central Canada is temporarily unavailable, until further notice. This is the result of a cyber-attack on the National Research Council.

Please check the National Research Council website for updates on this situation.

July 10, 2014

June 23, 2014

CIHR mourns the loss of Dr. Éric Dewailly
CIHR mourns the loss of Dr. Éric Dewailly, a CIHR-funded researcher, who died in a tragic accident on June 17. Dr. Dewailly, 59, was a full professor in environmental health at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at Laval University. His research focused on the toxic effects of oceans, nutrition and the environment on human health - particularly among Aboriginal people. Colleagues have called Dr. Dewailly's population health research "pioneering". He represented Canada on the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program/Health, was the director of the CIHR-funded Nasivik Centre for Inuit Health, was a former member of the CIHR-Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health advisory board (2000-2006), and was part of several scientific networks (including ArcticNet, CIHR Network for autism and Global Health Research Initiative). He received his degree in medicine from University of Lille (France, 1982), completed his specialized studies in public health (CES, Amiens, 1983), worked as a resident in community health at Laval University (1983-85), received a Master's Degree in epidemiology at Laval University (1987) and completed a PhD in toxicology at Université de Lille (1990).

June 11, 2014

June 6, 2014

  • Legendary neuroscientist Dr. Brenda Milner receives Kavli Prize

  • CIHR-funded Researcher’s Discovery Put into Pivotal Clinical Trial for Stroke Patients
    In January 2015, through a clinical trial, paramedics will get the chance to administer a new drug called NA-1 on 518 stroke patients who are on their way to the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. NA-1, which was discovered by CIHR-funded Canada Research Chair Dr. Michael Tymianski, could be revolutionary for the stroke research community if it proves to be effective. While the trial is starting in Toronto, similar dispensations of the drug could take place in Peel Region and Vancouver hospitals.

May 7, 2014

May 5, 2014

April 23, 2014

Diagnostic rules by CIHR–funded researchers will be adopted in US emergency rooms

Three diagnostic rules by CIHR-funded Drs. Ian Stiell and Phillip Wells are going to be used in US hospital emergency rooms as a practical way to save money and space. The Canadian C-Spine Rule, created by Dr. Stiell at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (an affiliate of University of Ottawa), helps doctors determine whether a patient who has suffered a C-spine injury needs to undergo a radiography scan. The Canadian CT Head Rule, also developed by Dr. Stiell, assists doctors in figuring out whether a CT scan needs to be performed on a patient who’s suffered head trauma. The Wells Rule, created by Dr. Wells at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, is a procedure that helps doctors diagnose whether blood clots are blocking a main artery in a lung. These three rules, along with two other diagnostic tools, were published in the JAMA Internal Medicine as top ways to reduce unnecessary procedures in hospitals. They were selected by a technical panel that based their decisions on the results of a clinician survey.

April 4, 2014

Human Frontier Science Program announces 2014 grant recipients

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) is an international collaborative program of funding for frontier research in the life sciences. Its current members are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Union.

In March, HFSP announced the 2014 recipients of these highly prestigious and highly selective grants and awards. These included Research Grant Awardees (Young Investigator and Program Grants); Long-Term Fellowships; Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships; and Career Development Awards. These grants and awards benefit Canadians (as recipients of awards) and Canadian institutions (as hosts of foreign award holders).

April 2, 2014

Dr. Nahum Sonenberg Named a Winner of the 2014 Wolf Prize in Medicine

March 31, 2014

Salim Yusuf wins Canada Gairdner Wightman Award

Dr. Salim Yusuf, the CIHR-funded director of the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University, has won the 2014 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. The $100,000 award, which was created along with international awards by the Gairdner Foundation in 1959, recognizes Dr. Yusuf’s leadership in global clinical trials and population studies that have helped prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. Over 80 recipients of Gairdner awards have gone on to win the Nobel prize. Dr. Yusuf will receive the award at a dinner in Toronto on October 30, and then take part in a two-week, accessible lecture series for students at 24 universities across Canada.

February 12, 2014

Dr. John Dick makes research breakthrough in leukemia and stem cells

CIHR is pleased to join members of the Cancer Stem Cell Consortium (CSCC) today to congratulate Dr. John Dick, a Senior Scientist at the University Health Network and Director of the Cancer Stem Cell Program of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, on major new findings published today in the journal Nature.

Dr. Dick and his team have identified pre-leukemic hematopoietic stem cells in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The discovery lays the groundwork to detect and target the pre-leukemic stem cell and thereby potentially stop the disease at a very early stage when it may be more amenable to treatment.

January 23, 2014

CIHR congratulates recipients of the Order of Canada from the health research community
Among the ninety new appointees of the Order of Canada, CIHR would like to highlight eight members of the health research community who received this honour for their contributions to science or health care. Our congratulations go to Dr. David Jenkins, Mr. Patrick Lafferty, Dr. Elliot Phillipson, Dr. Michael Rudnicki, Dr. Peter Tugwell, Dr. Ewan Affleck, Dr. Catherine Hankins, and Dr. Ian Tannock. Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement and dedication to the community and nation.

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