IMHA On The Move! - February 2015

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A Message from the Scientific Director

February has been an exciting month at IMHA. Immediately following the launch of our 2014–2018 Strategic Plan, we started putting into action every aspect of its vision: Capacity Building, Innovation and Translation. On February 12 and 13, together with the Institute of Infection and Immunity, IMHA co-hosted the inaugural Inflammation in Chronic Disease Networking Meeting in Winnipeg. Participants included representatives of the CIHR’s Inflammation in Chronic Disease Signature Initiative research projects, which projects consist of the nine Health Challenges in Chronic Inflammation Initiative Team Grants, the Canadian National Transplant Research Program, and the Canadian Microbiome Initiative. Noted guests included patient, charity, and industry representatives.

Meeting highlights included a Keynote Address from Gairdner Award-winning researcher Sir Marc Feldmann, and presentations by each of the teams summarising their work thus far. Breakout sessions challenged all meeting participants to address questions regarding:

  1. communication and knowledge exchange between the different teams;
  2. sustainability of relationships and partnerships beyond the limits of the CIHR-funded initiative and the CIHR’s role in sustainability thereafter; and
  3. common technology and platforms that might be shared throughout the research teams given the commonalities inherent in inflammation in chronic disease.

A panel on knowledge translation yielded lively discussion on ways in which to communicate across the ‘silos’ from basic science to clinical practice to patients, their families and patient organizations. Finally, a Partnership Opportunities session gave industry representatives and researchers a chance to dialogue on what each can offer the other in terms of research development and technology transfer.

Photo: Sir Marc Feldmann speaks at the inaugural Inflammation in Chronic Disease Networking Meeting held February 12-13, 2015 in Winnipeg.

The meeting was a success in providing momentum and bringing the teams together to resemble a network rather than remaining isolated as nine separate teams, although such network building will unfold over time incrementally. Tangible suggestions arose as to how to promote further networking. Notably, participants learned that the Initiative’s partners Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and The Arthritis Society have well-established infrastructures for networking. It became clear that though the Inflammation in Chronic Disease initiative is scheduled to be supported for only five years, the research being undertaken will require at least 10 years to yield significant results.

We hope to build on the success of this meeting in its furtherance of the IMHA vision of Capacity Building, Innovation and Translation, in upcoming initiatives including a James Lind Alliance Priority-Setting Partnership regarding fibromyalgia and chronic pain, our involvement in the CIHR’s newly-developed Work and Health Initiative, and our ongoing contributions as oral health exemplar of the Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples initiative.

As always, I encourage you to continue to submit any questions or comments to Please also follow me on Twitter @HaniElgabalawy.


Hani El-Gabalawy MD FRCPC
Scientific Director
CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis

Funding Opportunities

For a full listing of CIHR funding opportunities, please visit the ResearchNet website.

Program Name: Operating Grant: Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research
Sponsor(s): Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE)
Deadline: Application Phase 1 Letters of Intent – March 6, 2015

Program Name: Chair: GlaxoSmithKline Partnered 2014-2015 (GlaxoSmithKline-CIHR Partnered Chair Program)
Sponsor(s): CIHR in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline Inc. (GSK)
Application Deadline March 31, 2015

Program Name: Operating Grant: eHealth Innovation Partnership Program (eHIPP)
Sponsor(s): Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), Institute of Aging (IA), Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA) and the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH) in collaboration with the National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)
Deadline to Register: April 1, 2015
Application Deadline: June 3, 2015

Program Name: Knowledge Synthesis Grant: Spring 2015 Competition
Sponsor(s): CIHR Science, Knowledge Translation and Ethics Branch
Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

Research News

CIHR Jargon Buster

The CIHR Jargon Buster is a glossary of health research terms developed through volunteer efforts by Dr. Odie Geiger, an engaged citizen who has been involved with CIHR as a Community Reviewer. The aim of this resource is to build a context for understanding in lay language of CIHR related and health research terms. This glossary is intended for individuals that are involved in a variety of roles both inside and outside of CIHR, in research and/or engagement activities. The focus of this glossary is on health research in general rather than a specific disease or condition. It is recognized that the guide is not exhaustive, therefore if there is a term that you feel is missing, we welcome you to bring it forward, along with a proposed definition (in lay language), to the CIHR Patient and Citizen Engagement team for consideration.

Ethics in Research: A Science Lifecycle Approach

Now available on the CIHR website is: “Ethics in Research: A Science Lifecycle Approach”, a workbook intended to teach both young and senior investigators to identify and address ethical issues inherent in their work throughout the research life cycle. Beyond human subject protection, the Knowledge-to-Action/Ethics (KTA-E) kit offers an interactive open-ended scenario-based approach that can be adapted to those circumstances where other supporting material is lacking.

Because of the dynamic nature of health research, unexpected ethical challenges continually arise. Users are invited to provide feedback on current case studies and to propose new scenarios through the dedicated email: to help keep the Workbook up-to-date.

Canadian Clinical Trials Coordinating Centre

The Canadian Clinical Trials Coordinating Centre (CCTCC) was created to strengthen the environment for clinical trials in Canada, including the streamlining of processes for companies and researchers, with an aim to regaining Canada’s competitive advantage for hosting clinical trials. This will be achieved by implementing the recommendations from the 2011 Clinical Trials Summit Action Plan. It is a collaborative effort of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D), and HealthCareCAN (formerly ACAHO), and was announced by the Minister of Health on April 24, 2014. The CCTCC is housed within the Health Charities Coalition of Canada, in Ottawa.

For more information on the CCTCC, please visit its website.

CDA Oasis: a new knowledge translation initiative

The Canadian Dental Association’s Online Advice and Searchable Information System (Oasis) has been producing a new video KT series which provides a platform for researchers to explain their work to non-researchers.

Drs Ben Ganss and Chris McCulloch (University of Toronto) talk about their work in the area of enhancing treatment for gum diseases. In another recent video, Dr. Ajit Auluck talks about trends in oral cancer in BC.

Institute for Work and Health

The Institute for Work and Health newsletter At Work features important information about the latest research in MSK and other workplace-related injuries, symptoms or disorders. At Work Winter 2015 is now available.

What is a MOOC?

Dr. Ian Shrier, an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University, launched a Sport and Exercise Medicine MOOC (massive open online course) Wednesday, February 25. Earlier in the month, over 19,000 students were registered from 172 different countries.

The MOOC, called The Body Matters, is a free10-week course given through McGill University, via the edX platform developed by Harvard and MIT. The course narrative is:

  • Unit 1: Why exercise is important
  • Unit 2: How to train without getting injured
  • Unit 3: What to do if you get injured

In addition to the lessons, MOOC Motions encourages students to be active, with a course goal to log enough kilometres of student activities to go to the moon and back three times. As an overall assignment, students will be asked to choose or design, implement and evaluate an activity promotion program in their own context (among family members, friends, office etc). Please see the registration page with bios of all guest lecturers.

Dr. Shrier, a past recipient of CIHR IMHA funding, is co-Editor in Chief of Research Synthesis Methods, Past-President of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine, and Consulting Medical Director of Cirque du Soleil.

Reminder: Strategic Plan 2014 - 2018: Enhancing Musculoskeletal Skin and Oral Health available online.

If you have not yet had the opportunity to read the CIHR IMHA 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, please do so online at the CIHR official website or watch our video for a brief overview. Learn about our strategic priorities from our Science In Motion Symposium summarized in the special edition newsletter.

Cochrane Corner

Cochrane Reviews are an important part of knowledge translation. The Cochrane Collaboration works to disseminate knowledge to health research communities so as to benefit patients and the health care system as a whole.

Besides the Reviews, the Canadian Cochrane Centre has an enewsletter, Relay Cochrane!, published three times a year, and a Training and Events enewsletter published twice a year (subscribe).

The Cochrane website also features a list of all its resources in the Full Menu of Knowledge Translation Activities.

Keep up with the news

In this age of social media, it is important for researchers, health policy decision makers, academics, patient advocates, and patients to stay knowledgeable about their health topics in the news. At IMHA, we have been collecting news bytes relevant to our areas of research focus. If you would like to receive a bi-monthly mail-out of these “Google Alerts,” please email

Meetings of Interest

World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases
March 26-29, 2015 Milan, Italy

3rd World Congress on Controversies, Debates & Consensus in Bone, Muscle & Joint Diseases
April 23-26, 2015 Montreal, QC (Abstracts due: January 20, 2015)

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT/ACE) Congress 2015
May 27-30, 2015 Winnipeg, MB

21st Canadian Connective Tissue Conference 2015
May 28-30, 2015 Université Laval, Québec City, QC

28th Annual Canadian Student Health Research Forum
June 2 – 4, 2015, Winnipeg, MB

23rd World Congress of Dermatology
June 8-13, 2015 Vancouver, BC

EULAR Rome 2015
June 10-13, 2015 Rome, Italy

4th International Conference on Orthopedics & Rheumatology
October 26-28, 2015 Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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