Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI): events
November 20 is National Child Day – a time to raise awareness of children’s rights and promote efforts to help children reach their full potential. Good health is one of the keys to achieving this full potential. That is why the Government of Canada is investing in research that improves the health of children so that they can grow into healthy adults who go on to live long and productive lives. On the occasion of National Child Day, Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Minister of Health, announced federal funding to support The Healthy Life Trajectories (HeLTI) initiative.
Members from all of the successful teams from the Chinese, Indian, South African and Canadian competitions will attend a data workshop in September 2017, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The teams will develop core approaches to data that will guide data management activities, and will also document roles and responsibilities to ensure that all functions relating to data are clearly articulated, well documented, and conducive to effective review. This workshop will be convened jointly by the Secretariat and a Research Committee comprised of leadership from each of the teams.
Members from the teams that were successful at the LOI stage of the HeLTI Linked International Intervention Cohort (LIIC) competitions attended a strengthening workshop. The purpose of this workshop was to assist the successful applicant teams (both Canadian and participating country members) to discuss and agree to a common study design for the intervention cohorts, including approach to and scope of interventions, as well as to agree on overall project governance systems and principles of collaboration. The workshop was convened by CIHR and the WHO, and was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from December 12-16, 2016.
International Collaborative workshop
In December 2014, key leaders from funding agencies interested in participating in an international collaboration designed to take a DOHaD approach to the rising global epidemic of NCDs met with the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss key priorities and approaches to this challenge. These leaders included representation from CIHR, NSFC and DBT, the eventual partners on the HeLTI Linked International Intervention Cohorts.
In November 2013 the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health convened an International Funder’s Meeting that was held in conjunction with the Eighth World Congress on DOHaD in Singapore (November 17-20, 2013). Discussions at this meeting focused on possible mechanisms, structures, and other methods to improve collaboration, reduce duplication of effort, and leverage resources for researchers working in the field, around the world.
Community Consultation workshop
More than 70 thought-leaders in the field attended the day-and-a-half-long community consultation hosted by the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health, including researchers, professors, clinicians, and administrators from universities and teaching hospitals across the country, patients, and representatives from all of the CIHR Institutes. Discussions ranged from issues and opportunities in Canada and Internationally around DOHaD-related themes, as well as potential approaches to funding through both traditional and more innovative approaches.
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