IMHA On The Move! – Fall 2016

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A message from the Scientific Director


The hallways outside our offices are full of the sound of excited first-year medical, rehabilitation, and dentistry students here at the University of Manitoba. No doubt some will become researchers and go on to make important discoveries to improve health care for Canadians.

To ensure there is a fair and efficient means to distribute research funding to this bright group of future scientists, the CIHR Peer Review Working Group met this summer to make decisions on improving the system to one where applications for funding are matched with qualified reviewers and receive appropriate feedback. Please read the second update from Dr. Paul Kubes, Chair of the CIHR Peer Review Working Group for more details. The Working Group successfully arrived at decisions that will affect this fall’s Foundation Grant and Project Grant funding opportunities, which are now open. Recommendations from the Working Group for the CIHR Project Grant competition have been published online.

In other exciting news, CIHR has announced the members of its new Institute Advisory Boards. We look forward to meeting these individuals who will advise each Institute on Research Excellence, Policy and Ethics; Health Innovation; Indigenous Peoples’ Health; Health Promotion and Prevention; and Chronic Conditions.

I appreciate hearing from our stakeholder community members. Please send any questions or comments to, and please also follow me on Twitter @HaniElgabalawy.


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

Funding opportunities and news

CIHR – IMHA institute-specific funding opportunities

New Investigator Salary Award: Clinical Rehabilitation
Application Deadline: September 13, 2016

Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal People – Implementation Research Team Grants - Component 2
Phase 1: Letter of Intent is now CLOSED
Phase 2: Full Application Deadline: October 4, 2016

Canada-Netherlands Personalized Medicine in Immune Mediated Inflammatory Musculoskeletal Disease Network
Phase 1: Letter of Intent is now CLOSED
Phase 2: Full Application Deadline: October 18, 2016

*New* Catalyst Grant : Work Stress and Wellbeing Hackathon (See details below)
Application Deadline: October 18, 2016

*New* Operating Grant: Pathways - Population Health Intervention Research to Promote Health and Health Equity (Fall 2016 Competition)
Application Deadline: November 15, 2016

New funding opportunities

National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) 2017 Public Health Challenge Grant Open to Canadians
Application Deadline: October 12, 2016
The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is seeking grant applications that encourage the advancement of innovative research into psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and related comorbidities. The 2017 Public Health Challenge Grant will support research that uses existing data sources to address questions related to the public health of psoriatic disease. As many as two (2) Challenge Grants may be awarded in 2017. Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds and the receipt of sufficiently meritorious applications. Applicants may request up to $75,000 (direct costs only) per year.

The principal investigator must be personally and actively responsible for the conduct of the proposed research, and eligible to apply for research grants under the guidelines of the applicant’s host institution. The principal investigator need not be a United States citizen and the research need not take place in the United States.

Important Dates:
Applications must be received by Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 5 p.m. PST. Award notifications will be made no later than May 1, 2017.

Please visit the National Psoriasis Foundation Research Grants Program webpage for more information.

Catalyst Grant: Work Stress and Wellbeing Hackathon
Application deadline: October 18, 2016

Work stress and mental health are pressing challenges for much of the Canadian workforce. In fact, nearly 40% of long-term disability claims in Canada are related to psychological health. While e-Mental health applications do exist, there is a need to develop more evidence-based approaches that have the potential to improve the psychological health of Canadians, leading to a healthier and more productive workforce. 

As part of the Healthy and Productive Work initiative, the Catalyst Grant: Work Stress and Wellbeing Hackathon has been launched to support the development of innovative, evidence-informed, gender-responsive and culturally-appropriate e-Mental health solutions. If you have any questions, contact us at

Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal People
Population Health Intervention Research (PHIR) 2016
Application Deadline: November 15, 2016

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support New Investigators to conduct research on timely interventions (e.g. programs, policies, social enterprises and resource distribution approaches) that have been initiated by others (e.g., policy makers, practitioners, communities). These interventions must have the potential to impact First Nations, Inuit and Métis health and health equity at the population level, and address one or more of the four identified exemplar areas (Suicide prevention, Obesity/Diabetes, Tuberculosis and Oral Health).


The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to:

  • Support New Investigators to generate evidence about interventions in health and other sectors that have the potential to promote health and health equity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples at a population level;
  • Catalyze new and existing collaborations involving new investigators, First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, not-for-profit, private and/or public sectors within and outside of health;
  • Facilitate consideration and application of new evidence about population health interventions in decision-making.

Funds Available
The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $675,000 enough to fund approximately 3 grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount per grant is $225,000 for over a period of up to 2 years. This funding is non-renewable.

Contact information
For more information please contact:
Tel: 613-954-1968

CIHR funding opportunities – Highlights

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

Fellowship: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program (2016-2017)
Application Deadline: September 21, 2016

Catalyst Grant : SPOR Innovative Clinical Trials
Application Deadline: September 27, 2016

Clinician Scientist Salary Award (Clinician Scientist: Phase 2)
Application Deadline: October 4, 2016

Operating Grant: Collaborative Health Research Projects (NSERC Partnered) (2016-2017)
This Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) Initiative funding opportunity is offered by CIHR in partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
Phase 1: Letter of Intent is now CLOSED
Phase 2: Application Deadline: October 18, 2016

Operating Grant: SPOR Innovative Clinical Trial Multi-Year Grant
Application Deadline: October 25, 2016

Doctoral Research Award: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (2016-2017)
Application Deadline: November 2, 2016

Timelines for the next Foundation Grant and Project Grant funding opportunities
The next Foundation Grant and Project Grant funding opportunities will be available on ResearchNet the week of August 29, 2016. Please note that the Foundation Grant funding opportunity is proceeding without significant changes, as per the update from the Peer Review Working Group. Likewise, the application and peer review process of the Project Grant competition are being modified as per the recommendations of the Peer Review Working Group.

Foundation Grant

  • Anticipated registration period: August 30 to September 13
  • Anticipated application period – Stage 1: September 14 to October 13 (application available the day after the registration deadline)
  • Anticipated funding start date: July 2017

Project Grant

  • Anticipated registration period: September 8 to September 20
  • Anticipated application period: September 8 to October 18 (application available as soon as the registration is submitted)
  • Anticipated funding start date: April 2017

CIHR news

Your research could be featured in an upcoming IGH/IMHA publication

The Institute of Gender and Health is reaching out to the IMHA community to learn what health researchers in musculoskeletal health and arthritis have found when research takes sex and/or gender into account – whether it’s by disaggregating clinical data by sex or incorporating concepts of gender into pain research. Send information about discoveries, strategies and interesting sex and/or gender research to Selected research will be highlighted in an upcoming IGH/IMHA publication. If you would like to learn more about how sex and gender might lead to new discoveries in your research, check out our new interactive online competency modules. Have you considered the possibilities?

Call for proposals: Sex Differences Across the Lifespan

The OSSD is now accepting symposium proposals for the May 15 - 18, 2017 meeting in Montreal. The theme of the 2017 meeting is Sex Differences Across the Lifespan. While we welcome proposals from all areas, we are particularly interested in those that highlight the intersection between age and sex.

Submit a Proposal: Download and complete the proposal form
Send to
Deadline: October 1, 2016.

Journal: Biology of Sex Differences

Did you know there is an international, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of sex differences? The OSSD's open access journal, The Biology of Sex Differences is published by BioMed Central (Impact Factor of 3.237) and considers manuscripts on all aspects of the effects of sex on biology and disease.

CIHR announces the members of its new Institutes Advisory Boards (IABs)

The five new IABs will provide independent, expert and relevant advice to CIHR's Institutes. IAB members represent the highest standard of excellence across CIHR's four research areas (biomedical; clinical; health systems and services; and the social, cultural and environmental factors that affect the health of populations). "I would like to offer our new Institutes Advisory Board members a warm welcome, as well as my sincere thanks. We are honoured that you have agreed to volunteer your valuable time and energy to help CIHR succeed in investing in health research that changes lives," said Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of CIHR. Read more

Second update from Dr. Paul Kubes, Chair of the CIHR Peer Review Working Group

First, I would like to thank the CIHR community for their patience and suggestions. I appreciate the variety of perspectives that have been presented, and I assure you that your feedback has been a key element of the Working Group’s deliberations. I would also like to thank the members of the Working Group, including those from CIHR, for changing their summer plans to devote time to this important work. We all want to get this right, but we do realize that time is of the essence, especially since we can now confirm the dates for Fall 2016 Project Grant competition and the Foundation Grant competition. Read more

CIHR Gold Leaf Prizes

CIHR announced its new suite of prizes, the CIHR Gold Leaf Prizes, which are among the highest honours that can be bestowed on an individual or team for excellence in health research and its translation into benefits for Canadians. These prizes cover achievements across all pillars of research (biomedical, clinical, health services and policy, and population and public health) and will be awarded every two years to a researcher in each of the following categories: Impact, Discovery, Outstanding Achievements by an Early Career Investigator and Transformation. Nominations close September 6, 2016. Read more

Finding relief - Combination therapy eases chronic pain

Researchers at Queen's University are at the forefront of efforts to find relief for Canadians living with chronic pain. This work is led by CIHR-funded researcher, Dr. Ian Gilron, an anesthesiologist and the Director of Clinical Pain Research at Queen’s. Dr. Gilron and his team are focused on understanding how to better treat the chronic pain resulting from injuries, nerve damage, or conditions such as fibromyalgia in ways that provide the greatest relief for patients while minimizing adverse effects. Fibromyalgia affects about 1.5 % of Canadians – more than twice as many women as men. It can have a devastating effect on the lives of patients and their families. Read more

IMHA Community News

In keeping with CIHR-IMHA’s mandate of supporting ethical and impactful research to enhance active living, mobility and oral health and to address the wide range of conditions related to bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue, skin and teeth, IMHA On the Move! strives to connect its community of stakeholders by sharing news. Please send your community’s news to the Institute Communications Project Officer.

About Face

Pauline Beal’s “A New Reflection” Documentary Hits TV! Longtime AboutFace community member, Pauline Beal, recently directed and produced a short documentary titled “A New Reflection” through Humber College’s Film & Television Production Program. This documentary brings international awareness to members of the AboutFace community and the work AboutFace is doing to change the lives of affected individuals. Read more

R.I.D.E. for Smiles is a charity cycling event in support of AboutFace., friends and family will have the opportunity to join us at one of three locations:

R.I.D.E. Toronto: Sunday, September, 11 - 5 km or 10 km ride along the Toronto Waterfront.
R.I.D.E. Winnipeg: Sunday, September, 11 - 2.5 km or 5 km ride around St. Vital Park.
R.I.D.E. Muskoka: Saturday, September, 24 - 25 km or 50 km ride that begins and ends at The Norsemen Lodge.

R.I.D.E. Toronto and Winnipeg are both family friendly; bring a bicycle, wagon, stroller, scooter, roller blades, or any other sort of wheels and come along for the ride! Read more

Institute of Work and Health (IWH)

IWH annual lecture to honour disability prevention advocate Wolfgang Zimmermann: Guest speakers to celebrate founder and executive director of the National Institute of Disability Management and Research
The important work of Wolfgang Zimmermann, a tireless advocate for labour-management reintegration programs in Canada and beyond, is being celebrated at the 2016 Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, taking place on October 14 in Toronto. Full details:

2016 Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture
Wolfgang Zimmermann: A man who has made a difference

Friday, October 14, 2016
Design Exchange, 2nd Floor 234 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario
Doors open – 11:00 a.m.
Presentations – 11:30 a.m.
Closing remarks – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch – 12.45 p.m.

The event is open to all, but registration is required.

Meetings of interest

16th World Congress on Pain
September 26 – 30, 2016 Yokohama, Japan

10th European Lupus Meeting 2016
October 5 – 8, 2016 Venice, Italy

7th Global Orthopedicians Annual Meeting
October 13 – 15, 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Canadian Musculoskeletal Conference (CMC) 2016
October 14 – 15, 2016 Toronto, ON

International Genetic Epidemiology Society Annual Meeting (IGES 2016)
October 24 – 26, 2016 Toronto, ON

Arthritis Alliance of Canada Annual Meeting
October 27 – 28, 2016 Montreal, QC

12th International IACFS/ME Research and Clinical Conference: Emerging Science and Clinical Care
October 27 – 30, 2016 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting
(CRA Canada Night in Washington: November 14)
November 11 – 16, 2016 Washington, DC

7th Annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum
November 21 – 23, 2016 Vancouver, BC

2017 CRA Annual Scientific Meeting & AHPA Annual Meeting
February 8 – 11, 2017 Ottawa, ON

World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases 2017
March 23 – 26, 2017 Florence, Italy

12th International Congress on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus LUPUS 2017
March 26 – 29, 2017 Melbourne, Australia

11th Annual Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD)
May 15 – 18, 2017 Montreal, QC
Deadline for proposals for the meeting theme Sex Differences Across the Lifespan: October 1, 2016

European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) 2017
June 14 – 17, 2017 Madrid, Spain

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