INMD Connections – June 2017
Inside this Issue:
- Message from Philip Sherman, INMD Scientific Director
- June 2017 wanted: INMD Scientific Director
- Programmatic Grants in Environments, Genes and Chronic Disease Team Profile
- CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grants - Institute Community Support
- A Food Policy for Canada
- CIHR Funding Opportunities
Message from Philip Sherman, INMD Scientific Director
CIHR presented inaugural Gold Leaf prizes to recognize excellence in health research and its translation into benefits for Canadians. These prizes were awarded to four outstanding Canadian health researchers at a recognition ceremony held at Rideau Hall on May 16, 2017. Dr. Gregory Steinberg (McMaster Univ.) was awarded the CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Outstanding Achievements by an Early Career Investigator. Gregory is also receiving the 2017 American Diabetes Association International Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award for research contributions that have "significantly shaped our understanding of how lipid metabolism, insulin sensitivity and energy sensing are intimately linked and contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes". Congratulations Greg!
Other awards have been presented to outstanding health researchers also working in INMD mandate areas: Drs. Brenda Hemmelgarn and Braden Manns (Univ. Calgary) received the Kidney Foundation of Canada Medal of Research Excellence as leaders in the Canadian kidney research community. The Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) recognized Dr. Stephanie Atkinson (McMaster Univ.) with the 2017 Khursheed Jeejeebhoy Award for outstanding contributions in clinical nutrition, Dr. Valerie Tarasuk (Univ. Toronto) with the 2017 Earle Willard McHenry Award for distinguished service in nutrition, René Jacobs (Univ. Alberta) with the Young Investigator Award, and JoAnne Arcand (Univ. Ont. Inst. Technology) with the CIHR INMD-CNS New Investigator Partnership Prize. Congratulations to all of these accomplished award recipients!
Enjoy the summer season,
Philip M. Sherman, MD, FRCPC
Scientific Director, INMD
June 2017 wanted: INMD Scientific Director
The search is on for the next Scientific Director of INMD. The ideal candidate will possess a passion for science and a strong track record in health research, demonstrated leadership in his or her field and the ability to work in partnership with health charities and research organizations. If qualified, please consider this opportunity. Details are available on the CIHR website.
Programmatic Grants in Environments, Genes and Chronic Disease Team Profile
Gene Environment Team on Brown/beige Adipose Tissue (GET_BAT)
More than 5 million Canadians have obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) and their prevalence in the population is rapidly increasing. Drs. Greg Steinberg (featured on page 1 of this newsletter) and Katherine Morrison, and their team, which includes Drs. André Carpentier, Alison Holloway, Waliul Khan, Andrew McArthur, Kei Sakamoto, Jonathan Schertzer, Deborah Sloboda, and Michael Surette, are working to understand the underlying causes of these chronic, interrelated diseases. Brown adipose tissue (BAT), frequently characterized as the body's furnace, has the unique capability to burn large amounts of sugar and fat, and effectively dissipates this energy as heat. In individuals with obesity or T2D the ability to switch on BAT is compromised, but the reasons for this are not well understood. The GET_BAT team is examining how agricultural and food processing practices may regulate BAT metabolic activity, directly, or indirectly by altering the gut microbiome. These studies will help us develop new strategies to enhance BAT activity that may be effective for treating and preventing obesity, NAFLD and T2D.
CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grants - Institute Community Support
INMD is delighted to congratulate successful applicants who received Planning and Dissemination Grants – Institute/Initiative Community Support (Winter 2017 Competition):
|Nominated Principal Investigator||Institution||Project Title|
|Bénédicte Fontaine-Bisson||Univ. Ottawa||Periconceptional intake of folic acid among low-risk women: aligning prenatal supplement content with current expert guidelines|
|Jess Haines||Univ. Guelph||Engaging the forgotten parent: Conference of experts on fathers' role on children's weight and related behaviours|
|Hassanali Vatanparast||Univ. Saskatchewan||Refugee crises, access to food and health, time for action!|
|Michelle Vine||Univ. Waterloo||Developing a research agenda for school nutrition policy in Ontario: A planning meeting including key stakeholders from across Canada|
|David Wright||Univ. Guelph||Saltin international PhD course in clinical and exercise physiology|
A Food Policy for Canada
Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, announced that the Government of Canada is launching consultations to support the development of A Food Policy for Canada. An online survey is now open and Canadians are encouraged to share their input to help shape a food policy that will cover the entire food system, from farm to fork. Canadians can share their views on four major themes: increasing access to affordable food; improving health and food safety; conserving our soil, water, and air; and growing more high-quality food. In addition, a wide range of stakeholders will be invited to Ottawa for A Food Policy for Canada Summit, to take place June 22-23, 2017. The Summit is designed to provide a space for stakeholders, experts, and key policy makers to share views on the development of A Food Policy for Canada. Online consultations close July 27, 2017.
CIHR Funding Opportunities
Innovative Clinical Trials in Type 1 Diabetes
CIHR and JDRF Canada are pleased to announce funding for Innovative Clinical Trials (iCT) in type 1 diabetes. As part of SPOR, the (iCT) initiative aims to build capacity and increase the intensity of iCT research. This funding opportunity is focused on the type of innovative clinical trials that involve comparative effectiveness research and/or implementation science research. For more information, please visit ResearchNet.
Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium (CEEHRC) Phase II
The Impact Grant program is intended to support significant progression in epigenetic research where there is the potential to overcome significant challenges or hurdles totranslation. Application Deadline: August 15, 2017. The Team Grant supports collaborative research teams that have the capability to transform epigenetics research. Letter of Intent Application Deadline: August 15, 2017. Visit ResearchNet for more information.
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