Message from Steven Hoffman

Dear colleagues,

It has been a busy few months since our last e-newsletter and a lot of great things have been happening at CIHR-IPPH.

In late February, we asked you to mark your calendars for an upcoming Catalyst grant opportunity that supports population health intervention research related to the legalization and regulation of cannabis. That funding opportunity is now open as a partnership among several CIHR Institutes (see funding opportunities below). An information session webinar regarding this catalyst grant has been organized for June 1, 2017 (2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT). To register, please click here.

Over the last few months, we have been engaging with many of you as our Institute has made its way across our provinces. We will share the results of this listening tour in a future message. I feel that we have made great progress in developing relationships with our research community, key stakeholders, partners and opinion leaders in population and public health, as well as developing a new IPPH strategic plan for 2018-2022. Although much work remains to be done, I am confident that our efforts are helping create opportunities for our community, whether involving implementation science, health promotion, social sciences or global health.

I remain committed to delivering innovative funding opportunities to support our research community and to build the next generation of researchers to come. We are doing this through IPPH priority-driven programs and opportunities, like our IPPH Starting Investigator Workshop that is taking place in Ottawa next month. We also do this by enabling participation in training opportunities offered in collaboration with other Institutes or partners, such as the Health System Impact Fellowship – a new opportunity for post-docs designed to support stronger and broader career readiness and great health system impact. It was IPPH’s participation that ensured this program would include opportunities for post-docs in public health units and agencies.

In early May, I was pleased to join Minister of Health Jane Philpott in announcing CIHR’s $17.7 million Intersectoral Prevention Research Team Initiative at the World Health Summit in Montreal. This initiative will support the work of nine research teams that will study big ideas for disease prevention and health promotion strategies.

Having been Scientific Director of CIHR-IPPH for nine months now, I can see an exciting and productive future for our research community. I continue to be inspired by your efforts and I’m proud to support and advocate for them. If you have any suggestions for us, stories or items that you would like to see published in this newsletter, please take the time to reach out to my great IPPH staff team!


Steven J. Hoffman JD PhD LLD

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