IMHA On the Move! – August 2017

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New Scientific Director for CIHR-IMHA

Dr. Karim Khan has been appointed as new Scientific Director for CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (CIHR-IMHA). (Twitter @KarimKhan_IMHA)

Dr. Roderick McInnes, Acting President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), along with CIHR's Governing Council, announced today the appointment of Dr. Karim Khan as the new Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis. This appointment will be effective October 1, 2017. 

Dr. Khan brings to the position 25 years of experience as a clinician, researcher and professor. Most recently, he has served as the co-director of the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, a $40-million centre funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Dr. Khan has been a professor at UBC since 2000, co-authored the best-selling textbook Brukner & Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine, now in its fifth edition, and has a track record of over 300 highly cited peer-reviewed publications.

Since 2008, Dr. Khan has also been the editor-in-chief of the high-impact British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM). In the pursuit of knowledge translation and stakeholder engagement, he established the BJSM social media accounts, podcast and blog that have reached millions of viewers and listeners.

As Scientific Director, Dr. Khan will work with the Canadian musculoskeletal, skin and oral health communities to identify research priorities, develop research funding opportunities, build partnerships and translate research evidence into policy and practice to improve the health of Canadians and people around the world. Finally, as a member of CIHR's leadership team, he will participate in setting and implementing CIHR's strategic direction. Although he officially starts on October 1, you can connect with Professor Khan in his IMHA role via the Twitter account @KarimKhan_IMHA. Other social media channels will be available for the IMHA community in the fall. 

Funding opportunities and news

CIHR – IMHA funding opportunities

For a full listing of CIHR funding opportunities, please visit the ResearchNet website. For all inquiries please contact: CIHR Contact Centre; Telephone: 613-954-1968; Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178; Email:

Planning and Dissemination Grants on Global Health
Application Deadline: August 22, 2017
Sponsors: CIHR-Institute of Population and Public Health and CIHR-Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis in collaboration with CIHR-Institute of Health Services and Policy Research and CIHR Institute of Inflection and Immunity

In addition to aligning with the global health research priorities, this funding opportunity has earmarked some funds to support research on arthritis, oral health, skin and musculoskeletal health –which includes prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) via promotion of physical activity and/or reduction of sedentary behaviour. For more information about the kinds of physical inactivity and NCD challenges that we’re hoping researchers will address with the earmarked funds, please see the WHO’s factsheet. Of the $440,000 available from CIHR, $200,000 is available to fund applications in the research area relevant to CIHR – IMHA (approximately 10 grants).

Planning and Dissemination Grants on Lyme Disease
Application Deadline: August 22, 2017
Sponsors: CIHR-Institute of Infection and Immunity, CIHR-Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, and the Public Health Agency of Canada

Other: Planning & Dissemination Grants – ICS (Planning and Dissemination Grants– Institute/Initiative Community Support (Summer 2017 Competition))
Application Deadline: August 22, 2017
Sponsor(s): CIHR’s Institutes and Initiatives and the Public Health Agency of Canada

Healthy and Productive Work – Partnership Grants
Application Deadline: November 1, 2017
Sponsors: The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the CIHR Roadmap Accelerator Fund (RAF) in collaboration with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Team Grant - Human Immunology Initiative: Standardization Core (Human Immunology Initiative: Standardization and its application in autoimmune diseases research)
Application Deadline (Full Application): March 6, 2018

Sponsors: The Institute of Infection and Immunity, the Institute of Gender and Health, the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis and the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes

CIHR funding opportunities

Catalyst Grant: Population Health Intervention Research on the Legalization and Regulation of Non-Medical Cannabis in Canada
Application Deadline: August 22, 2017
Sponsors: The CIHR Roadmap Accelerator Fund (RAF) in partnership with the Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) and under the co-scientific leadership of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA), and Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR).

Operating Grant: SPOR Innovative Clinical Trial Multi-Year Grant (2017)
Application Deadline (Letter of Intent): September 12, 2017
Sponsor: The Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR)

Project Grant: Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Registration Deadline: August 15, 2017 and February 6, 2018

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017 and March 6, 2018
Sponsor: CIHR

Fellowship: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program (2017-2018)
Application Deadline: September 20, 2017
Sponsors: The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Secondary Data Analysis
Application Deadline: October 3, 2017
Sponsors: CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research in partnership with the Canadian Institute for Health Information

Operating Grant: Patient-Oriented Research Collaboration Grants (2017)
Application Deadline: November 14, 2017
Sponsor(s): The Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR)

Other: Human Frontier Science Program (2017)
Application Deadline: For the specific date and time please view Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) website
Sponsor(s): The Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) supporting countries include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Union

CIHR news

Project Grant: 2016-2017 competition results
CIHR’s Foundation Grants results for 2016-17 were released on August 3. Across Canada, 76 grants were approved for a total of $199,659,488. One competition for these grants is held each year. It’s designed to support a broad base of research leaders across all areas and health-related disciplines including basic and biomedical research with a demonstrable track record of excellence and impact in their field of study; develop and maintain Canadian capacity in research and other health-related fields; provide research leaders with the flexibility to pursue innovative lines of inquiry; and contribute to the creation and application of health-related knowledge through a wide range of research and/or knowledge translation activities, including any relevant collaboration. Read more

Government of Canada announces funding that improves Indigenous health in Northwest Territories
On July 19, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, and Robert C. McLeod, Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance, and Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories, and partners announced an agreement with the Tlicho Government to provide $24.9 million in funding and in-kind contributions to establish a NWT Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) Unit – Hotıì ts’eeda. Read more

Additional responsibilities for CIHR College Chairs and request for more College of Reviewers members
CIHR’s College Chairs thank everyone who agreed to join the College of Reviewers. Recruitment of other qualified and committed professionals will continue throughout the summer. As you may have read in Dr. Roderick McInnes’ message on July 10 , the College Chairs will now provide advice and guidance on building the College, and ensure that peer review processes for CIHR’s major competitions (such as Project Grants and Foundation Grants) are fair, transparent and equitable. Read more

A farewell interview with Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy, former SD of CIHR-IMHA
Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy left CIHR-IMHA after serving as its Scientific Director from 2013-2017. CIHR secured an audio interview with him prior to his departure that addresses his fantastic achievements with the Institute. Listen to that podcast.

IMHA community news

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Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR)

Applications are solicited for the CADR- Network for Canadian Oral Health and Research (NCOHR) Student Research Awards Competition for trainees to present their research at the American Association for Dental Research/CADR meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, March 21-24, 2018.  In addition, the two of the most highly ranked applicants will receive the IADR Unilever Hatton Divisional Award and will represent Canada in the Hatton Awards Competition sponsored by Unilever and the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) in London, England, in July 2018. 

Access the details of the competition rules and the application form. The complete list of the previous winners can be seen online.  


Adult Networking Call will take place on August 20, 2017, from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
This conference call series is designed specifically for adults with a facial difference. The purposes of these calls are to:

  • Provide an opportunity to connect with other adults who can relate to your experiences and feelings
  • Provide useful information, strategies and ideas
  • Provide a safe and trusting place to share and learn
  • Share life experiences

For further information on how people can participate, please go to this page of the AboutFace website.

Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE)

The Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership award was created in 2014 to recognize the pioneering arthritis advocacy efforts of Ann Qualman and Jim Davies who were two of the first people striving to bring awareness to arthritis across Canada.

The award is given to anyone with arthritis who displays, or has displayed, selfless actions through volunteer work in their community. If you would like to nominate someone, please fill out the nomination form for them to be considered. The application deadline is August 31, 2017. Please submit completed nominations to The winning nominee and their nominator will be invited to attend the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s 2017 Annual Meeting Reception taking place on Thursday, October 26 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC)

On July 20, The Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) and The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) launched the Osteoarthritis Tool, designed to provide primary health care providers with key professional knowledge and skills necessary to effectively diagnose and facilitate the management of patients living with osteoarthritis (OA). The AAC, CFPC and the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) joined forces to develop the Osteoarthritis Tool, to help family physicians and other healthcare providers understand that Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common, treatable, chronic illness by providing a tool that helps them identify, assess, and monitor OA; equip patients for high quality self-management; and recommend specific non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies.

A launch guide in English and French were provided for ease of sharing the Tool. If you would like more information about this project, please contact Jaime Coish.

Meetings of interest

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Congress
August 30 – September 1, 2017 Cork, Ireland

Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry Annual Conference
September 22-23, 2017 Toronto, ON

8th Annual Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research  Forum
September 25 – 27, 2017 Toronto, ON

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) 2017 50th Annual General Meeting
October 25 – 28, 2017 Winnipeg, MB

Arthritis Alliance of Canada Annual Meeting
October 26-27, 2017 Vancouver, BC

2017 Inaugural Canadian Physiotherapists Association (CPA) Leadership Forum
Nov 2 – 4, 2017 Ottawa, ON

American College of Rheumatology (ACR/ARHP) Annual Meeting 2017
November 3 - 8, 2017 San Diego, CA

2018 CRA Annual Scientific Meeting & AHPA Annual Meeting
February 21-24, 2018 Vancouver, BC

Contact Us

CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis
University of Manitoba
290 Brodie Centre, 727 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, MB  R3E 3P5
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