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Health research in action: More stories

Health research is making a real difference in the lives of Canadians. To learn more about how CIHR-supported research is generating innovative ideas and improving health, read our Health research in action stories.

Dr. Alisa Grigorovich – Change Agent
Analyzing whether wildfire created toxic pollution in Fort McMurray
Researcher’s analysis provided insight for both residents and firefighters of the community
Pink Shirt Day: We all have a role to play in stopping bullying!
CIHR is supporting research into the health impacts of bullying
Healthy sperm, healthy children
Pioneering McGill researcher studies the effects of environmental toxins on male sex cells
Caring for dementia patients in pain
Researcher explores ways that caregivers and health care professionals can better assess and treat pain in people with dementia
Fighting Ebola through use of data
Preventing fear of needles among patients
When should I give my kid peanuts, now?
Early introduction of potentially allergenic foods may reduce allergy risk
The Fruit Effect
Research suggests that eating fruit during pregnancy could boost a baby’s brain power
Bugs on Board
Researchers are discovering how a baby’s gut microbiome influences its health
Parenting strategies may help preterm babies thrive
An interview with Dr. Steven Miller and Dr. Isabel Benavente-Fernández on their research into the social economic status of parents and the link to cognitive outcomes in very preterm babies
A public health approach to reduce harm of substance use
Researcher seeks to determine the connection between Alzheimer’s and sleep
Cancer patients experience less blood clots thanks to apixaban
Research consortium working to make cities healthier
Helping women and girls improve their heart health through outdoor activities
New Brunswick patient-navigation centre helps children and youth with complex care needs and their families
Babies and Bacteria
McMaster researcher studies link between maternal nutrition, gut bacteria, and the health of babies
Confronting opioid dependency through patient focused care
Research examines whether patient-centred care has helped people recover from substance use disorder across Canada
McGill researcher examines the long-term effects of cannabis on the brains of adolescents
Cannabis use among youth linked to mental health problems later in life
Helping seniors improve their quality of life
CIHR and AGE-WELL fund international research projects to benefit aging baby boomers
Seeing the World in 5-D
MUN research team develops new way to visualize proteins and discovers key information on the inner workings of cancer-causing enzymes
Creating healthy cities
Canadian researchers pitch their ideas to a Dragons' Den-style panel
Sharing Dance
Dance program leads to health and social benefits for people with dementia and their caregivers
Dementia Dialogue
Podcast series broadcasts the voices of people with lived experience of dementia
Dementia researchers are taking care of caregivers
The Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging is finding ways to support caregivers in meeting their practical and emotional needs
Nothing for us without us
Parents and youth steer research network to help children with brain-based developmental disabilities
Making the world safer for children
York researcher works with partners across Canada to prevent child injury through strong, evidence-based policy
#ItDoesntHaveToHurt: Making a difference for children
Science-media partnership harnesses social media to connect with parents and mobilize evidence on children’s pain
Helping youth open up about their health care needs
Children and youth living with a medical condition often have difficulty expressing their needs to health care professionals
Patients of today influence the research of tomorrow
Diabetes Action Canada Network working to prevent diabetes and its complications and transform the lives of people living with diabetes
Weighing-in on weight stigma
The EveryBODY Matters Collaborative is building a stronger and healthier future for people living with obesity by eliminating weight bias and stigma in Canada
Reducing your risk of dementia: What the research tells us
A collaboration between the CIHR Institute of Aging, Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, and the Alzheimer Society of Canada
Helping men deal with mental health issues through collaboration
Many men are reluctant to acknowledge mental health issues for fear of others seeing them as weak for needing help. Dr. Oliffe wants to change that.
Emerging technology sparks hope
A new therapeutic approach holds promises for patients with dementia
Sharing knowledge will help Indigenous dementia patients face their disease
Team 20, from the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, is examining how use of the Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment tool could further mutual learning between Western academics and First Nations people
Why do more women develop Alzheimer’s disease than men?
Dr. Gillian Einstein is addressing the increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease among women. Hopefully, her work will lead to innovative treatments
The Power of Health Research
Canadian researchers working together to eliminate hepatitis C
Sharing Dance: Ending seniors social isolation one joyful step at a time
Art and science converge as the Trent Centre for Aging & Society connects people to create age-friendly communities
Healthy eating counts!
New app helps families eat more fruits and veggies
Food access is everyone’s business
Do you live in a food swamp or a food desert? You and your community can change that!
Me too: Theoren Fleury Talks Mental Health
Former NHL superstar Theoren Fleury speaks with CIHR about mental health, trauma, and the importance of mental health research for all Canadians.
Bullying: We all have a role to play in stopping it!
CIHR is supporting research into the health impacts of bullying
In-bed cycling holds promise for critically ill patients’ recovery
Can ICU patients avoid the muscle loss that limits mobility for years? Recent study of promising technology produces encouraging results.
Where compassion and sensibility collide, you’ll find Dr. Janet McElhaney
Advancing the science of aging well, the CIHR Institute Advisory Board (IAB) on Indigenous Peoples’ Health welcomes Dr. Janet McElhaney
Improving outcomes: Social enterprise models are improving health care delivery in South Sudan
Reducing South Sudan’s high maternal and child mortality rates by raising the profile of community health workers
Nature, nurture and our health
CIHR-funded research is exploring the interaction between genetics, environments and chronic diseases
Helping LGBTQ2 youth through research
CIHR-funded researchers are using their research to help improve the lives of LGBTQ2 youth across Canada
The stethoscope turns 200
2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the invention of the stethoscope – and the next great diagnostic tool may be just around the corner
Hitting the reset button: Canadians with memory conditions invited to participate in ground breaking research
In the largest study of its kind, COMPASS-ND, Canadians are joining forces with researchers to explore new ways to treat dementia
Researchers fight cancer by activating dormant genes
Sleeping Beauty is a reactivated gene being used to stop the same bone cancer that Terry Fox battled
Decoding the brain-body communication system
How the liver communicates with the brain in chronic disease
The health benefits of sport and exercise are for everyone
Research is exploring how sport and exercise allow people with physical disabilities to live longer, healthier and more independent lives
ACCESS Open Minds
Responding quickly to prevent five-alarm mental health “fires”
Gestational diabetes: An invisible maternal and infant health issue
Glucose intolerance in pregnancy and diabetes are linked, both in the mothers and their children
IMAGINE a future without digestive disease
The revolutionary SPOR IMAGINE Network could herald the end of digestive conditions like IBD and IBS
Tackling type 1 diabetes
A recent discovery could change the course of type 1 diabetes prevention and treatment
Are e-cigarettes safe?
Research aims to snuff out the debate on whether e-cigarettes can be recommended as smoking cessation aids
These streets are made for walking
Highest neighbourhood walkability scores associated with lowest incidences of diabetes and obesity
Finding relief
Combination therapy eases chronic pain
Benefits of a bilingual brain
The bilingual advantage: A lifetime of cognitive benefits revealed
Dr. Nadine Caron – Aboriginal mentor and capacity builder
Balancing Western medicine with respect for Indigenous knowledge and inspiring our next generation of Aboriginal leaders
Grand Challenges Canada scores with ChARM!
ChARM offensive: Philips and Grand Challenges Canada partner to reduce pneumonia deaths
Purrfect health
Owning a pet can benefit your health and well-being
Sweet deal: Maple syrup nurtures young scientists
Young scientists demonstrate how maple syrup may slow neurodegenerative diseases
It's possible to live well with lupus: One day at a time
From patient to research assistant: A lupus patient shares her story
Family matters
Helping parents and youth understand mental health
Boost your mental health
Research sheds light on everyday activities to improve mental health and mental wellness
CIHR Investment in Autism Spectrum Disorder Pays Huge Dividends
A very special, high-stakes study
Stay clear of influenza
The best way to prevent flu remains immunization
What encourages people to start exercising?
New research on health messaging could help make sure that more Canadians get active
Out of the classroom and into the lab
Young students get first-hand experience in gene research
Could asthma start with your gut?
How our gut bugs can influence our health
It's no joke!
Laughter boosts health and builds relationships
Dr. Gonzalo Alvarez finds a better way to stop spread of tuberculosis
On World TB Day, countering a disease that takes 1.5 million lives each year
Big hit: CHEO researcher develops post-concussion tool for kids
Seeing stars? New tool developed at CHEO decodes the constellation of symptoms signalling brain injury and accurately gauges recovery time
Chemotherapy 2.0: Targeted anti-cancer treatments
The next generation of anti-cancer treatments is getting personal
Pump it up! Resistance training is key to combatting osteoporosis
Saskatchewan researchers excited about the bone-building power combo of resistance training and creatine
Empowering patients, enabling better care
CIHR supports the development of eHealth solutions to address gaps in care
The future of cystic fibrosis treatment
Paving the way for the next generation of revolutionary cystic fibrosis drugs
Preventing little bullies from growing up into big bullies
From the schoolyard to the workplace to cyberspace: Bullying is more prevalent than ever
Prescription Drugs Misuse
Are prescription drugs as safe as we think?
SPOR: Bringing real change to health care
The Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research at work: Helping patients access the right treatment at the right time
High-tech underwear brings big relief, big savings
Innovative new medical device prevents pressure ulcers
A supportive environment can improve refugees’ mental health
Adapting to life in Canada: Feeling of isolation can erode refugees’ natural resilience
Analyzing Canada's obesity landscape
Painting a more accurate picture of national obesity rates to fuel effective health interventions
Gut Instinct
Studying the link between gut bacteria and infant health
Aging well from a First Nations perspective
Working with First Nations communities to focus on wellness
Teaching an active lifestyle
Aerobics and arithmetic in grade school add up to more active teens
What happens under the helmet?
Research is changing the game of hockey and informing policies to protect the health of hockey players
Help is just a phone call away
Bringing mental health support to kids and their families
Detecting dementia early
Saliva may hold clues to diagnosing and treating Alzheimer's disease
Understanding and treating eating disorders
Eating disorders are serious illnesses—and surprisingly common—but recovery is possible. How can research help?
Housing, health and HIV
Home is more than where the heart is
Showcasing a Canadian success story: The Ebola vaccine
Canada's role in the global fight to stop the Ebola outbreak
Health research hits the stratosphere
Helping Canadians to age better with health data from space
Consequences of spinal injury
How to protect the most important connection between the brain and the human body
Lupus: Unmasking the mystery behind the disease with 1,000 faces
Prevention of heart attack and stroke in Lupus patients
Getting kids active
Instilling lifelong healthy habits begins early
Do you speak French?
How research helps improve the delivery of health services in French in minority Francophone communities
Sleeping– it's not just for babies!
Six tips to help seniors sleep better
Living with Alzheimer’s and dementia
Hope drives the caregivers
Ready to fall back?
Maintaining good health during a time change adjustment
Connecting rural residents to health care
One-stop help for rural dementia patients
Preventable Dementia?
Brain scans, an early detection tool for dementia-related illnesses
Can mother's milk help protect kids from obesity?
Uncovering the link between breastfeeding and early childhood obesity
Obesity research – A Canadian strength

“Canadian researchers are known around the world for doing excellent obesity research that has an impact for patients.” - Dr. Philip Sherman, Scientific Director, Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes

Muscle fatigue: friend or foe?
How to minimize the negative effects of muscle fatigue
Parents: A child’s first role model
Show your children healthy behaviours – eating well, sleeping well, exercising and managing stress
Combatting cholesterol
New hope for patients unable to lower their cholesterol levels with traditional drugs
It doesn't have to hurt
A new science-media partnership is putting the best research about managing children’s pain into the hands of parents
Reducing the risk of sexual assault
Learn how a 12-hour training program is reducing the risk of sexual assault in young women—and building their confidence
Is it "just" clumsiness?
The impact of Developmental Coordination Disorder on the health of young children – and what we can do about it
Heavy metal health risks
Identifying the connections between environmental pollutants and life-threatening blood clots
Educating the immune system to prevent allergies
MUHC research team designs a potential vaccine against allergic airways disease
Healthy sperm, healthy children
There is growing evidence that epigenetic damage to sperm can result in negative health effects for generations of children
Uncovering a missing piece in the asthma puzzle
Epigenetics could reveal the links between environmental and genetic factors in asthma, and provide clues to preventative treatments
Improving health, one step at a time
The people of Kahnawake continue a long-standing research project to prevent type-2 diabetes
Understanding Lyme disease, in real time
Studying how tick-borne bacteria behave in the bloodstream
Are you more than your genes?
How your environment can alter the way your genes behave
The Quest for the HIV Cure
Is there hope for a cure? Read about the Canadian HIV Cure Enterprise and the global effort to conquer HIV
Are we getting close to a cure for HIV/AIDS?
How Canadian researchers are helping defeat the disease
Speaking up about HIV/AIDS to fight stigma, find a cure
How one young woman is helping shift the conversation about living with HIV/AIDS
A better way to diagnose HIV
HIV spreads most easily when a person is initially infected. Researchers have now found a better way to diagnose HIV during this critical first stage
Getting kids the help they need
How can we improve diagnosis – and quality of life – for people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder?
Are you taking too many meds?
Canadian seniors taking multiple medications face health risks
Gluten-blocking bugs
Can gut bacteria play a role in causing or preventing celiac disease?
Targeting tuberculosis
Canadian researchers are helping stop the spread of this highly contagious disease
Health research and indigenous peoples – Combining traditional and scientific approaches
Researchers are incorporating both traditional and modern approaches to improve health care in Aboriginal communities
Speaking up about mental health
NHL player Jordin Tootoo talks about mental well-being and resilience
First Aid for mental health in First Nations communities
Learn how a two-day course is empowering First Nations participants get in touch with their cultural identity and begin to heal
Raising tuberculosis awareness
Read about efforts to stop the spread of tuberculosis in Canada's Aboriginal communities
Keeping your kids safe (and active, too!)
Read about research that is helping prevent sports-related injuries in children
Acting Out! to address mental health issues
Learn about how researchers are using theatre workshops to engage teens in First Nations communities
Down to the stem
Read how blood stem cell research is opening the door to new cancer treatments
Mapping the Cellular Landscape
Learn how mapping the chemical changes in different cell types is helping researchers understand the way that environment influences health
Fertile ideas
Learn how a man's diet may affect the health of his future children
A new frontier of drug discovery
See how epigenetics research is leading to powerful new medications for conditions such as cancer, diabetes and inflammatory disorders
The on-off switch
Read about how environmental factors, such as nutrition and stress, create long-term changes in the activity of your genes
Right from the start
Find out about research into the effects of a pregnant woman's diet on her own health, and the health of her child
The traces of trauma
View research on the long-term genetic impact of abuse on a child's brain
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