IHSPR Newsletter – July 2017

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Message from Dr. Tamblyn

Dr. Robyn Tamblyn, IHSPR Scientific Director

We hope that everyone is enjoying the beautiful summer weather!

It is always an honour to reveal the winners of IHSPR's Article of the Year, Rising Star and Student Poster awards, which were announced at the May 2017 Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference in Toronto. We hope you take a moment to help us congratulate and recognize the achievement of this year's outstanding recipients. Have a look at the "2017 IHSPR Award Winners" section for more details on all the winning research.

There are new and exciting funding opportunities rolling out at IHSPR. Similar to the Health System Impact Fellowships (post-doctoral fellowships) competition that closed in May, 2017 (with results forthcoming this summer), we will be launching the Health System Impact (HSI) Doctoral Awards competition this fall. The HSI Doctoral Award program is a core component of a three-pronged multi-year training modernization funding initiative that stems from the Canadian Health Services and Policy Research Alliance's (CHSPRA's) Training Modernization Strategy [ PDF (323 KB) - external link ]. The HSI Doctoral Award shares the objective of the Health System Impact Fellowships, which is to prepare PhD trainees for stronger career readiness with greater impact.

CIHR and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) have partnered to create a dynamic cohort of complex, high system users, a relatively small subgroup of the population responsible for a significant amount of health services use. A funding opportunity has been launched with a purpose of providing funding to support cross-jurisdictional research on high system users using the dynamic cohort to improve the evidence for policy making in Canada. Be sure to check out the "Featured Funding Opportunities" section of this this newsletter for more information and upcoming application deadlines.

Make sure to stay up to date on IHSPR's activities through our website, e-bulletins, and newsletters.

I wish you all a wonderful summer season!

Robyn Tamblyn

Featured Funding Opportunities

Operating Grant: Secondary Data Analysis (Secondary Data Analysis – Dynamic Cohorts)

Application deadline: October 3, 2017
Anticipated notice of decision: February 28, 2018
Funding start date: March 1, 2018
Total available funding: $420,000, enough to fund approximately 6 grants
Value of grants: The maximum amount per grant is $70,000 per year for up to 1 year

CIHR and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) have partnered to create a dynamic cohort of complex, high system users, a relatively small subgroup of the population responsible for a significant amount of health services use and costs. The Dynamic Cohort was developed using CIHI's in-house datasets to facilitate cross-jurisdictional research.

Funding will be provided for cross-jurisdictional research projects, involving at least 2 Canadian jurisdictions (i.e. provinces or territories), using the Dynamic Cohort data and a control group to answer policy-relevant research questions on complex, high system users of relevance to the health system. Projects should also be relevant to at least one of the strategic priorities identified in the CIHR-IHSPR Strategic Plan 2015-2019.

The Secondary Data Analysis Dynamic Cohort funding opportunity is expected to:

  • Support cross-jurisdictional research on complex, high system users in Canada.
  • Promote the use of the CIHR/CIHI Dynamic Cohort datasets.
  • Promote effective knowledge translation through continuous and sustained interactions between researchers and end-users of this research.

Health System Impact Doctoral Awards

Anticipated launch date: Fall 2017

The HSI Doctoral Award is a new funding opportunity for doctoral trainees that supports one-year experiential learning opportunities within health system and related organizations (in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors).  Trainees will have the opportunity to contribute their research and analytic skills to complex challenges in dynamic and fast-paced environments outside the traditional scholarly setting, and benefit from professional work experience and mentorship from health system and academic leaders. The HSI Doctoral Award recognizes the diverse career trajectories of today's PhD graduates. It aims to equip PhD trainees with the skills, experience and networks to quickly excel and use their doctoral training to make meaningful contributions in both academic and non-academic careers.

Stay tuned for additional details, including a series of information webinars and the official launch of the funding opportunity this fall!

Catalyst Grant: Population Health Intervention Research Related to the Legalization of Cannabis in Canada

Application deadline: August 22, 2017
Anticipated notice of decision: January 16, 2018
Funding Start date: March 1, 2018
Total available funding: $1 million ($400,000 for data infrastructure development; $100,000 for an application that focuses on First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or Urban Indigenous populations)
Number of grants: up to 10 grants
Value of grants: Maximum amount per grant is $100,000/year

The Catalyst Grant: Population Health Intervention Research on the Legalization and Regulation of Non-Medical Cannabis in Canada is expected to:

  • Support the prompt initiation of intervention research that will assess how the legalization and regulation of non-medical cannabis in Canada could directly or indirectly impact population health and health equity;
  • Generate data and evidence to monitor and evaluate the potential benefits, harms, and unintended consequences of legalizing and regulating non-medical cannabis to population health and health equity; and
  • Facilitate consideration and application of new evidence from population health intervention research to inform ongoing and future development of policies, practices, and programs involving cannabis.

2017 CIHR-IHSPR Award Winners

2017 CIHR-IHSPR Article of the Year Award Recipients

Emilie Gladstone and Tara Gomes have received the 2017 CIHR-IHSPR Article of the Year Award of $10,000. This award recognizes published research that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the field of health services and policy research in Canada.

The CIHR-IHSPR Article of the Year Review Committee selected their article, entitled “Sensitivity and specificity of administrative mortality data for identifying prescription opioid-related deaths”, for its relevance to health services and policy research, as well as for the extent to which the article shows a clear impact (or potential impact) on policy, practice, or health outcomes. Read more

2017 CIHR-IHSPR Rising Star Award Recipients

Ruth Lavergne, Jenna Wong, and David Campbell have received the 2017 CIHR-IHSPR Rising Star Awards of $1,000 and certificates of excellence.

The Rising Star Award review committee selected this year's winners for their excellence in research and/or knowledge translation, the innovation of their work and the potential impact of their work within the field of health services and policy research. Read more

2017 CIHR-IHSPR/CAHSPR Student Poster Competition Prize Winners

Each year at the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference IHSPR sponsors a Student Poster Competition. Posters are reviewed by a team of expert reviewers who each devote their time and effort to conducting the reviews.

CAHSPR and IHSPR would like to congratulate the winners of the 2017 CIHR-IHSPR/CAHSPR Student Poster Competition:

  • First Prize: Daniala Weir from McGill University for her poster “Medications Prescribed, Stopped and Modified at Hospital Discharge and Filled Medications in the Community: Predictors of Failure to Follow in-Hospital Medication Changes 30-days Post Hospital Discharge in Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions.”
  • Second Prize: Brittany Speller from the University of Toronto for her poster “Development of a Decision Aid for Young Canadians Diagnosed with Breast Cancer who are at Risk of Infertility Following Cancer Treatment.”
  • Third Prize: Aaron Jones from McMaster University for his poster “Longitudinal Construct Validity of the Minimum Data Set Health Status Index (MDS-HSI).”

Read more

Funding Opportunities

IHSPR Institute Community Support (ICS) Program (2018)

CIHR Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research

  • Funds available: $25,000 for one recipient
  • Grant duration: One year
  • Application deadline: May 4, 2018

The CIHR Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research is a career achievement award that honours and recognizes an exceptional researcher in the area of health services and policy research who has created a seminal body of work that has had a substantial impact on health services and policy research, policy and/or care delivery.

The award is named in honour of the leadership, vision and innovative contributions of the first two Scientific Directors of the Institute, Morris Barer and Colleen Flood.

IHSPR Article of the Year Award 2018

  • Funds available: $10,000 for one recipient
  • Grant duration: One year
  • Nomination deadline: February 23, 2018

This award is intended to recognize published research that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the field of health services and policy research in Canada. IHSPR will consider articles related to:

  • Research that demonstrates a clear impact or potential impact on policy or practice (e.g., decision maker uptake, change management for improved practice);


  • Research that breaks ground in the way health services or policy research is conducted (e.g., innovations in methodology, novel theory or application of theory, new approaches to existing problems).

IHSPR Rising Star Award 2018

  • Funds available: $3,000 for approximately three recipients
  • Maximum amount per grant: $1,000
  • Grant duration: One year
  • Application deadline: February 23, 2018

The Rising Star Award is dedicated to supporting graduate students and post-doctoral Fellows and to recognizing the research excellence and knowledge translation initiatives of these emerging health services and policy researchers at an early stage in their career. Up to three Rising Stars are awarded each year. The specific objectives of the award are to:

  • Recognize the excellence of Canadian research and innovative knowledge translation (KT) initiatives of graduate students (e.g. M.D., M.A., M.Sc. and PhD) and post-doctoral fellows studying health services and policy research;
  • Recognize research and/or KT contributions for which a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow has had primary responsibility;
  • Promote careers in health services and policy research.

Other CIHR Funding Opportunities

ICS Planning and Dissemination Grants

Application deadline: August 22, 2017
Anticipated notice of decision: October 24, 2017
Funding start date: November 1, 2017

CIHR-IHSPR will provide funding for applications for planning and dissemination activities that are determined to be relevant to the following strategic research areas: 

  • Healthy aging in the community
  • Innovations in healthcare financing and funding (including international comparisons)
  • eHealth Innovations
  • Learning health systems


The 2017 European Forum for Primary Care Conference: September 24-26, 2017, Porto, Portugal

  • Theme this year: The Citizen Voice in Primary Care; A social commitment to health for all!
  • Call for abstracts is open! Submission deadline May 1, 2017

Governance and Corruption in the Pharmaceutical Sector: Causes and Consequences Workshop: September 29, 2017

This one day seminar will provide an opportunity for health care professionals and researchers to gain a deeper understanding of how corruption and lack of good governance can have an impact on pharmaceutical services and importantly provide strategies and tactics to educate participants on how to counter vulnerabilities within the sector. Register


  • To introduce and discuss concepts of governance and corruption and explain how they relate to the pharmaceutical sector
  • To educate participants on how to identify potential areas of weak governance that can lead to poor results in pharmaceutical services
  • To highlight anti-corruption initiatives, strategies and tactics relevant to the pharmaceutical sector


Munk School of Global Affairs – Boardroom
315 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON

News and Announcements

Highlights from the 2017 CAHSPR Conference

The 2017 Annual CAHSPR Conference: Towards an Accord for Change was a huge success! It is always a great opportunity to convene with our Health Services and Policy Research colleagues to discuss the issues that are front and centre in our community and also to celebrate successes and accomplishments in the HSPR realm. Thank you to everyone who came to visit us at the IHSPR booth; we are already looking forward to next year's conference in Montreal!

The IHSPR booth at the 2017 CAHSPR Conference

Coined the IHSPR "dream team"! All three past and present IHSPR Scientific Directors together at CAHSPR. From left to right: Dr. Morris Barer, Dr. Robyn Tamblyn, and Dr. Colleen M. Flood

CIHR and SSHRC Host International Meeting on Demographic Change

The CIHR Institute of Aging and CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research have partnered with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to host a two-day international meeting focused on demographic change. The General Assembly of the Joint Programming Initiative on More Years, Better Lives – The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change (MYBL) met on June 20 and 21 in Montreal. The meeting brought together experts from leading funding agencies from across Europe and the Americas. The MYBL initiative aims to increase coordinated investment between participating countries in research covering a wide range of fields and policy topics, from health to social welfare, education and learning, work and productivity to housing, urban and rural development and mobility. Read more

National research platform holds answers to healthy aging

Canada's health researchers have access to a valuable national research platform to answer important questions related to health and aging. Launched in 2010, the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) involves 51,000 Canadians, aged 45 to 85 at recruitment, who will be followed for 20 years. The platform includes data on health status, physical assessments, diseases, cognition, psychological well-being and mental health, social well-being, economic aspects of aging, and blood-based biological markers. The initial baseline data set is now ready and available for use by researchers and trainees working in all areas of health and psychosocial well-being. Follow-up data collection events will be repeated every three years for 20 years. Read more

Dr. Charlotte Loppie – Winner of the CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Transformation: Patient Engagement

Dr. Charlotte Loppie is a Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria, and the Director of the university's Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement. Dr. Loppie's guiding principle is to be of service to the Indigenous communities who will benefit from her research. To that end, she has made it her life's work to bring Indigenous peoples into research projects that touch their lives. Her goal is to empower communities, build research capacity and tackle the health disparities faced by Indigenous peoples. She partners with First Nation communities, regional and national Indigenous organizations, health charities and government bodies on a range of projects. Read more

Dr. Gregory Steinberg – Winner of the CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Outstanding Achievements by an Early Career Investigator

Dr. Gregory Steinberg is a Professor in the departments of Medicine and Biochemistry at McMaster University, a Canada Research Chair in Metabolism and Obesity, the J. Bruce Duncan Chair in Metabolic Diseases and the Co-Director of the Metabolism and Childhood Obesity Research Program at McMaster. His research is focused on understanding the molecular pathways controlling the metabolism of fat and sugars and how hormones such as insulin and serotonin regulate these effects. His translational research program has also revealed novel mechanisms by which exercise and commonly used medications improve health. His ultimate goals is to develop new preventative strategies and treatments for the interrelated metabolic diseases of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Read more

The CCTCC is pleased to offer mCTA Version 8 to all interested in being early adopters

To recruit as many early adopters as possible, a series of webinars and face-to-face meetings will be offered with interested sponsors, sites and investigators upon request. The early adopters will be asked to use the mCTA and provide CCTCC with the following information regarding their experience with the mCTA:

  • Time from contract ideation to execution/ speed of contract negotiation
  • Suggested amendments for the periodic review of the mCTA, especially if there is language that posed significant challenges
  • How does the experience negotiating with the mCTA compare to their regular negotiating practices

Updates about the mCTA as well as the latest version of the contract will be posted on CCTCC's website.

If you are interested in becoming an early mCTA adopter or have any questions, please email mcta@cctcc.ca

Tools and Resources

A Digital Resource for Exploring Health Care Around the World

The Commonwealth Fund profiles the health care systems of 19 countries. Learn how care is delivered and financed, what's being done to control costs, what new reforms and innovations have been introduced, and much more. The site draws on the newly updated International Profiles of Health Care Systems, written by leading experts in each country and edited by researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science and The Commonwealth Fund. Users can also delve into health system statistics and check out data visualizations from The Commonwealth Fund's last two international health policy surveys.

A Special Publication from the National Academy of Medicine: Effective Care for High-Need Patients: Opportunities for Improving Outcomes, Value, and Health

To advance insights and perspectives on how to better manage the care of the high-need patient population, the National Academy of Medicine, with guidance from an expert planning committee, was tasked with convening three workshops held between July 2015 and October 2016 and summarizing the presentations, discussions, and the relevant literature. The resulting special publication, Effective Care for High-Need Patients: Opportunities for Improving Outcomes, Value, and Health [ PDF (3.13 MB) - external link ], can be found on the National Academy of Medicine's website. Read more

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