2019 Year in Review: CIHR impacts in Canada

2019 Year in Review: CIHR impacts in Canada

At CIHR, we support heath researchers and trainees across Canada who are pushing the boundaries of science and turning research discoveries into better health for Canadians.

As we reflect on 2019, we are pleased to present a small sample of the research achievements and some interesting news that made headlines this year.

Better Understanding Traumatic Stress

From wildfires to live-fire, Canadian first responders and military personnel must respond to traumatic events in a volatile world. CIHR funded new research into post-traumatic stress injury among public safety workers.

Improving Neurosurgery

Dr. Garnette Sutherland at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary won the Governor General’s Innovation Awards for developing a 3-D imaging system to improve the precision of neurosurgery.

Advances in Indigenous Health Research: CIHR

Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health released its Strategic Plan for 2019-2024, which includes CIHR’s new definition of meaningful and culturally safe Indigenous health research. The Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) Program, a nearly $101M investment was announced. These activities will ensure that First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples are leading the Indigenous health research agenda, including being able to hold research funds.

From OK Boomer to Great Boomer

CIHR and AGE-WELL funded an international collaboration that will explore ways that seniors can lead healthy, active lives in an increasingly technology-dependent world.

Battling Canada’s Opioid Crisis

Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes at the University of British Columbia advanced patient-centered care for people seeking treatment for substance use disorder, as CIHR continued to fund potentially live saving research to fight the opioid crisis.

New Leadership at CIHR

Dr. Jeannie Shoveller was appointed Chairperson of CIHR’s Governing Council – the first time in CIHR’s history a woman has held this position.

Dr. Jane Rylett started her team as the new Scientific Director of CIHR Institute of Aging.

On the Mic with Mike

CIHR President Dr. Michael Strong launched a new series featuring conversations with researchers about their lives and work. The latest episode features virologist Dr. Marceline Côté.

Science is Better with Sex and Gender

Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health
Dr. Cara Tannenbaum co-authored a high profile article on sex and gender analysis in the 150th anniversary issue of Nature.

Understanding the Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance

Dr. Karine Auclair at McGill University explored new medications to existing antibiotics, while CIHR Scientific Directors Dr. Steven Hoffman and
Dr. Charu Kaushic highlighted the critical role of research in Canada’s action plan for addressing the threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Canadian-made Ebola Vaccine Success

An Ebola vaccine, developed in part by Gary Kobinger at the National Microbiology Lab, has received recognition and met approvals from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organization. The vaccine now meets WHO standards for quality, safety and efficacy.

Vaping and Youth

Dr. Hai Van Nguyen at Memorial University of Newfoundland published research on the effects of provincial bans on sales of e-cigarettes to youth as part of his work as one of nearly 40 CIHR Early Career Investigators in Maternal, Reproductive, Child and Youth Health.

Cannabis research

Dr. Gabriella Gobbi at McGill University improved understanding of the potential harm cannabinoid compounds on the developing brain, while CIHR released the Integrated Cannabis Research Strategy to help better understand the knowledge gaps, risks and potential benefits of our new legal landscape.

Measuring excellence in research

Along with its federal partners, CIHR signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), to support a wider variety of metrics used to assess excellence in research.

Women in STEM… and Stem Cells

An elementary school in of Calgary, Alberta, is being named after molecular geneticist Dr. Freda Miller, in recognition of her successful career in stem cell research.

Dr. Connie Eaves won this year’s Canada Gairdner Wightman Award for improving our understanding of the role of stem cells in cancer.

New Generation of Health System Leaders

The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research and its partners funded 51 new Health System Impact Fellows, bringing the total number to nearly 150 graduate students and post-doctoral research, who are working to solve real world health system problems – as profiled in Healthcare Policy.

Stand Up to Cancer Canada

CIHR collaborated with SU2C Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society to support a new dream team focused on metastatic breast cancer at McGill University.

As CIHR heads into the final stages of developing its new strategic plan, and on the cusp of its 20th anniversary, we look forward to seeing the results of our investments in health research in the decades to come.

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