Organization: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Basic science needs better oversight and coordination, and more money: Expert panel

R$ talks to David Naylor

A federally commissioned blue-chip panel calling for greater coherence and financial support for fundamental research has made a series of 35 recommendations, including a $1.3-billion increase in the budgets of the three granting councils, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and related entities over the next four years.

Feds and BC government fund new SUPPORT Unit

The federal and British Columbia governments are investing $80 million over five years in cash and in-kind for a BC Support Unit for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials. Half of the federal funding ($40 million) will be provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research with matching support from the BC government. The BC…

Panel to examine CIHR’s awarding of research grants

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has launched an international Peer Review Expert Panel to examine the design and adjudication process of its investigator-initiated funding program. Headed by Dr Peter Gluckman, chief scientific advisor to the prime minister of New Zealand, the panel will base its deliberations on peer review literature and international best practices.…

CIHR funds research into disease-environment link

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is investing $16 million over five years into etiological research on environment-microbiome-gene-interaction for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease. The new funding will support eight research teams that will examine interactions between genes and the environment to guide new approaches for treatment, prevention and…

CDRD spin-off secures seed funding from Quark

Sitka Biopharma, Vancouver, has received a “significant” but unspecified seed investment from Quark Venture to advance its lead compound for treating bladder cancer into clinical trials. Sitka was spun out in 2013 from the Univ of British Columbia and the Centre for Drug Research and Development. CDRD assisted the firm in developing its nanoparticle platform…

Cochrane Canada returning to McMaster with new director

The Cochrane Canada Centre is returning to McMaster Univ following support from a benefactor who will be announced in the near future. The Centre was slated for closure following a 2015 decision not to renew central funding by the cash-strapped Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The centre — one of 14 worldwide — received…

CIHR awards $62.25 million for new research networks

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has announced $62.25 million for five new pan-Canadian research networks in chronic diseases including diabetes, chronic pain, child disability, gastrointestinal disorders, and chronic kidney disease. The networks involve patients from the outset to ensure research is integrated into patient care and the health care system. The funding is provided…

CIHR funds study into prescription opioid abuse

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is investing $4.4 million in four research teams to examine the increasing abuse of prescription drugs, primarily opioids. The teams – based in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and the prairies – has developed a randomized control trial (OPTIMA) to tackle the issue through the Canadian Research Initiative in…

CIHR and IDRC fund chronic lung disease research

Canada is investing $5 million in the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) to support research teams from Canada and low- and middle-income countries studying how to prevent chronic lung diseases such as asthma, lung cancer and chronic pulmonary obstructive disease. The funding is being provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and…

CIHR funds national hepatitis research network

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has awarded $4.4 million for a new national network aimed at improving the health of people infected with hepatitis C and preventing new infections. The National Collaborative Hepatitis C Network has a team of 60 researchers led by Dr Naglaa Shoukry, a scientist at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université…