Organization: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

CIHR launches collaborative grants program with China

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has launched a Joint Health Research Institute Grants Program with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). CIHR is contributing $450,000 annually to the collaborative research grants initiative, while the NSFC is providing $325,000. The aim of the program is to increase scientific cooperation between Canadian and…

EKOS Research to study 13 CIHR Institutes

EKOS Research Associates Inc has been commissioned to conduct an evaluation of the 19 Institutes comprising the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). EKOS will interview a variety of individuals from institute advisory boards, researchers, CIHR staff and stakeholders to gauge the effectiveness of the institutes and identify areas for improvement. The findings will be…

CIHR funds groundbreaking heroin clinical trial

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is providing $8.1 million for North America’s first clinical trial of prescribed heroin for chronic addicts. The two-year North American Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI) will try to determine ways to improve the health of addicts and reintegrate them back into society. It will enrol 470 participants in Vancouver,…

NRC and CIHR strike collaborative partnership

The National Research Council (NRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are collaborating to create the NRC/CIHR Science and Technology Health Innovation Partnership. The initiative will fund three health research projects worth $3.1 million over the next three years: Laval Univ and NRC’s Industrial Materials Institute will conduct research into the convergence between…

Pilot launched to access US research program

Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) has developed a pilot project that provides access for Canadian university researchers to the US Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). Funding for Canadian participation will be mostly provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. MURI projects are typically worth about $1 million…

UK-Canada consortium to explore human proteins

A $95-million UK-Canada partnership billed as the largest international research project ever funded in Canada will spend the next three years determining the three-dimensional structure of more than 350 human proteins. The Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) is led by Dr Aled Edwards, a leading expert in proteomics and structural genomics research with the Bant-ing and…

CIHR running SARS competition

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has launched a competition for $500,000 to research the causes of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). CIHR’s Institute of Infection and Immunity issued the request for proposals. The deadline is April 25 and decisions will be announced May 15. FMI: www.cihr.gc.ca/iii.html….

New research chair named in honour of Dr Michael Smith

The EJLB Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are contributing $1.35 million to establish a new research chair in neurosciences and mental health in honour of the late Dr. Michael Smith. The chair will be funded through a $1-million endowment grant from the EJLB Foundation, a $300,000 establishment grant from CIHR and…

Granting councils seek ethics panel members

The three granting councils have issued a call for nominations to populate the Panel on Research Ethics. The10-member Panel is a key component of the new governance structure for the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. The two-year appointments (with an option for extension) to the Panel will involve at least two…

WestLink launches two-year internship program

WestLink Innovation Network has launched a $2.1-million program designed to train 20 business and technology professionals with expertise in the area of commercialization. The successful interns were selected from a field of 200 applicants to participate in the two-year internship, giving them exposure to university research technology management, commercialization in a small high-tech firm, and…