Update: CIHR in numbers (2017-2018)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the largest funder of health research in Canada, supporting over 13,000 world-class researchers from all pillars of health research and from all regions of Canada. Click here to review a series of graphs that breakdown CIHR’s investments by theme, funding type, and a selection of similar categories.

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RSO Research Funding Fair 2018

University of Alberta’s RSO Research Funding Fair 2018 is scheduled for November 22, 2018. The day will again feature a marketplace, presentations, graduate student poster presentations, and one-on-one sessions with funders from multiple sectors. Over 25 funders and services will come to this year’s fair. Attend one of 18 presentations or meet casually in the marketplace where there will be representatives from 24 organizations. More details about one-on-one sessions with funders soon. For now, click here for up-to-date details.

Research Services Office is partnering with the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Nursing and School of Public Health to bring the fair to the University community. All partners invite the Alberta post-secondary research community to meet funders to learn more about funding opportunities.

Date: November 22, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 1st and 2nd floors of ECHA, (Edmonton Clinic Health Academy), 11405 87 Ave NW

Funding Update: Information webinars for 2018 CDTRP Research Innovation Grant Competition

CDTRP invites you invites all interested researchers to an information webinar to learn more about its 2018 Research Innovation Grant Competition. The purpose of this competition is to seed new and innovative peer-reviewed pilot projects in the transplant and donation field that align with CDTRP’s One-Transplant-For-Life vision, which is to fulfill every donor opportunity and turn transplant into a cure.  The deadline for this competition is February 13, 2019.
     To learn more about this competition, please join CDTRP for one of two information webinars, or click here for more information. The dates and times of the information webinars:
December 5, 2018 (12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET, 4pm AT)
January 15, 2019 (11am PT, 12pm MT, 1pm CT, 2pm ET, 3pm AT)

Funding Opportunity: Abstract Travel Awards for Young Investigators

The American Transplant Congress will grant a number of Awards to assist young investigators for outstanding work to attend the joint meeting. This award is designed to recognize a young investigator and to help off set the expense to attend the meeting.

Criteria: To be eligible for an award, the following criteria must be met:

  • An individual must be the first author on a submitted abstract and must present the abstract during ATC 2019.
  • An individual must be a Trainee within (2) years completion of their training and/or fellowship in a program in which either an ASTS or AST member is associated.
  • A signed letter from the Trainee’s program director identifying and requesting travel support need uploaded at the time of abstract submission.

Selection: is based on the following:

  • Awardees will be selected from the pool of eligible applicants based upon the abstract’s degree of excellence as determined by the Joint Planning Committee;
  • Authors will not be considered for a travel award if the required letter is not attached;
  • No exceptions will be made should the criteria above not be met.

Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST

Click here for full details and application information.

Funding Opportunity: Systematic Review Grant Competition (AHS)

The Emergency Strategic Clinical Network (ESCN) Scientific Office was created to lead Alberta Health Services (AHS) in the promotion, adoption and diffusion of innovation as well as the creation and use of evidence to drive decision-making in emergency medicine. The SCN Scientific Offices pursue six pillars of activity:
1. Advancing Research Knowledge
2. Knowledge Translation
3. Research Facilitation
4. Engaging and Building Partnerships for Research and Innovation
5. Research Capacity Building and Training
6. Research Prioritization
The ESCN Scientific Office has identified several key activities that may support these pillars. One such activity includes the provision of research funding to support the completion of high-quality
systematic literature reviews which address issues in emergency medicine.
     Systematic reviews of primary research are considered to be the highest standard in evidence-based health care. The purpose of this funding call is to offer timely, relevant and scientifically rigorous evidence to emergency medicine decision-makers and knowledge-users in Alberta. In addition to achieving the goal of Building Research Capacity, this funding opportunity also serves to engage and collaborate with the network of academic researchers established by the ESCN Scientific Office. Further, this funding call supports the AHS Strategy for Clinical Health Research Innovation and Analytics which endorses partnerships with academic researchers at Alberta universities.
     This Systematic Review Grant competition will encourage the development of implementable and scalable ideas that will improve the quality of emergency medicine care delivery within the Health Quality Council of Alberta’s six domains of quality: appropriateness, accessibility, effectiveness, efficiency, safety, and acceptability. This competition will advance the ESCN Scientific Office’s long-term research goals, which are aligned with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ performance indicators: (1) advancing knowledge; (2) capacity building; (3) informing decision making; (4) health impacts; and (5) broad economic and social impacts.
Click here for full details and application.

Global News: Edmonton health matters, Lungs in a box (video)

The University of Alberta transplant team has drastically increased the number of lung transplants in recent years. It started with some amazing technology known as the “lungs in a box.” Click here to see Su-Ling Goh’s full story.

Funding Opportunity: CDTRP 2018 Research Innovation Competition

The primary objective of the CDTRP Research Innovation Grant competition is to support new peer-reviewed pilot research projects that align with CDTRP’s One-Transplant-for-Life vision, which is to fulfill every donor opportunity and turn transplant into a cure. These projects must be new stand-alone studies that align with one (1) of five (5) themes of the CDTRP and should be used to generate preliminary data to support further investigation. The five (5) CDTRP Themes are:

  1. Create a culture of donation
  2. Inform universal practices for donation
  3. Engineer and allocate a better graft
  4. Tailor an optimal immune system for each patient
  5. Restore long-term health

Grant recipients are expected to integrate their proposed study within the CDTRP research structure.

The total value of the competition is $510,000 and each grant is a total of $30,000 CDN each, enough to support 17 grants.

Of the $510,000, we will support grants in the following strategic areas:

  • six (6) grants of $30,000 CDN/each to support new research that addresses the One-Transplant-for-Life vision and aligns with one of the 5 Themes. These will be provided through the CDTRP Research Innovation Grant competition over an 18-month performance period with funding provided by Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc.;
  • two (2) grants of $30,000 CDN/each to support new research related to kidney donation and/or transplantation that addresses the One-Transplant-for-Life vision and aligns with one of the 5 Themes. These will be provided through the CDTRP KFOC Research Innovation Grant competition over an 18-month performance period with funding provided by the Kidney Foundation of Canada
  • one (1) grant of $30,000 CDN to support new research in lung transplantation that addresses the unique needs of the cystic fibrosis community, including: improving long-term health outcomes for cystic fibrosis transplant recipients;  transplant immunology and infection in cystic fibrosis; and addressing post-transplant health and social challenges for those living with cystic fibrosis (e.g. long-term exposure to high doses of anti-rejection medications, mental health, support with respect to social re-integration). This will be provided through the CDTRP CF Canada Research Innovation Grant competition over an 18-month performance period with funding provided by Cystic Fibrosis Canada;
  • two (2) grants of $30,000 CDN/each to support new research related to pediatric transplantation that addresses the One-Transplant-for-Life vision and aligns with one of the 5 Themes. One of these projects must be based in British Columbia and the other must be based in Edmonton, Alberta.  The Edmonton project must also be focused on pediatric heart transplantation.  While not required, we strongly encourage the community to submit one combined application that includes both a Vancouver and Edmonton component that will work together to address issues related to pediatric transplantation. These will be provided through the CDTRP Addison Fund Research Innovation Grant competition and the CDTRP Big Gifts for Little Lives Research Innovation Grant competition respectively over an 18-month performance period;
  • The Alberta Transplant Innovation Fund (ATIF) will provide four (4) additional grants of $30,000 CAD/each to the top ranked Alberta-based researchers through the CDTRP ATIF Research Innovation Grant competition over an 18-month performance period. The ATIF receives funding from the Alberta Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the University Hospital Foundation, and Astellas Pharma Canada;
  • The UHN-MOT will provide two (2) additional grants of $30,000 CDN/each to the top ranked unfunded UHN researchers through the CDTRP UHN Research Innovation Grant competition over an 18-month performance period.

Each grant will be awarded to the successful applicant(s) via the Primary Applicant’s institution.
Click here for full details and to download an application form.

Competition Launch: 15 October 2018
Application Deadline: 13 February 2019
Notification Date: 7 May 2019
Funding Start Date: 20 May 2019, or upon confirmation of REB approval

Canadian Personalized Healthcare Innovation Network (C-PHIN)

BioAlberta, in partnership with Roche Canada, is pleased to provide an opportunity for BioAlberta partners and members in Edmonton and Calgary to learn more about the Canadian Personalized Healthcare Innovation Network (C-PHIN). Roche Canada is a founding partner of C-PHIN.  The Network’s goal is to create a globally competitive, Canada-wide Integrated Data Network (IDN) that will make health data findable without attempting to host it in a central location. It will be a powerful search engine that will have access to data that already exists in our C-PHIN partners’ databases. The IDN will provide near real-time access to high quality, anonymized, and broad datasets that are organized, linked, and made accessible for clinical use, research, and health system management.

Speaking at the event will be:

  • Dvorah Richler, Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Policy, Personalized Healthcare, Hoffmann-LaRoche Limited
  • Michael Duong, Ph.D., Director, Personalized Healthcare and Evidence Generation, Hoffmann-LaRoche Limited

Date (Calgary): Monday, November 26
Time: Reception and Networking 4:30pm, program begins at 5:00pm
Venue: Alastair Ross Technology Centre (Atrium), 3553 31 Street NW

Date (Edmonton): Tuesday, November 27
Time:  7:30am Breakfast and Networking, Program begins at 8:00am
Venue: St. Michael Room, Chateau Louis Hotel and Conference Centre, 11727 Kingsway NW

NOTE:  There is no cost to attend this event but advance registration is required, as space is limited.  Registration or Tickets will not be available at the door, so contact BioAlberta (admin@bioalberta.com) to pre-register.

FoMD Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Symposium

This free event will bring together faculty, staff, and learners from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, as well as experts from across various disciplines. Click here for the full itinerary and to register.

Date: Thursday, December 6
Time: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Venue: Bernard Snell Hall, Upper Level Entrance
Walter C. Mackenzie Centre

New investment into transplantation research in Canada

Canadian politicians and health agencies have announced $3.3 million additional investment for transplantation research. The aim is to increase the availability of transplants and to raise standards to promote long-term post-operative survival.According to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, organ and tissue transplantation (transformative treatments) are vital for the health system of a high-income country, assisting in saving the lives of Canadians with organ failure, diabetes, or blood cancers. Click here to read the full article.

Tim Sandle, Digital Journal (3 Nov 2018)