Transformational Research in Adolescent Mental Health (TRAM)
- A Patient-Oriented Initiative
MONTREAL, Jan. 8, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Graham Boeckh Foundation and
the Canadian Institutes of Health Research are pleased to announce the
Partnership Lead and Selection Panel of the new mental health research
network, which has been named Transformational Research in Adolescent Mental Health (TRAM) - A
Mr. Jacques Hendlisz has been chosen to serve in the role of Partnership
Lead of the TRAM Initiative. Mr. Hendlisz was CEO of the Douglas
University Mental Health Institute for 17 years. He focused much of
his work at the Douglas on integrating care research and teaching into
all clinical programs. He was a leading advocate in the fight to
combat stigma through public education and Web-based programs. Mr.
Hendlisz was a board member of the FRSQ (Fonds de la recherche en santé
du Québec) and is presently Chairman of Research Canada, an alliance
for health discovery. He is also Chairman of the Committee consultatif
of "Prend soin de toi," a public/private partnership which distributes
research grants to mental health organizations in Quebec that aims to
improve care, transfer knowledge, and translate mental health practices
in frontline services.
"We are delighted that Jacques Hendlisz has agreed to be the Lead in our
partnership with CIHR," said Tony Boeckh, Chair of the Graham Boeckh
Foundation. "He brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and broad
understanding of the complex issues surrounding mental health. He is
well known and highly esteemed among all stakeholders in the field,
including policy makers, families and patients and the scientific
The Selection Panel will be tasked with choosing the successful network
among the applicant proposals. The Panel comprises a diverse group of
individuals who bring complementary perspectives and experiences to the
area of adolescent mental health. The Panel Chair is Dr. Dennis
Furlong, former New Brunswick Minister of Health. The members of the
Panel are: Pam Gillett, Howard Goldman, Austin Mardon, Patrick McGorry,
Nina Schooler, Paula Tyler, David Levine, and Kathryn Gill.
"The Canadian Institutes of Health Research are pleased to endorse this
outstanding Selection Panel," said Dr. Jane Aubin, CIHR's Vice
President of Research and Chief Scientific Officer. "This
international group includes patient representatives, mental health
policy experts, mental health care practitioners, and scientists with
experience in patient-oriented mental health research and knowledge
translation. Together, they bring expertise, passion, and leadership
to this important field of health research."
The TRAM Initiative will be the first of many such initiatives under the
Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR). Its goal is to improve
health outcomes, within five years, for young people with mental
illness. The network will transform Canada's health care system by
applying research evidence to improve the policies, therapies, and
practices used to care for young Canadians with mental illness.
Researchers, policy-makers, patients and service providers involved in
this field are encouraged to get involved. The application process
will begin in early 2013.
For information on the Partnership Lead and Selection Panel, visit:
For information on the TRAM Initiative, visit:
For information on SPOR, visit:
The Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF) is a private foundation created by J.
Anthony Boeckh and his family to fund initiatives in the area of mental
health and other related disciplines. GBF aims to improve mental
health care in Canada by strategically leading and funding projects in
basic research, research translation, and community outreach.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create
new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved
health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened
Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides
leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and
trainees across Canada.
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SOURCE: Transformational Research in Adolescent Mental Health (TRAM)
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Stacy Patenaude, JGA Strategic Communications, 514-750-0887
David Coulombe, Media Relations, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 613-941-4563