Launch of the Interprovincial Directory of Researchers



    MONTREAL and VANCOUVER, June 6 /CNW Telbec/ - A new Canadian online
research resource was launched today, thanks to a joint effort between
research support agencies in Québec and British Columbia. The Interprovincial
Directory of Researchers (www.researchersdirectory.ca) has been created by
Québec's three research funding agencies - le Fonds de la recherche en santé
du Québec, le Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les
technologies, le Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture
- and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), British
Columbia's support agency for health research.
    The new Directory is a bilingual, multidisciplinary and
multi-institutional tool based on the Quebec model of the Researchers
Directory launched in 2001 by the three funding agencies and the Department of
Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade. It lists the profiles of
more than 7000 researchers in Quebec and British Columbia from all sectors:
health, engineering and natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, arts
and letters. A search engine helps to retrieve the researchers listed in the
directory by province, name, key words, research interest or by area of
expertise.
    "This directory illustrates the range and diversity of the research and
facilitates networking as well as the identification of experts in specific
research areas," states Dr. Alain Beaudet, President and CEO of the Fonds de
la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ). In addition to being a useful tool to
the research community to encourage communication and the dissemination of
knowledge, the Interprovincial Directory of Researchers will increase the
national visibility of researchers among decision makers and the public."
    This tool was developed through the impetus given by the National
Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations (NAPHRO), co-chaired by
Dr. Beaudet and Mrs. June Bold, CEO of the Saskatchewan Health Research
Foundation. Many provincial organizations have already expressed their
interest to be included in the directory.
    "This directory demonstrates how a national directory would serve the
needs of funding agencies and the research community across Canada,'' says
MSFHR President and CEO Aubrey Tingle. "It reflects our organizations' shared
belief in the power of networking and collaboration across provinces and
within a national framework."
    The information about researchers within the Interprovincial Directory of
Researchers comes from provincial directories that are managed by the
agencies. These provincial directories tap into the Canadian Common CV, a
standardized, national database widely used by Canadian health researchers to
electronically store and maintain the curriculum vitae (CV) information
required for their applications for research funding. Seventeen funding
agencies are members of the Canadian Common CV Network, a partnership of
Canadian research funding organizations working to streamline processes for
researchers to submit their CV.

    Web address for the Directory:
    http://www.researchersdirectory.ca

    About the Québec's Funding Agencies

    Reporting to the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export
Trade (MDEIE), the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ), the Fonds
québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT) et the
Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) have a
mandate to support the advancement of knowledge and training of researchers
with the goal of improving the well-being of the Quebec population. Their
mandate covers promotion and financial assistance for health research,
knowledge dissemination and research training, as well as the establishment of
partnerships for developing Québec's research and innovation network, and the
spread of Québec research around the world.

    www.frsq.gouv.qc.ca
    www.fqrnt.gouv.qc.ca
    www.fqrsc.gouv.qc.ca

    About MSFHR

    The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is the
provincial support agency for health research in British Columbia. Established
by the BC government in 2001, MSFHR is an independent, third-party
organization that works to develop BC as a leading force in health research,
supporting improvements to health, health care and economic opportunity. We
focus on:

    
    - Supporting people by attracting the best and creating an environment
      where they can excel
    - Working across academic, health and government systems to foster
      collaborations that enhance health research productivity,
      competitiveness, and impact
    - Building partnerships within BC and across Canada to leverage BC's
      health research potential and create better returns on research
      investment
    - Demonstrating fairness, accountability and transparency in all our
      activities.
    
    www.msfhr.org
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For further information:

For further information: Michelle Dubuc, M.Sc., Communications Manager,
Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec, (514) 873-2114, poste 235,
mdubuc@frsq.gouv.qc.ca; Alison Osborne, Director, Communications, Michael
Smith Foundation for Health Research, (604) 714-6600, aosborne@msfhr.org

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