2011 CIHR-CMAJ Top Achievements in Health Research Awards
OTTAWA, Jan. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Today we congratulate the efforts of
exceptional researchers in Canada whose achievements changed the course
of health care delivery in their field of work. The Canadian Institutes
of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Medical Association Journal
(CMAJ) reveal the six recipients of the 2011 CIHR-CMAJ: Top Achievements in Health Research Awards. Each researcher who is honoured improved our understanding of health
and human diseases, helped tackle health challenges, and improved the
health care system.
For the third year, a peer-review panel of Canadian and international
experts selected exceptional individuals based on the considerable
health impact of their work to benefit Canadians and others worldwide.
Among the six outstanding achievements selected, two received special
mentions for their highest-ranking successes.
Dr. Daniel Drucker for his innovative work in improving the lives of
patients with type 2 diabetes (Toronto, Ontario) - Special mention
Dr. Gideon Koren and colleagues for revolutionizing the area of
medication safety in pregnancy (Toronto, Ontario) - Special mention
Dr. Marvin Fritzler for identifying novel autoantigens that resulted in
new diagnostic testing and biomarkers for autoimmune diseases (Calgary,
Dr. Terry Klassen and colleagues for improving health outcomes of
acutely ill and injured children visiting pediatric emergency
departments (across Canada)
Drs. Anthony Tang and George Wells for helping reduce cardiac mortality
rates with resynchronization therapy and implantable defibrillators in
heart failure (Ottawa, Ontario)
Dr. Michael Hill and colleagues for the Calgary Stroke Program (Calgary,
Alberta) that has changed the face of stroke care by thoroughly
integrating research and clinical care
Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of CIHR, congratulated the researchers.
"Today we celebrate the tireless work of outstanding individuals who
dedicate their careers to finding innovative solutions to pressing
health care problems. Along with their significant advancement of
knowledge, they ensured the results had a direct impact to benefit
patients. These researchers have humbly improved the lives of millions
of people worldwide."
"The calibre of recipients is remarkable and reflects the high quality
of research in Canada," said Dr. John Fletcher, new Editor-in-Chief of
CMAJ. "Their work, from improving management of type 2 diabetes to
revolutionizing medication safety for pregnant women to helping better
diagnose and understand autoimmune disorders and more, will have a
lasting impact in the practice of medicine and for many people around
"The recipients of this award have demonstrated a key purpose of health
research - translating research knowledge into practical health
outcomes," said Dr. Ian Graham, Vice President, Knowledge Translation
and Public Outreach at CIHR. "The achievements recognized today are a
testament to how health research and better healthcare delivery go hand
in hand." Essays from the two highest-ranking achievements are
available on the CMAJ website under "Special Reports".
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.
CMAJ showcases innovative research and ideas aimed at improving health for
people in Canada and globally. It publishes original clinical research,
analyses and reviews, news, practice updates and thought-provoking
editorials both online and in print. CMAJ has an impact factor of 9 and
its website receives over 30 million requests a year.
SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information:
David Coulombe, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 613-941-4563
Kim Barnhardt, Canadian Medical Association Journal, 613-520-7116 ext.2224