Centre leads the way in engaging patients in research and using new
media technologies to improve arthritis care
OTTAWA, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Dr. Phillip Gardiner, Interim Scientific
Director of the CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis
(IMHA), announced today that the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada
has won the 2012 CIHR-IMHA Knowledge Translation Prize for its efforts
to improve the lives of Canadians living with arthritis through high
impact collaborative research and innovative methods to educate
patients and health professionals.
"At IMHA, we are dedicated to working with our community to support
research and knowledge translation activities that have a positive
impact on the health of Canadians," said Dr. Gardiner. "We are pleased
to recognize the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada for its
long-standing commitment to knowledge translation and for the
leadership and innovation it has shown in its efforts to improve the
lives of people with arthritis."
The CIHR-IMHA KT Prize honours an exceptional individual, team or
organization that has made an outstanding contribution in the sharing
of research findings to improve health or health care in the field of
musculoskeletal health and arthritis.
Since it was established in 2000, the Arthritis Research Centre of
Canada and its team of scientists and support staff have worked with
patients, health professionals and health service organizations to
produce high quality research and to actively share the findings
through a range of channels, including a consumer advisory board,
face-to-face meetings, public presentations, educational videos and
web-based resources. The Centre has pioneered the use of social media
and new digital technologies, such as smartphone applications, to share
information with patients and health professionals.
"We are very excited to be awarded the 2012 CIHR-IMHA KT Prize," said
Shauneen Kellner, Executive Director of the Arthritis Research Centre
of Canada (ARC). "Everyone at ARC believes in the importance of
knowledge translation and we work incredibly hard to ensure that it is
a key element in all of our research. Along with our commitment to
finding answers for people with arthritis we are committed to sharing
these findings with the people who will benefit from them most, namely
practitioners and people living with this disease. This award
recognizes the hard work and innovation of our team and I am honoured
to accept it."
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.
SOURCE: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information:
David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, 613-941-4563
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