Researchers honoured for contributions to health research and patient-oriented care
OTTAWA, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada will pay tribute to its top health researchers at the Canadian Health Research Awards this evening. The event is hosted by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at Rideau Hall, joined by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, and Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
"Our Government is committed to supporting the health and safety of Canadians through investments in quality research projects across the country," said Minister Ambrose. "I congratulate all the award winners for their remarkable accomplishments and contributions to health research in Canada. Their work is key to improving the health of Canadians by finding innovative solutions to health care challenges."
CIHR honours its remarkable researchers and their exceptional contributions to health research by awarding four Canadian Health Research Awards: Canada's Health Researcher of the Year, The Peter Lougheed/CIHR New Investigator Salary Award, CIHR Knowledge Translation Award and CIHR Partnership Award.
This year's award recipients have demonstrated exceptional creativity, a willingness to overcome challenges, and the ability to embrace new concepts, all in the pursuit of new knowledge. Collectively, the recipients, through their research and patient-oriented work have contributed to a healthier, more prosperous and innovative nation.
"Each of the award recipients has made tremendous contributions in health research," said Dr. Beaudet, President of CIHR. "We should all be proud of their accomplishments which reflect our country's strong performance in the health science and will have enduring impacts on the health and quality of life of Canadians."
The recipients of the 2013 Canadian Health Research Awards are as follows:
Canada's Health Researcher of the Year
Dr. Gordon H. Guyatt, from McMaster University, receives this prestigious award in recognition of his instrumental role in shifting the way doctors practice medicine, when he coined the term "evidence-based medicine" (EBM) in 1990. This award is presented to an outstanding Canadian researcher who has demonstrated a high degree of innovation, creativity, leadership and dedication in health research.
The Peter Lougheed/CIHR New Investigator Salary Award
Dr. Christian S. Hendershot from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) receives this prestigious award in recognition of his work in examining how genetic data could help treat and prevent addictions, particularly alcohol addictions. This award is presented to Canada's brightest young researchers at the beginning of their careers; it is CIHR's most important career development award.
CIHR Knowledge Translation Award
Cochrane Canada receives the CIHR Knowledge Translation Award in recognition of its efforts over the past 20 years to provide physicians and patients with the most up to date and credible source of information to guide their treatment choices. The Centre's Director Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw will accept the award. This award honours and supports teams or organizations that make an outstanding contribution to the health of Canadians or to the health system through exemplary knowledge translation.
CIHR Partnership Award
Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out and Seek help (WITS), a program designed by teachers and community police officers, receives this prestigious award in recognition of its efforts in making teachers, students, law enforcement and parents all active participants in the effort to reduce bullying. University of Victoria researcher Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater will accept the award. This award recognizes partnerships between organizations that exemplify excellence by bringing health research communities together to create innovative approaches to research, develop research agendas that are responsive to the health needs of Canadians and/or accelerate the translation of knowledge for the benefit of Canadians.
The ceremony will be live streamed online starting at 6:00 p.m. ET at http://itshappeningrightnow.com/cihr_irsc/
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 health care system for Canadians. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 12,600 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
SOURCE: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
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