Health Research Foundation Announces $1-million in Academic Research Grants

OTTAWA, April 8, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, Mel Cappe, Chair of Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) Health Research Foundation (HRF) announced the inaugural recipients of the Foundation's Academic Interdisciplinary Health Research Program.

The HRF is pleased to offer these grants through the long-term and steady contributions and commitment to research of Rx&D members who generously contribute a million dollars annually to the HRF.

"For over 50 years, the HRF has supported life-changing and life-saving research from Canada's best and brightest scientific minds," said Cappe. "We're proud to continue that tradition this year by funding and bringing together teams and individuals from multiple health disciplines to solve challenging healthcare problems facing Canada."

In 2015, five teams have won the Interdisciplinary Health Research Team Grant, worth $820,000 total:

  • Dr. Lori B. Tucker, of University of British Columbia, and Dr. Jennifer Stinson, of SickKids Hospital; RACER (Readiness for Adult Care in Rheumatology) Questionnaire: Reliability and Validity Testing in Youth with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis;
  • Dr. Julie Richardson and Dr. David Chan of McMaster University; Integrating Rehabilitation Principles into Interdisciplinary Self-Management – A Health Strategy for Chronic Disease and Aging;
  • Dr. Heidi Cramm and Dr. Sarosh Khalid-Khan of Queen's University; Targeting the Mental Health of Canadian Children Growing up in Military Families;
  • Dr. Dave Blackburn and Dr. Sharyle Fowler of University of Saskatchewan; Development and Evaluation of an Experiential Training Program for Pharmacy Students and Community-Based Preceptors to Improve the Quality of Healthcare for Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Saskatchewan; and
  • Dr. Erin Davis and Dr. John Hawboldt of Memorial University; Increasing Quality of life and Reducing Pulmonary Exacerbations in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by Providing Pharmacist-Driven Improvement in Medication.

In addition, six researchers have won the Graduate/Post Graduate Interdisciplinary Health Research Award, worth $180,000 total:

About the Health Research Foundation

Founded in 1964, Canada's Health Research Foundation (HRF) is a non-profit organization that invests in health research in Canadian academic centres, and promotes the benefits and values of research-driven health innovation in Canada. A proud fifty year history continues today. HRF investments to date—in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research—have resulted directly in over $29 million in funding to more than 1,700 researchers across Canada.

About Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies

Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies is the national association representing the voice of Canada's innovative pharmaceutical industry. We serve our membership by advocating for policies that enable the discovery, development and delivery of innovative medicines and vaccines to improve the lives of all Canadians. We support our memberships' commitment to being a valued partner in the Canadian healthcare system. We represent more than 50 companies investing over $1-billion in R&D annually, fuelling Canada's knowledge-based economy, while contributing over $3-billion overall to Canada's economy. Guided by our Code of Ethical Practices, we work with governments, private payers, healthcare professionals and stakeholders in a highly ethical manner.


SOURCE Health Research Foundation

For further information: Sarah Douglas, Media Relations, Rx&D, Telephone: 613-883-7250, E-mail:

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