It's Payback Time: New International Study to Assess Impact of Heart and Stroke Research

    OTTAWA, Sept. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
(HSFC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) today announced
the launch of a groundbreaking new international study to assess the impact of
heart and stroke (cardiovascular) research.
    Project Retrosight will study the "payback" from cardiovascular research
in three countries, Canada, Australia, and Britain, taking research that was
carried out 10-20 years ago as a starting point. The project will help further
the understanding of how medical research leads to health system improvements
and ultimately better health for Canadians.
    "Our donors and taxpayers have every right to expect a return on their
investment when it comes to research funding," said Sally Brown, CEO of the
HSFC. "We know that the work of the excellent researchers we've funded has had
an enormous positive impact on the health of Canadians, and we look forward to
seeing those results in this study."
    "Knowledge translation, which is about turning knowledge into action, is
an important part of CIHR's mandate," said Dr. Ian Graham, CIHR's Vice
President, Knowledge Translation. "Project Retrosight will help us understand
how the knowledge generated by cardiovascular health research has affected
health, health policy and health care in Canada, Australia and Britain. The
assessment done through Project Retrosight will help to improve the evaluation
and analysis of all Canadian-funded health research."
    Project Retrosight is a three-year multinational study of nearly thirty
case studies of researchers or research groups working in basic biomedical
research and early clinical research. The project will investigate the impact
of this research in five broad categories including health policy, health and
health sector benefits and broader economic benefits to Canada. It will also
provide a detailed catalogue of the paybacks from the research.
    "The scale of the study will enable us to make a major contribution to
understanding how the results of research eventually translate into
treatments, clinical practice and health policy," said Ms Brown.
    Project Retrosight will be managed by RAND Europe, an independent
not-for-profit think tank and research organisation that serves the public
interest by providing evidence for policy making and public debate. The
Payback Framework being used in the project was originally designed by Martin
Buxton and Steve Hanney at the Health Economics Research Group (HERG) at
Brunel University in England to examine the benefits from health services
    The project is being supported by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of
Canada; the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; the UK Department of
Health; and the National Heart Foundation of Australia.

    The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads
in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the
advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living,
and advocacy. (
    September 30 is World Heart Day. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is a
member of the World Heart Federation, and is pleased to reinforce its
commitment to global heart health through the launch of this international

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to catalyze 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 11,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

For further information:

For further information: or interviews: Jane-Diane Fraser, Heart and
Stroke Foundation of Canada, (613) 569-4361, ext 273,; David
Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, (613) 941-4563,

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