/R E P E A T -- Working Meeting to discuss CIHR peer review processes/

OTTAWA, July 13, 2016 /CNW/ - On July 13, 2016, CIHR hosted a Working Meeting with members of the health research community to review and jointly address concerns raised regarding CIHR's peer review processes.

On behalf of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the members of Canada's health research community who took part today, we are pleased to announce the outcomes of the July 13 working meeting on CIHR peer review.

When Minister Philpott asked us to convene this meeting, it was our collective hope that an open and honest exchange of ideas would allow us to move forward together as a strong and united health research family.

We are pleased to say that we have achieved our goal. Together, we have arrived at a consensus on concrete solutions that CIHR will implement over the coming months to further strengthen our peer review process.

The group agreed to the immediate implementation of the following:

  • Face-to-face discussions will be restored and virtual discussions will no longer be needed;
  • Teams of Virtual Chairs and Scientific Officers will be organized to oversee a group of applications throughout the process;
  • A complementary iterative process will be implemented for indigenous focussed research;
  • A working group will be created to further refine the recommendations moving forward.

A more detailed description of the recommendations will be released tomorrow.

As CIHR moves forward with implementing these recommendations, it commits to keeping the research community apprised of its progress.

The discussion today has allowed us to make great strides toward building a peer review system that is a trusted, valued resource, as well as a source of pride for Canada's health research community.

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SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research

For further information: David Coulombe, Media Relations, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 613-941-4563, mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca


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