Canada’s top health researchers were recognized at the 6th annual Canadian Health Research Awards – A Celebration of Excellence on Nov. 20 in Ottawa. These awards are among the Canadian research community’s highest honours.
The event was attended by Canada’s leading health researchers, health administrators and policymakers. “Canadian health researchers are generating the knowledge that makes a difference to Canadians in so many different areas,” said the Honourable Tony Clement, Canada’s Minister of Health. “They are helping to ensure a strong health care system in which needed treatments are provided on a timely basis and in which patient safety is key. They are developing better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases such as cancer and heart disease. And they are finding new ways to promote and maintain mental health.”
Dr. Ron Zernicke accepted the CIHR Partnership Award on behalf of Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute for the Alberta Hip and Knee Replacement Pilot Project. The CIHR Partnership Award award recognizes partnerships that bring health research communities together to create innovative approaches to important research challenges. Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute worked with the province’s physicians, the Alberta Orthopaedic Society, Regional Health Authorities, and Alberta Health and Wellness on a one-year randomized controlled study of the new approach. Dr. Zernicke was Executive Director of Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute during the pilot.
The Canadian Health Research Awards are hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in collaboration with the government of Canada, the Health Charities Coalition of Canada, Research Canada – an Alliance for Health Discovery, the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations, the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, Canada’s provincial health research organizations, and the event’s national media sponsor, The Globe and Mail. 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 system. Composed of 13 institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to over 11,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
Click here to read the partnership profile on the Hip and Knee Replacement Pilot Project