What's New

The NSHRF’s REAL Knowledge Program has sponsored three participants to attend the Knowledge Translation (KT) Canada Summer Institute. Held in Quebec City from June 9-11, 2014, the purpose of this SI is to provide participants with the opportunity to increase their understanding of knowledge translation research as well as opportunities and challenges in this field. The SI will provide participants with the chance to network with colleagues including national and international KT experts. The theme of the 2014 SI is “Knowledge Translation for 4 Ps (patients, providers, public and policymakers).

We caught up with the three successful participants to learn more about what they want to achieve at the KT Summer Institute. To read more, click here.  

We will be speaking to them again to learn more about their experience at the camp upon their return. Check back then!

The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s BrightRed Graduate Research Awards Program, offered exclusively in Nova Scotia, is a donor-funded investment, which provides scholarship opportunities for student investigators, in collaboration with training institutions, to strengthen the recruitment and retention of researchers in Nova Scotia that aligns with the Foundation’s strategic mission priorities.

The goal of the BrightRed Graduate Research Awards Program is to recognize excellent emerging cardiovascular and cerebrovascular researchers in Nova Scotia at differing stages of career development. It will provide financial support to students and trainees enrolled in research-based Masters, Doctoral, or Postdoctoral training programs at academic institutions in Nova Scotia. Application deadline is June 5, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. (AST).

For more details, click here


The NSHRF is pleased to announce that our CEO, Krista Connell, has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs by Atlantic Business Magazine. Established in 1999, the Top 50 CEO Awards recognizes the accomplishments of Atlantic Canada’s top business leaders and to inspire others to achieve similar success.

To learn more about the Top 50 CEO Awards, including a full list of winners, click here.

Congratulations Krista!

The Institute of Public Administration (IPAC) Halifax Regional Group is partnering with the European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) and the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria on a half day workshop comparing how Canada and the European Union (EU) coordinate health care across their political systems, drawing on research conducted through the European Union Centre of Excellence at Dalhousie and CIHR.

The Halifax workshop is the last of six being held across Canada this spring that brings together leading EU experts, researchers who have studied social policy in both Canada and the EU, and Canadian policy practitioners to have a practical conversation about ways to improve our often challenging intergovernmental relations system. Over the past 15 years Canada has been decentralizing social policy; in contrast the EU has been building an EU-wide social dimension that never previously existed. How did they do this, what impact has it had, and are there any governance ideas that might improve Canada's approach to managing our federation?

Date: May 16, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Dalhousie University Club
              6259 Alumni Crescent

For more information about the workshop series and how to register, click here.

The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES-NS), in collaboration with Nova Scotia Government Evaluators’ Network, is hosting a day-long symposium “Putting Evaluation Theory into Practice: Strengthening Evaluation Culture, Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities.”

The symposium will include panel presentations and discussions on evidence informed decision-making in Nova Scotia and organizations’ first-hand experiences building evaluation culture with Krista Connel, NSHRF CEO; Graham Steele, former Minister of Finance; and  Susanna Fuller of the Ivany Commission.

The CES-NS symposium will take place on May 29, 2014 at the World Trade & Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

For more information about the symposium and how to register, click here.

Have you heard the term “peer review” in meetings or while writing reports? Wondering what all the fuss is about?

As the provincial body responsible for funding health research, the NSHRF organizes an annual peer review process which awards the highest caliber research projects with funding.

This is a free opportunity that will give you first-hand experience witnessing how peer review committees make their deliberations. Anyone interested in learning about peer review and research funding is welcome to attend. Researchers, individuals who assist in the development of research applications and users of research may be especially interested.

The NSHRF’s Annual Peer Review Observer sessions will be held:

  • June 10-11, 2014 – Health Policy, Health Services and Health Outcomes Peer Review Committee
  • June 17-18, 2014 – Biomedical Peer Review Committee

For more information including how you can participate, click here

The NSHRF would like to congratulate Dr. Sara Kirk, the Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research at Dalhousie University’s School of Health and Human Performance, on the recent publication of her article “Blame, Shame, and Lack of Support: A Multi-level Study on Obesity Management." The research discussed in this publication is using live drama to highlight the issue of weight bias and stigma in obesity management in a thought-provoking way. Targeted at health professional students from a range of disciplines, the drama is incorporated in a 3-hour workshop that conveys the key findings of the NSHRF - funded study “Balancing the Scales: Promoting Healthy Weight Management without Blame or Shame.”

Dr. Kirk’s publication has already received national and international attention. It was the focus of a recent blog post by Dr. Arya Sharma, Scientific Director of the Canadian Obesity Network, and also received praise from the Obesity Action Coalition in the United States for bringing insight on the topic in a concise and compelling way.

To read Dr. Kirk’s publication, click here.

To read Dr. Arya Sharma’s blog post discussing the publication, click here

The NSHRF’s Research Enterprise Development Initiatives (REDI) Program will open on May 14, 2014. To learn more about the various funding opportunities the REDI Program offers, click here. For details on deadlines, how to apply and contact information, click here