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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?

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

The National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations (NAPHRO) was created in 2003 to promote increased dialogue, linkages and partnership activities. NAPHRO’s primary role is to facilitate coordination, communication, strategic alignment and convergence, and quality leadership through inter-provincial and national efforts. To learn more about NAPHRO, click here

Due to Wednesday’s weather conditions, the panel discussion “Commercialized Science: Stories from the Field” has been rescheduled to the following:

When: March 28, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Location:   Dalhousie University
                 Charles Tupper Medical Building
                 Theatre B
                 5850 College Street
                 Halifax, NS


David Healy, Psychiatrist, Psychopharmacologist, Scientist, Author. 

Matthew Herder, JSM, Assistant Professor, Medicine and Law, Dalhousie University.
Karen Bedard, PhD, Department of Pathology, Dalhousie University.
Kelly Holloway, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University.

Panelists will tell historical and contemporary stories about commercialization to explore its meanings, experiences and uses.

For more information, please contact Matthew Herder (Matthew.Herder@dal.ca).

The NSHRF was recently featured in International Innovation, an international publication from Research Media Ltd. A leading global dissemination for the wider scientific, technology and research communities, this article allows the NSHRF to promote our programs, the researchers we support, and the provincial health research enterprise on a global stage. 

To read the article, please click here and turn to page 11.  

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)’s Café Scientifique Program presents “Withdrawing Life Sustaining Care.”

Date:March 24, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Durty Nelly’s, corner of Argyle and Sackville Streets, Halifax

For more information, click here

Northwood’s 4th Annual Research Symposium, “Research in Ageing: Continuing Care and Beyond” will be held June 13, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Harbourview, Dartmouth Nova Scotia. For more information including how to register, click here

The Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR)’s annual conference is Canada’s largest gathering of health care policy makers, managers, researchers, students and stakeholders. Held at a different location every year, it is attended by 600+ delegates annually. Don’t miss out on the chance to feature your work.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Convergence of Health Policy and Evidence – Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

The conference will take place from May 12-15, 2014 at the Hilton Toronto. For further registration details, click here