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OneStart 2015, presented by Oxbridge Biotech, is the world’s largest life sciences and health care business plan accelerator program - welcoming ideas from across the spectrum: therapeutics, diagnostics, software, devices, research tools and more. OneStart welcomes ideas and businesses at all stages of development, from the very early to more mature. This program provides extensive mentoring and support to 70 teams each year (not just the winner). As a result, each year multiple entrants secure follow-on funding.

Interested Nova Scotia researchers are eligible for the OneStart 2015 Americas competition, which is currently accepting submissions until December 1, 2014. The grand prize for the OneStart 2015 Americas competition is $150,000 (US).

To learn more about OneStart, click here. For information regarding eligibility and application requirements, click here.

Keep informed! Follow Oxbridge Biotech on Twitter at @OxbridgeBiotech and join the conversation using #OneStart

On October 23, 2014, the Government of Nova Scotia e-mail will change to the following format:

firstname.lastname@novascotia.ca (mailto:firstname.lastname@novascotia.ca

This change applies to employees of the NSHRF, therefore clients of the NSHRF will see messages from their new addresses. These addresses will be easier to remember and align with the province’s brand—novascotia.ca. This change will happen automatically. Current addresses won’t be retired so they will continue to work and messages sent to current addresses will be routed to new ones. NSHRF employees and their clients should not experience any interruption due to this change.   

Evidence informed decision-making is a key component of all aspects of the public domain; however, a practical method for generating evidence to inform decisions is not always readily available. The NSHRF presents a four-stage approach to generating evidence, which involves: establishing a work plan and gathering background information; collecting data; synthesizing and summarizing data; and evaluation of the process and its implementation.

The approach, which follows traditional social science research methods, has been used by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation to inform a variety of initiatives and decisions in Nova Scotia. It has proven to be practical and reliable in public sector decision-making. To read more about this approach, click here

The NSHRF is pleased to announce that our 2013-14 Annual Report: Informing Nova Scotians is now available. In this report, we illustrate how the NSHRF and the health researchers we support are addressing areas that will improve the health of Nova Scotians. We do this by working with our stakeholders, including provincial government, health authorities and health researchers on a number of initiatives and funding opportunities. To learn more, click here

The Knowing About Research (KARes) Scholar Award is a one-time only award offered by the NSHRF in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Foundation. The KARes Scholar Award is being offered to a grade 12 student in each of the nine school boards (as listed by the Nova Scotia Department of Education) who will be attending a university or community college in Nova Scotia in 2015-16. To learn more about the KARes Scholar Award, click here

The NSHRF and the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI) Board of Directors are very pleased to announce that Krista Connell, NSHRF CEO, has been appointed as Chair of the CASRAI-CA National Executive Council. 

 
“I am excited to take on this challenge.” said Krista. “Being able to understand, articulate and measure the impact of research is crucial to ensure ongoing public engagement, faith and support in research and is something that we hold in high regard at the NSHRF. Data is key and standardization critical. I am honored to be assisting in CASRAI’s mandate through this role.”
 
Janet Halliwell, Chair of the CASRAI Board of Directors, remarked: “I am delighted to welcome Krista Connell as Chair of the National Executive Council. We will benefit enormously from Krista’s understanding of the administrative challenges facing researchers and research funders, and even more her commitment to collective action to improve the research landscape.”
 
To learn more, click here

The Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) is please to host the Annual Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology Workshop this year. This is a two day interdisciplinary workshop that will provide introductory skills in clinical epidemiology methods.

Dates: November 7 & 21, 2014
Location: Centre for Clinical Research (Victoria General Hospital Site), Room 114
Cost: $200.00
Application Deadline: October 3, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, including how to register, click here

Are you a Pillar III (Health Services and Policy) or IV (Population and Public Health) Researcher who has applied or is thinking about applying to one of the CIHR live pilots? We can help! Visit the NSHRF website to learn more about the REP and sign up to participate in activities.

Still have questions? On October 1, 2014 the NSHRF will be hosting an introductory teleconference about the Research Enhancement Project (REP). This will be an opportunity to hear about planned activities, how you can get involved and answer any questions you may have. To participate please send your contact information to leslie.power@gov.ns.ca