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The Advisory Panel on Federal Support for Fundamental Science
The Advisory Panel on Federal Support for Fundamental Science was struck in June 2016 to review existing federal supports for peer-reviewed science and inquiry occurring outside of government departments and agencies. Over the past year, the Panel conducted the most extensive review of fundamental science that we have seen in over four decades, receiving 1,275 written submissions and conducting five round-tables with over 230 researchers. Based on these consultations, as well as its own research, the Panel released a report on April 10, 2017 that contains 35 recommendations for the federal government to strengthen the foundations of Canadian research.

Research Canada was pleased to see that so many of our organization’s recommendations in its submission to Canada’s Fundamental Science Review, Securing Canadian Leadership in Research and Innovation, were addressed in the Panel’s Report.

The report presents a comprehensive agenda critical to reinvigorating Canada’s research ecosystem and forcefully advances recommendations aimed at providing urgent financial relief to Canada’s four major granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC and CFI). But now that the Report has been tabled, the political decisions on fundamental science, long past urgent, are what are required.

Between 2006 and 2014, funding declined by nearly 35 percent for researchers hoping to pursue independent, investigator-led research projects. A large gap has opened up between early career and established researchers. A lifecycle approach to research funding, ensuring that researchers at different stages of their careers are able to access funding, is a central recommendation in the Panel’s Report and one definitely worth advocating for!

The Report has much to recommend it and Research Canada looks forward to reviewing the Report in greater detail by establishing a Working Group that will develop an in-depth response and use it as the basis upon which to work with the Government of Canada to strengthen Canada’s research and science foundation.

Call For Nominations 2017 Leadership in Advocacy Award
Research Canada’s Leadership in Advocacy Award honours outstanding advocates for medical, health and scientific research. The Leadership in Advocacy Award is presented to individuals and/or organizations who/which have made outstanding efforts in advocating for Canadian health research at the local, provincial and/or national level. The deadline for submission is June 8, 2017.
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Parliamentary Health Research Caucus Events
Neuroscience Research in Canada

Research Canada, in conjunction with its Member, the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, hosted a luncheon on February 13, 2017 on Parliament Hill for a select group of Parliamentarians that highlighted recent developments which shed new light on the richness of neuroscience research and showed great examples of how investments in basic research can and do lead to improved treatment strategies for Canadians.

Thank you to Dr. Beverly Orser from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto and Dr. Charles Bourque from the McGill University Research Institute and McGill University.

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Thank you to our Sponsors


Canadian Association for Neuroscience
Sanofi Genzyme
Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Innovative Medicines Canada
AbbVie Canada
Centre de recherche institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec
Parkinson Canada
McGill University Health Research Centre
Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC)
GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)
Research and Innovation at McGill University
Shift Health
Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal (IRCM)
Indigenous Health Research in Canada

Narrowing the gap in the health and wellbeing of Canada’s First Peoples is the goal of Canadian Indigenous health researchers, community partners and research users across the country. Health Researchers dedicated to tackling Indigenous health research issues are also helping us to better understand the higher risk Indigenous Canadians have of developing diabetes and its related complications as well as the increased risk of tuberculosis in Indigenous communities. Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS and cancer are other key areas that these researchers are exploring. The Parliamentary Health Research Caucus on Indigenous Health Research in Canada will be held on Monday, June 5, 2017 on Parliament Hill and will feature groundbreaking health research being conducted by Métis, Inuit, First Nations and non-Indigenous health researchers in Research Canada Member organizations working in partnership with Indigenous communities in Canada. It will stimulate Indigenous health research, create new knowledge, and support research partnerships and the involvement of Indigenous communities.

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Thank you to our Sponsors

Innovative Medicines Canada
Health Sciences North Research Institute
Roche Diagnostics Canada
Simon Fraser University
Dalhousie University
Concordia University
McMaster University
Michener University of Education at UHN
University Health Network (UHN)
Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Thunderbird Partnership Foundation
Canadian Association for Long Term Care (CALTC)
Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN)
Canadian Association for Nursing Research (CANR)
Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)
Canadian Nurses Foundation (CNF)
Chronic Pain Network (CPN)
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Genome Canada
Hill + Knowlton Strategies
Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre (IPHRC)
IWK Health Centre
Lakehead University
Lord Elgin Hotel
Novo Nordisk Canada
Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI)
The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR)
Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute (TBRHRI)
The University of Ottawa


Biotechology Research in Canada

Research Canada will co-host a Parliamentary Health Research Caucus Reception with its Member, BIOTECanada, on Biotechnology Research in Canada on Monday, October 16, 2017. Research Canada has reached out to its Member institutions to solicit possible themes, research projects and the names of researchers who would like to present at this important event in the fall. If you have not already done so, please contact Ms. Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety directly at with your suggestions.

Celebrating Our Gairdners

Research Canada, in partnership with the Gairdner Foundation, will host a private luncheon in the Parliamentary Restaurant on October 24, 2017 with the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus Chair, Past Chair and NDP Representative, select Parliamentarians and the 2017 Gairdner Awardees in celebration of their outstanding research.

Stem Cell Research in Canada

Research Canada in partnership with its Member, the Stem Cell Network, will host a parliamentary luncheon on Stem Cell Research in Canada on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. We will keep you posted on the program.

Research Canada’s AGM June 6, 2017

Leadership in health research and health research advocacy go hand in hand. Research gives Canadians our health and advocacy engenders public recognition and support of research, inspiring future generations of researchers and building a knowledge base that promises future cures. Canada’s 150th birthday is a fitting time to celebrate the leadership of two outstanding researchers, Dr. Julio Montaner and Dr. Grant N. Pierce, who have made significant discoveries in health research and who have inspired so many through their research advocacy. For more information »

Thank you to our Sponsors
Innovative Medicines Canada
Diabetes Canada
March of Dimes
GE Healthcare Canada
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Sanofi Genzyme
CHEO Research Institute
Douglas Mental Health University Institute
Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal, IRCM
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
University of Saskatchewan
The Michener Institute of Education at UHN
York University
Lord Elgin Hotel
New Members
Research Canada would like to welcome two new Members to our Alliance: The Bruyère Research Institute and AbbVie Canada. Both organizations are dedicated to improving people’s lives through health research and innovation that is making a difference!

For more information about The Bruyère Research Institute, please visit:

For more information about AbbVie Canada, please visit:

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