Ottawa (March 18, 2013) — The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) today honoured five outstanding Canadian individuals and teams. They are the latest recipients of the CIHR-CMAJ Top Canadian Achievements in Health Research Awards, which celebrate Canadian health research excellence.
The winners were selected by a peer-review panel of Canadian and international experts, who looked for the discoveries and innovations that had the biggest impact on the health of people in this country and around the world.
The winners are:
"As Canada's primary funder of health research, CIHR is very proud to partner with the CMAJ in recognizing the talent, leadership and dedication to excellence of these individuals, whose work has helped position this country at the forefront of medicine and health worldwide," said Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of CIHR. "I also applaud the emphasis they have placed on translating new knowledge into meaningful measures that make a real difference in people's lives."
"Canada has a strong tradition of high-quality health research that has impact around the world," said Dr. John Fletcher, Editor-in-Chief of CMAJ. "We are pleased to celebrate, in partnership with CIHR, these talented researchers whose outstanding achievements in medicine will help make a difference in the lives of people in Canada and beyond."
For more information on the winners, visit http://www.cmaj.ca/content/185/5/397.full.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada. http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca
CMAJ, Canada's major medical journal, showcases innovative research and ideas aimed at improving health for people in Canada and globally. It publishes original CMAJ clinical research, analyses and reviews, news, practice updates and thought-provoking editorials. CMAJ has an impact factor of 8.2 and its website receives over 2 million unique visitors a year.
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