Research grants advance province’s patient care programs
Four research grants totalling $260,000 have been awarded through the Enhancing Health Care in Newfoundland and Labrador research fund.
The money will advance the care of patients in the province. The research fund was established as part of the recommendations put forth by the Commission of Inquiry on Hormone Receptor Testing.
Health and Community Services Minister Susan Sullivan said “Research-based evidence plays a critical role in making the right decisions to support quality social and economic programs and policies. We need research, recommendations and ideas to continue to evolve health care to make it more efficient and effective.”
The Enhancing Health Care in Newfoundland and Labrador grant fund is valued at $1 million over four consecutive years, and is sponsored by three sources – the Department of Health and Community Services, $400,000; Eastern Health, $400,000 and the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, $200,000.
Since the fund was established, $388,500 in grants has been awarded.
Eastern Health President and CEO Vickie Kaminski called “The investment in research is an appropriate means of taking the lessons from the Cameron Inquiry, and translating them into learning to help advance the health care services we provide.”
The 2013 research grants have been awarded for the following projects:
· The Use of Standardized Controls for Hormone Receptor Testing in Invasive Breast Cancer
· Implications for Cervical Cancer Screening in the HPV Vaccine Era
· Examination of a Novel Biomarker to Improve Screening for Colorectal Cancer
· Family Physicians’ Attitudes toward and adherence to Prevention and Screening Guidelines in Newfoundland and Labrador
Geoff Davis, Chair of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, said “This partnership is a shining example of how working together creates opportunities to fund innovative cancer care research by teams in Newfoundland and Labrador, and move forward in a positive direction.”
The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research administered the 2013 competition for research. To be eligible for funding, the principal applicant and any co-principal investigator of an application must be an employee or student of Memorial University, an employee of any of the province’s regional health authorities, or an employee of any other non-profit organization based in this province.