Re­search grants ad­vance prov­ince’s pa­tient care pro­grams

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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