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 January 7, 2000 Volume 7, Number 8


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New co-ordinator will promote health research

The U of S announced Nov. 24 a new University Co-ordinator of Health Research position will be created at the University to help boost health research in the province.

The move is a $750,000-plus joint initiative over five years between the U of S and the Health Services Utilization and Research Commission (HSURC), the provincial health research granting agency.

A search will begin immediately for a candidate to fill the position that will extend until at least March 31, 2005. It is expected to be filled early in the new year.

"I am delighted that HSURC is partnering with us to help build research success in a broad range of health-related areas and take full advantage of new federal health research opportunities," said Michael Corcoran, U of S Vice-Pres. (Research).

"In particular, I expect the new co-ordinator will aid faculty members in addressing the cross-cutting themes of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the new federal granting agency which will create ‘virtual institutes’ to investigate health issues ranging from molecules to society and culture."

HSURC Chair Liz Harrison said, "We are confident that the $500,000 we’re investing in this initiative over the next five years will have huge payoffs for health research and the health-care system in the province."

"It will help our researchers build productive collaborations, increase the amount of research being done here, and attract more national research dollars to Saskatchewan."

HSURC will provide $100,000 per year toward salary and associated operational support. The U of S, subject to budget finalization, intends to provide $50,000 per year toward salary and support, and other ‘in-kind’ support.

The co-ordinator, who will report to the Vice-Pres. (Research), will inform health researchers of funding opportunities, encourage applications, and promote collaborations among researchers from a broad range of health-related areas.

He or she will lobby the provincial and federal government to ensure adequate support for health research in Saskatchewan and play a lead role in Saskatchewan’s response to initiatives of the CIHR which will replace the Medical Research Council next April.

The co-ordinator will also work with the University of Regina to share information about health research funding opportunities and help foster collaboration on that campus and with U of S researchers.

The co-ordinator will work with an advisory committee of representatives from key health research stakeholder organizations in the province.

The position will be reviewed mid-term to determine whether there’s been a satisfactory increase in health research funding for searchers.

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