In her most recent Forward Thinking post, Dr. Bev Holmes unpacked what it means to be a responsible and responsive health research funder during a pandemic. With my first Forward Thinking post in my new role as Vice President, Research for MSFHR, I reflect on what success looks like for responsive and responsible research funding. Forward Thinking is MSFHR’s blog focusing on what it takes…
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Canada’s three federal research granting agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)—recognize the vital role that highly qualified talent plays in the research enterprise and the need to sustain the talent pipeline during the major disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.…
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Many diseases, including COVID-19, can attack men and women in different ways. Why this is depends on a complex mix of biology and behaviour that can be difficult to untangle. But we do know that these differences are more likely to be considered if medical research involves female scientists, which makes the current state of scientific endeavoUr on COVID-19, where women…
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Government of Canada Invests Almost $500 Million in Science and Engineering

As the Government of Canada focuses on responding to the challenges of COVID-19, it also recognizes the invaluable contributions of Canadian researchers in the natural sciences and engineering. That is why the Government continues to support the discovery research being done at Canadian universities to help build the foundation for innovation and economic growth. As part of this commitment to…
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Canada’s three federal research granting agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)—recognize the vital role that highly qualified talent plays in the research enterprise and the need to sustain the talent pipeline during the major disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.…
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Opinion: In times like these it’s essential to keep our teams of research scientists and engineers engaged and supported. We all hope for a COVID-19 vaccine that will save lives and allow for a full economic and social recovery. Even in this welcome scenario, the economic reactivation and return to community life will be challenging. Canada most likely needs to…
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From life-saving cancer treatments to clean technologies that protect our environment, thousands of research staff in Canada are driving discoveries and innovations that support our well-being and our economy. When we need them the most, many members of Canada’s academic research community have been forced to temporarily suspend their work due to COVID-19. To ensure they can keep their jobs,…
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The novel coronavirus was engineered in a lab using HIV. Stem cells are a potent weapon against the new pandemic. People with blood type A are more susceptible to COVID-19. None of these “discoveries” have been proven. But all have been widely disseminated. They’re examples of what many scientists are beginning to fear is an erosion of traditional safeguards against…
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Following an announcement in Ottawa by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Genome Canada launched today the Canadian COVID Genomics Network (CanCOGeN), a newly formed initiative backed by $40 million in federal funding. Led by Genome Canada, in partnership with the six regional Genome Centres, national and provincial public health labs, genome sequencing centres through CGEn, hospitals, universities and the private sector, CanCOGeN will…
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Most universities look like ghost towns at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the technicians, students and scientists who work with research animals are keeping busy. This complex part of the scientific enterprise cannot simply be powered down temporarily like any other piece of campus infrastructure. According to the most recent report from the Canadian Council on Animal Care, in…
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