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      Competition No.:         201710SDA
      Application Deadline:  October 3, 2017
      Anticipated Notice of Decision:   February 8, 2018
      Funding Start Date:     March 1, 2018 
CIHR and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) have partnered to create a dynamic cohort of complex, high system users. The Dynamic Cohort was developed using CIHI’s in-house datasets to facilitate cross-jurisdictional research. Cross-jurisdictional research can shed light on how variations in health care delivery affect health outcomes.
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide funding to support cross-jurisdictional research on high system users using the Dynamic Cohort to improve the evidence for policy making in Canada.
Check ResearchNet for further details.

October 22-24, 2017 
Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, Montreal Quebec
Engaging Children, Youth and Families: Are You Ready to Move Beyond Good Intentions? 

The Ontario Child Support Unit (OCHSU) and the CHEO Research Institute are hosting a Health Information Technology Program Half Day at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 1pm-4pm in CHEO Boardroom 1192.  Webcasting is available at SickKids, Toronto.

The Ontario Child Health SUPPORT Unit (OCHSU) presents...
Date:  Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 09:00 - 12:15
Venue:  Peter Gilgan Center for Research and Learning Auditorium, 3rd Floor
686 Bay Street, Toronto, ON 

The Ontario SPOR Support (OSSU) & The OSSU Pragmatic Trials Working Group present…

The Ontario Training Workshop in Pragmatic Randomized Trial Design


This one-day, immersive, and interactive course will provide participants with the basics of conducting pragmatic randomized trials. The course focuses on the proper implementation and use of the PRECIS-2 tool. The tool is used as a template on which design choices for a more pragmatic trial are based. The strength of this workshop is a focus on pragmatic trials in the context of comparative effectiveness, while building on internationally accepted concepts.

New book on the ethics of biomedical big data
OCHSU Methodologist Dr. Stuart Nicholls (/en/Staff%20Profiles), Dr. Sinéad Langan (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), and Dr. Eric Benchimol (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) have co-authored a chapter in the forthcoming book “The Ethics of Biomedical Big Data” (Springer). The book presents cutting edge research on the new ethical challenges posed by biomedical Big Data technologies and practices. In their chapter: “Reporting and transparency in big data: the nexus of ethics and methodology,” the authors argue that improving the transparency and quality of reporting in studies using routinely-collected health data is ethically important. The chapter includes the recently published RECORD (Reporting of studies Conducted using Observational Routinely-collected Data) reporting guideline (http://record-statement.org/). 
The book is available to purchase as both an eBook and in Hardcover:
About the authors:
Dr. Stuart Nicholls is a Clinical Investigator and Methodologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute. At CHEO Dr. Nicholls works to support and facilitate researchers using health administrative data, clinical data repositories and research datasets in pursuit of the objectives of the Ontario Child Health SPOR Support Unit.
Dr. Eric Benchimol is a pediatric gastroenterologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre (cheo-ibd.ca, @CHEOIBD), a scientist at the CHEO Research Institute, and a scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Benchimol conducts epidemiology, outcomes, and health services research using health administrative data.  He is co-chair of the RECORD steering committee and helped develop the guidelines for the REporting of studies Conducted using Observational Routinely collected Data (RECORD). Dr. Benchimol is supported by a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, and Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
YouthCan IMPACT Project 
The YouthCan IMPACT Project is supported by OCHSU and is collaborating with a broad range of partners to set up Integrated Collaborative Care Teams (ICCTs) for youth with mental health and addiction concerns right in their communities.  
See the clip of their launch:


Registration deadline: 2016-09-13
Application deadline: 2016-09-27
Anticipated notice of decision: 2017-03-15
Funding start date: 2017-03-01

CIHR and other funding agencies have invested in the establishment of Canadian cohorts and databases. These cohorts and databases house high quality health systems and patient data sets and/or bio-specimens. As such there exists a wealth of information that has the potential to answer research questions that go beyond those for which the data or samples were originally collected.

Analyses of existing datasets and bio-specimens are a cost-effective way to answer novel research questions and test innovative hypotheses with the potential for high-impact discoveries and timely translation to practice to improve patient experiences and outcomes.  

This data analysis funding opportunity is intended to support analyses of these existing Canadian data sets to advance knowledge in two areas:

1. Reproductive, child and maternal health related to IHDCYH's six research investment themes: Developmental Origins of Health and Disease through the Lifespan; Preterm Birth; Environmental Health; Healthy Pregnancy; Integrated Child and Youth Research and Health Services; and/or Mental Health.
2. Cancer research related to ICR's new Strategic Plan 2015-2020: Capturing innovation to prevent cancer and improve cancer control for Canadians and its new strategic priority areas.

Check ResearchNet for further details.

 April 24 & 25, 2017
Unlocking the Value of Data
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Neel Shah, MD, PhD
Obstetrician Gynecologist - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Faculty at Harvard University
An expert in designing, testing, and spreading system interventions that improve the safety, affordability, and experience of patient care.
Marriott Eaton Centre Toronto 

OCHSU Inventory of Child Health Datasets

June 24, 2016

Ontario is home to a diverse range of child health information, varying from administrative data to population surveys, from registries to longitudinal cohorts. The use of these data, be they routinely-collected health data or cross-sectional study data, for secondary analysis has been an area of increasing interest to funders, researchers, and knowledge users.

Yet information about how and where to access information is not well known. To date, there has been no central location for researchers interested in the secondary analysis of child health data to identify potential sources of information. A central resource that can signpost researchers to appropriate datasets will not only facilitate the use and reuse of these data but promises to help reduce redundancy: researchers (and funding agencies) can routinely assess what is available and what studies might be conducted with material already registered, enabling them to evaluate whether further data collection is necessary.

To facilitate both of these processes, we launch today the Ontario Child Health Support Unit (OCHSU) Inventory of Child Health Datasets, a publicly available searchable inventory of almost 100 datasets related to child health and health care.

As part of the evolution of the Inventory, we will be seeking feedback and conducting periodic updates to ensure that the information remains live, pertinent, and a growing resource for researchers interested in child health research.

June 7, 2016
Good news for patients, researchers, and health care decision makers

As part of its commitment to support clinical research and strengthening the environment for clinical trials in Canada, CIHR is launching a new initiative to support the conduct of innovative trials in Canada under Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR). The initiative will fund researchers to
develop and/or adopt innovative methods for carrying clinical trials as alternatives to traditional randomized controlled trials. Methods for conducting innovative clinical trials offer the possibility of obtaining reliable results at lower cost than can be achieved by standard randomized controlled trials. They represent an opportunity to lever one of Canada’s main health resources including data collected via a universally accessible health care system.
The first funding opportunities under this initiative will provide funding for:  
CIHR will work with its partners in the health research community to promote this new initiative. 
If you have any questions, please contact us at spor-srap@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.