Health research in action: More stories

Health research is making a real difference in the lives of Canadians. To learn more about how CIHR-supported research is generating innovative ideas and improving health, read our Health research in action stories.

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Sharing knowledge will help Indigenous dementia patients face their disease
Team 20, from the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, is examining how use of the Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment tool could further mutual learning between Western academics and First Nations people
2018-01-09 article Dementia; Dr. Kristen Jacklin; Dr. Carrie Bourassa; mental health of Indigenous peoples; Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging; Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment tool
Why do more women develop Alzheimer’s disease than men?
Dr. Gillian Einstein is addressing the increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease among women. Hopefully, her work will lead to innovative treatments
2018-01-09 article Alzheimer’s disease; Dr. Gillian Einstein; estrogen; brain research; Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Chair in Women’s Brain Health and Aging; definition of sex and gender
The Power of Health Research
Canadian researchers working together to eliminate hepatitis C
2017-07-28 article Injection Drug Use; IDU; people who inject drugs; PWID; Comorbidity; Hepatitis C; Hep C; HCV; Sexually Transmitted Blood-Borne Infection; STBBI; Prevention; direct-acting agents; DAAs; hepatocellular carcinoma
Sharing Dance: Ending seniors social isolation one joyful step at a time
Art and science converge as the Trent Centre for Aging & Society connects people to create age-friendly communities
2017-06-06 article Seniors, dementia, Alzheimer Society of Canada, cognitive decline, isolation, rural communities, Trent Centre for Aging and Society, Peterborough, Brandon University, Trent University, volunteer organizations, Sharing Dance, Canada’s National Ballet School, University of Manitoba School on Aging, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Healthy eating counts!
New app helps families eat more fruits and veggies
2017-05-18 article Nutrition, diet, healthy eating, fruits, vegetables, Dr. Sara Kirk, Dalhousie University, families
Food access is everyone’s business
Do you live in a food swamp or a food desert? You and your community can change that!
2017-04-25 article Policy and planning, healthy cities and communities, food swamp, food desert, food environment, food access, health promotion
Me too: Theoren Fleury Talks Mental Health
Former NHL superstar Theoren Fleury speaks with CIHR about mental health, trauma, and the importance of mental health research for all Canadians.
2017-03-27 video Mental Health, trauma, stigma, Theoren Fleury
Bullying: We all have a role to play in stopping it!
CIHR is supporting research into the health impacts of bullying
2017-03-09 article Bullying, cyberbullying, social media, anxiety, depression, stress, mental health, violence, violence prevention
In-bed cycling holds promise for critically ill patients’ recovery
Can ICU patients avoid the muscle loss that limits mobility for years? Recent study of promising technology produces encouraging results.
2017-02-16 article ICU, physical therapy, TryCYCLE pilot study, in-bed cycling, critical care, CYCLE research program, muscle strength, atrophy, mechanical ventilation, ergometry, cycling, exercise
Where compassion and sensibility collide, you’ll find Dr. Janet McElhaney
Advancing the science of aging well, the CIHR Institute Advisory Board (IAB) on Indigenous Peoples’ Health welcomes Dr. Janet McElhaney
2017-02-09 article Indigenous, aging, vaccination, 48/5 strategy, elderly, chronic conditions, alternate level of care, catastrophic disability
Improving outcomes: Social enterprise models are improving health care delivery in South Sudan
Reducing South Sudan’s high maternal and child mortality rates by raising the profile of community health workers
2017-02-03 article University of Cape Breton, South Sudan, social enterprise, maternal mortality rate, child mortality rate, BRAC, barefoot doctors
Nature, nurture and our health
CIHR-funded research is exploring the interaction between genetics, environments and chronic diseases
2017-01-19 audio Dr. Philip Sherman, chronic disease, genetics, asthma, diabetes, obesity, INMD
Helping LGBTQ2 youth through research
CIHR-funded researchers are using their research to help improve the lives of LGBTQ2 youth across Canada
2017-01-05 audio LGBTQ2, sexual minority, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, violence, discrimination
The stethoscope turns 200
2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the invention of the stethoscope – and the next great diagnostic tool may be just around the corner
2016-12-14 article stethoscope, diagnostic tool, invention
Hitting the reset button: Canadians with memory conditions invited to participate in ground breaking research
In the largest study of its kind, COMPASS-ND, Canadians are joining forces with researchers to explore new ways to treat dementia
2016-11-17 article Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, CCNA, COMPASS-ND, neurodegenerative disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Lewy body disease, Parkinson’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, subjective cognitive decline, Dementia Strategy
Researchers fight cancer by activating dormant genes
Sleeping Beauty is a reactivated gene being used to stop the same bone cancer that Terry Fox battled
2016-10-13 article Cancer, Terry Fox, Marathon of Hope, osteosarcomia, Sleeping Beauty Transponsase
Decoding the brain-body communication system
How the liver communicates with the brain in chronic disease
2016-09-15 article Chronic inflammation, liver disease, brain dysfunction, microglia, blood brain barrier, central nervous system, hepatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, immune system, inflammation
The health benefits of sport and exercise are for everyone
Research is exploring how sport and exercise allow people with physical disabilities to live longer, healthier and more independent lives
2016-09-13 article physical disability, physical activity, Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis, psychosocial health, mobility, Paralympics, Patrice Dagenais
ACCESS Open Minds
Responding quickly to prevent five-alarm mental health “fires”
2016-09-09 article ACCESS Open Minds, Mental Health, Suicide, SPOR
Gestational diabetes: An invisible maternal and infant health issue
Glucose intolerance in pregnancy and diabetes are linked, both in the mothers and their children
2016-09-07 article gestational diabetes mellitus, GDM, glucose levels, blood sugar levels, insulin, type 2 diabetes
IMAGINE a future without digestive disease
The revolutionary SPOR IMAGINE Network could herald the end of digestive conditions like IBD and IBS
2016-08-31 article IBD, IBS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, microbiomes, SPOR IMAGINE Network, SPOR, Dr. Paul Moayyedi, Megan Henry, McMaster University
Tackling type 1 diabetes
A recent discovery could change the course of type 1 diabetes prevention and treatment
2016-08-25 article type 1 diabetes, insulin, Dr. Fraser Scott, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Ottawa
Are e-cigarettes safe?
Research aims to snuff out the debate on whether e-cigarettes can be recommended as smoking cessation aids
2016-08-09 article smoking cessation, e-cigarettes, cardiovascular health, Dr. Mark Eisenberg, behavior modification, harm reduction
These streets are made for walking
Highest neighbourhood walkability scores associated with lowest incidences of diabetes and obesity
2016-08-02 audio Neighbourhood walkability, diabetes, obesity, overweight, pedestrian infrastructure, wellness
Finding relief
Combination therapy eases chronic pain
2016-07-29 article chronic pain, fibromyalgia
Benefits of a bilingual brain
The bilingual advantage: A lifetime of cognitive benefits revealed
2016-07-06 article neuro-imaging, bilingual or multilingual brain, neural plasticity, cognitive decline, age-related neuro-degenerative disease
Dr. Nadine Caron – Aboriginal mentor and capacity builder
Balancing Western medicine with respect for Indigenous knowledge and inspiring our next generation of Aboriginal leaders
2016-06-21 article Indigenous, Aboriginal, leader, health, population and public health, University of British Columbia, Northern Medical Program, Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, Two-Eyed Seeing
Grand Challenges Canada scores with ChARM!
ChARM offensive: Philips and Grand Challenges Canada partner to reduce pneumonia deaths
2016-06-09 article Grand Challenges Canada, Philips, pneumonia, WHO, child mortality, Women Deliver Global Conference
Purrfect health
Owning a pet can benefit your health and well-being
2016-06-02 article cat, pet assisted therapy, hug your cat day, mental health
Sweet deal: Maple syrup nurtures young scientists
Young scientists demonstrate how maple syrup may slow neurodegenerative diseases
2016-05-25 article Neurodegenerative diseases, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, maple syrup, C. elegans
It's possible to live well with lupus: One day at a time
From patient to research assistant: A lupus patient shares her story
2016-05-10 article Lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Arthritis Research Canada, Arthritis Patient Advisory Board
Family matters
Helping parents and youth understand mental health
2016-05-05 article mental health, mental illness, youth health
Boost your mental health
Research sheds light on everyday activities to improve mental health and mental wellness
2016-05-03 article Mental health, nutrition, meditation, sleep, physical activity
CIHR Investment in Autism Spectrum Disorder Pays Huge Dividends
A very special, high-stakes study
2016-04-29 article ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, early detection
Stay clear of influenza
The best way to prevent flu remains immunization
2016-04-28 video Immunization, vaccine, flu, influenza
What encourages people to start exercising?
New research on health messaging could help make sure that more Canadians get active
2016-04-14 article exercise, physical activity, health promotion, health messaging
Out of the classroom and into the lab
Young students get first-hand experience in gene research
2016-04-12 article genetics, DNA, cancer, diabetes
Could asthma start with your gut?
How our gut bugs can influence our health
2016-04-08 article asthma, microbiome, antibiotics, gut bugs, immune system
It's no joke!
Laughter boosts health and builds relationships
2016-04-01 article Laughter, laughter benefits, humor, April Fool's Day
Dr. Gonzalo Alvarez finds a better way to stop spread of tuberculosis
On World TB Day, countering a disease that takes 1.5 million lives each year
2016-03-24 article Tuberculosis, TB, Gonzalo Alvarez, Nunavut, Iqaluit, GeneXpert, World Tuberculosis Day
Big hit: CHEO researcher develops post-concussion tool for kids
Seeing stars? New tool developed at CHEO decodes the constellation of symptoms signalling brain injury and accurately gauges recovery time
2016-03-22 article CHEO, concussion, post-concussion symptoms, brain injury
Chemotherapy 2.0: Targeted anti-cancer treatments
The next generation of anti-cancer treatments is getting personal
2016-03-17 article Synthetic lethality, cancer research, chemotherapy, anti-cancer treatment, renal cancer, kidney cancer, von Hippel-Lindau, autophagy, University of Moncton, Atlantic Cancer Research Institute
Pump it up! Resistance training is key to combatting osteoporosis
Saskatchewan researchers excited about the bone-building power combo of resistance training and creatine
2016-03-10 article Osteoporosis, resistance training, creatine monohydrate, bone density, seniors, post-menopausal women
Empowering patients, enabling better care
CIHR supports the development of eHealth solutions to address gaps in care
2016-03-03 audio health care, eHealth, health technology, commercialization, partnership
The future of cystic fibrosis treatment
Paving the way for the next generation of revolutionary cystic fibrosis drugs
2016-02-25 article cystic fibrosis, genetics, rare disease, treatment
Preventing little bullies from growing up into big bullies
From the schoolyard to the workplace to cyberspace: Bullying is more prevalent than ever
2016-02-24 article Pink T-Shirt Day, February 24, 2016, bullying, intimidation, bullies, victims
Prescription Drugs Misuse
Are prescription drugs as safe as we think?
2016-02-15 audio prescription, drug, misuse, addiction
SPOR: Bringing real change to health care
The Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research at work: Helping patients access the right treatment at the right time
2016-02-11 audio Fibromyalgia, SPOR, health research, patients’ rights
High-tech underwear brings big relief, big savings
Innovative new medical device prevents pressure ulcers
2016-01-28 article pressure ulcers, pressure sores, bedsores, Smart-e-Pants, medical devices, innovation, invention, health care
A supportive environment can improve refugees’ mental health
Adapting to life in Canada: Feeling of isolation can erode refugees’ natural resilience
2016-01-19 audio refugee, Syrian, mental health, PTSD, anxiety, depression, discrimination, resilience
Analyzing Canada's obesity landscape
Painting a more accurate picture of national obesity rates to fuel effective health interventions
2016-01-18 audio Obesity, child and youth health, body mass index, evidence-based, epidemiology
Gut Instinct
Studying the link between gut bacteria and infant health
2016-01-12 article microbiome, gut microbiota, infant health
Aging well from a First Nations perspective
Working with First Nations communities to focus on wellness
2015-12-22 article aging, First Nations, Indigenous, wellness, health data
Teaching an active lifestyle
Aerobics and arithmetic in grade school add up to more active teens
2015-12-18 article exercise, youth, school
What happens under the helmet?
Research is changing the game of hockey and informing policies to protect the health of hockey players
2015-12-14 article concussion, youth, hockey
Help is just a phone call away
Bringing mental health support to kids and their families
2015-12-11 article youth, mental health, telehealth
Detecting dementia early
Saliva may hold clues to diagnosing and treating Alzheimer's disease
2015-12-08 article Alzheimer's disease, dementia, diagnosis
Understanding and treating eating disorders
Eating disorders are serious illnesses—and surprisingly common—but recovery is possible. How can research help?
2015-12-03 article anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, eating disorder, recovery, family-based therapy
Housing, health and HIV
Home is more than where the heart is
2015-11-30 article HIV, AIDS, housing, policy, community-based research
Showcasing a Canadian success story: The Ebola vaccine
Canada's role in the global fight to stop the Ebola outbreak
2015-11-26 article Ebola, outbreak, vaccine, research, Canada, WHO, clinical trial
Health research hits the stratosphere
Helping Canadians to age better with health data from space
2015-11-23 audio Aging, vascular aging, blood pressure, space, astronauts
Consequences of spinal injury
How to protect the most important connection between the brain and the human body
2015-11-20 audio spinal cord, spinal cord injury, spine, Barbara Turnbull
Lupus: Unmasking the mystery behind the disease with 1,000 faces
Prevention of heart attack and stroke in Lupus patients
2015-11-16 video Lupus, Arthritis Research Canada, immunosuppressant, synthetic corticosteroid
Getting kids active
Instilling lifelong healthy habits begins early
2015-11-12 article physical activity, child and youth health, randomized control trial, behavior modification
Do you speak French?
How research helps improve the delivery of health services in French in minority Francophone communities
2015-11-06 audio French speaker, minority, access to care, health services, Montfort Hospital
Sleeping– it's not just for babies!
Six tips to help seniors sleep better
2015-11-04 article sleep, sleep patterns, insomnia, seniors
Living with Alzheimer’s and dementia
Hope drives the caregivers
2015-10-30 video Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, caregiver
Ready to fall back?
Maintaining good health during a time change adjustment
2015-10-28 audio sleep, psychology, time change, mood disorders, seasonal depression, SAD
Connecting rural residents to health care
One-stop help for rural dementia patients
2015-10-20 article rural, dementia, diagnosis, care, telehealth, memory clinic, Saskatchewan
Preventable Dementia?
Brain scans, an early detection tool for dementia-related illnesses
2015-10-16 article Dementia, Dr. Sandra Black, Sunnybrook, stroke, brain scan, elderly
Can mother's milk help protect kids from obesity?
Uncovering the link between breastfeeding and early childhood obesity
2015-10-13 article breastfeeding, breast milk, mother's milk, childhood obesity
Obesity research – A Canadian strength

“Canadian researchers are known around the world for doing excellent obesity research that has an impact for patients.” - Dr. Philip Sherman, Scientific Director, Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes

2015-10-08 video Bariatric surgery, obesity
Muscle fatigue: friend or foe?
How to minimize the negative effects of muscle fatigue
2015-10-06 video Ottawa University, Dr. Jean-Marc Renaud, muscle fatigue, exercise, lactic acid, athletes, hyperkalemic periodic paralysis, hyperKPP
Parents: A child’s first role model
Show your children healthy behaviours – eating well, sleeping well, exercising and managing stress
2015-09-29 video Obesity, overweight, parents, role model, children, sleep, stress management, CHEO, HALO, CIHR
Combatting cholesterol
New hope for patients unable to lower their cholesterol levels with traditional drugs
2015-09-22 audio Cholesterol, Cardiovascular disease
It doesn't have to hurt
A new science-media partnership is putting the best research about managing children’s pain into the hands of parents
2015-09-18 article Pain, pain management, children's health
Reducing the risk of sexual assault
Learn how a 12-hour training program is reducing the risk of sexual assault in young women—and building their confidence
2015-09-17 article intervention, prevention, sexual assault, rape, university, campus safety, sexual assault resistance
Is it "just" clumsiness?
The impact of Developmental Coordination Disorder on the health of young children – and what we can do about it
2015-09-03 article motor skills, child development, Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
Heavy metal health risks
Identifying the connections between environmental pollutants and life-threatening blood clots
2015-09-01 article epigenetics, blood clots, pollution
Educating the immune system to prevent allergies
MUHC research team designs a potential vaccine against allergic airways disease
2015-08-25 article allegies, asthma, immune response
Healthy sperm, healthy children
There is growing evidence that epigenetic damage to sperm can result in negative health effects for generations of children
2015-08-21 article epigenetics, pollution, birth defects
Uncovering a missing piece in the asthma puzzle
Epigenetics could reveal the links between environmental and genetic factors in asthma, and provide clues to preventative treatments
2015-08-19 article epigenetics, asthma, prevention
Improving health, one step at a time
The people of Kahnawake continue a long-standing research project to prevent type-2 diabetes
2015-08-12 article type-2 diabetes, Indigenous communities, child health
Understanding Lyme disease, in real time
Studying how tick-borne bacteria behave in the bloodstream
2015-08-04 article Lyme disease, ticks, infectious disease
Are you more than your genes?
How your environment can alter the way your genes behave
2015-07-27 audio epigenetics, environment, health
The Quest for the HIV Cure
Is there hope for a cure? Read about the Canadian HIV Cure Enterprise and the global effort to conquer HIV
2015-07-17 article HIV/AIDS, immunity, cure
Are we getting close to a cure for HIV/AIDS?
How Canadian researchers are helping defeat the disease
2015-07-17 audio HIV/AIDS, immunity
Speaking up about HIV/AIDS to fight stigma, find a cure
How one young woman is helping shift the conversation about living with HIV/AIDS
2015-07-16 article HIV/AIDS, stigma, cure
A better way to diagnose HIV
HIV spreads most easily when a person is initially infected. Researchers have now found a better way to diagnose HIV during this critical first stage
2015-07-15 article HIV/AIDS, diagnosis, prevention
Getting kids the help they need
How can we improve diagnosis – and quality of life – for people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder?
2015-07-13 article epigenetics, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, FASD
Are you taking too many meds?
Canadian seniors taking multiple medications face health risks
2015-07-08 audio aging, drug interactions
Which weight-loss surgery is best?
CIHR-funded researchers examine which type of surgery is healthiest and most effective for obese patients
2015-07-02 video obesity, weight-loss, surgery
Gluten-blocking bugs
Can gut bacteria play a role in causing or preventing celiac disease?
2015-06-29 article gluten, celiac disease, diet, bacteria
Targeting tuberculosis
Canadian researchers are helping stop the spread of this highly contagious disease
2015-06-22 article tuberculosis, infectious disease, aboriginal health
Health research and indigenous peoples – Combining traditional and scientific approaches
Researchers are incorporating both traditional and modern approaches to improve health care in Aboriginal communities
2015-06-18 article aboriginal, metis, inuit
Speaking up about mental health
NHL player Jordin Tootoo talks about mental well-being and resilience
2015-06-17 video mental health, aboriginal health, suicide
First Aid for mental health in First Nations communities
Learn how a two-day course is empowering First Nations participants get in touch with their cultural identity and begin to heal
2015-06-15 article mental health, First Nations
Raising tuberculosis awareness
Read about efforts to stop the spread of tuberculosis in Canada's Aboriginal communities
2015-06-08 article tuberculosis, Inuit health, public health
Keeping your kids safe (and active, too!)
Read about research that is helping prevent sports-related injuries in children
2015-06-03 article kids, sports, injury prevention
Acting Out! to address mental health issues
Learn about how researchers are using theatre workshops to engage teens in First Nations communities
2015-06-03 article mental health, First Nations
Down to the stem
Read how blood stem cell research is opening the door to new cancer treatments
2015-06-01 article cancer, epigenetics, stem cells
Mapping the Cellular Landscape
Learn how mapping the chemical changes in different cell types is helping researchers understand the way that environment influences health
2015-06-01 article epigenetics, cancer
Fertile ideas
Learn how a man's diet may affect the health of his future children
2015-06-01 article diet, epigenetics, men's health
A new frontier of drug discovery
See how epigenetics research is leading to powerful new medications for conditions such as cancer, diabetes and inflammatory disorders
2015-06-01 article epigenetics, medication
The on-off switch
Read about how environmental factors, such as nutrition and stress, create long-term changes in the activity of your genes
2015-06-01 article epigenetics, genes, stress
Right from the start
Find out about research into the effects of a pregnant woman's diet on her own health, and the health of her child
2015-06-01 article diet, epigenetics, maternal health
The traces of trauma
View research on the long-term genetic impact of abuse on a child's brain
2015-06-01 article abuse, epigenetics, mental health
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