JointHealth™ express   July 6, 2016

Researchers, patients and government come together

The conversation on new reform from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research that impacts federal research funding continues.

We commend Minister Philpott for her request for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to convene a working meeting with key representatives of the research community to find common ground and move forward with solutions that address the issues around the quality and integrity of CIHR's peer review system.

Minister Philpott’s actions are in response to views expressed within the health research community, and from patient organizations like Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE).

All stakeholders in healthcare – governments, researchers, clinicians and patients – have an obligation to consider the impact of changes to the CIHR and Canada's world-class standing in the scientific community and the benefits of health research for all Canadians.

To view the message from Minister Philpott to Canada’s health research community, please click here. Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, responded to Minister Philpott’s address with this message.

ACE urged patients to write an open letter to the Minister of Health on June 29. Thank you to everyone who wrote to express their views.