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Health Research in Canada

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Health Research in Canada

AFMC has five strategic priorities for the future of health research in Canada.  

The training and development of future leaders in health research;
As an organization dedicated to advancing medical education and life-long learning, we believe that the next generation of health professionals will need research training to become innovative and compete in knowledge-based global economies.
Research without boundaries; 
The AFMC through its Faculties of Medicine is ideally positioned to provide leadership in the entire spectrum of health research.
Creative collaboration with health partners to advance science and create new partnerships;
Multidisciplinary health research often results in better outcomes. Educating the next generation of health professionals provides an opportunity for the AFMC to partner with other groups to develop innovative training programs that are responsive to the current health care needs of Canadians.
Accelerate research through state-of-the-art Infrastructure and core facilities; 
State of the art research facilities and equipment are critical components of the health research enterprise and enable teams of talented researchers to be globally competitive in the pursuit of science and technology , and much of Canada’s research infrastructure is outdated.
Engaging and inspiring the public. 
The AFMC strives to educate the public about benefits that research can bring to people’s health, economy and society.
AFMC Research Position Paper

How should we shape the future of Health Research in Canada?

AFMC’s new Position Paper A National Integrated Health Research Strategy advocates for the creation of a National Health Research Strategy.

Canada’s health research ecosystem is disconnected. It is slow, struggles to translate research outputs into meaningful health interventions and rarely sees the economic benefits.

A National Health Research Strategy that focuses on research collaborations across multiple sectors will result in an improved system that support scientists doing internationally recognized research that meets the health needs of Canadians and the world.

If we are going to continue to compete internationally as leaders in research and to provide maximum benefit to Canadians, we must embrace collaborative and integrated science at a national scale.

There are four areas that will contribute to achieving collaborative research:

  1. New funding approaches that support and promote interdisciplinary research;
  2. A sustained commitment to developing, engaging and fostering our scientists and future researchers;
  3. World-class infrastructure, national platforms and streamlined regulatory processes;
  4. Relationships and integration with businesses, health authorities, government and faculty members; and Training of highly qualified personnel to support Canada's youth, create jobs and provide innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities is a crucial component to achieving collaborative research and innovation in all areas identified above.

Academic research must work more closely with industry to better respond to pandemics and many other areas of healthcare. We must be able to discover drugs and treatments and manufacture them in Canada so that they are available to Canadians and benefit our economy.

The engagement and support of a number of stakeholders and partners is critical in achieving this vision. We are calling on health research partners to join AFMC in shaping Canada’s National Health Research Strategy.

Read the National Integrated Health Research Strategy

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Version: 2020-04-30