The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) recently acknowledged six top achievements in Canadian health research that have had a significant impact on health, health care and health research. These achievements work to improve our understanding of health and human diseases, help tackle health challenges, and improve our health care system.
Dr. Annalee Yassi, a professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health, and Dr. Elizabeth Bryce, regional director of Infection Control at Vancouver Coastal Health and professor of medicine at UBC, were awarded for their collaboration between infection control and occupational health. They developed a collaborative research and training team whose work has changed practice and policy in infection control in Canada and many other countries.
Bryce and Yassi produced internationally endorsed guidelines, training products (both online and face-to-face), checklists, research materials, frameworks and a web-based health information system. Resulting changes to practice and policy in infection control, such as improved use of personal protective equipment for health workers, have occurred in Canada and many other countries, as well as in leading international organizations. They have shown that collaboration between occupational health and infection control can be achieved and can result in meaningful outcomes.
For the second year, a peer-review panel of Canadian and international experts selected the winners based on the impact of their work on the health and wellbeing of Canadians and worldwide. Achievements in four categories are eligible for the award: biomedical, clinical, health services, and population and public health.
For more details on the six award winners, view the CIHR news release: http://www.cihr.ca/e/43302.html