The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) have honoured five outstanding Canadian individuals and teams as part of the latest CIHR-CMAJ Top Canadian Achievements in Health Research Awards, which celebrate Canadian health research excellence.
Among those honoured were Drs. Larry W. Chambers (Bruyère Research Institute in Ottawa); Lisa Dolovich and Lehana Thebane (McMaster University); Janusz Kaczorowski (University of Montreal); and Michael Paterson and Karen Tu (Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences) for their work in developing the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP). Designed to increase cardiovascular risk awareness at the community level, CHAP has demonstrated that primary prevention integrated with family physicians, community pharmacists, and community partners and volunteers can significantly reduce the burden of cardiovascular morbidity.
The winners were selected by a peer-review panel of Canadian and international experts, who looked for the discoveries and innovations that had the biggest impact on the health of people in this country and around the world.