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2024 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research

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In 2005, The Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research was established to honour the exceptional leadership, vision and innovative contributions of Dr. Henry G. Friesen. It is awarded to an individual of international stature who best exemplifies Dr. Henry Friesen’s prescience, organizational creativity and broad impact on health research and health research policy.

The prize supports an annual Public Lecture at a major Canadian academic institution and additional visits throughout the year to sponsoring universities and research institutes. In collaboration with CBC Radio One “Ideas”, a recorded interview is broadcast nationally to reach the broadest possible audience. A manuscript is also published in the “Friesen Prize Lecture” series.

Members of the Health Sciences community are encouraged to submit nominations for anyone they feel would be deserving of the Prize. Nominees will be those with vision who have had an impact in health research and health research policy at an international level. Outstanding communication skills are essential as the Prizewinner is expected to address topics important to the nation and suitable for wide public dissemination.

NOTE: The Deadline for Nominations is February 16, 2024 by 5 pm EST. Only complete nominations will be considered and materials must be sent to FriendsofCIHR@gmail.com no later than February 16, 2024 by 5 pm EST. For more information, call: (416) 506-1597.

Nominations may be made at any time. The Friesen Prize Advisory Committee issues an annual call for nominations normally in the late fall announcing the closing date for nominations for the approaching year’s award.
There is no limit to the number of nominations that may be submitted. Nominations will be considered for up to three consecutive years, after which a new submission is required.

Members in good standing of Friends of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (FCIHR) or the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) may make nominations, at any time, without limit. Presidents and Deans of Medicine of Canadian universities are canvassed annually to nominate suitable candidates. Scientific Directors of Research Institutes are also welcome to submit nominations. Nominations from Universities and Research Centres outside of Canada will also be considered. Information related to the nomination and selection process is confidential.

Candidates for the Prize will be of international stature and will exemplify the vision, distinguished leadership, and innovative contributions of Dr. Henry G. Friesen in health research and health research policy in Canada. Nominees should possess the ability to engage a broad public audience on topics related to the advancement and contribution of health research to society.

The Prize Advisory Committee reviews and evaluates all submissions and selects the Honouree through a series of ballots. All nominations and the selection process are maintained in the strictest confidence. The Board of the presenting organization ratifies the announcement of the Prizewinner and this occurs in the Spring.

In accepting The Prize, the Honouree agrees to fulfill a number of obligations:
• The Awardee will deliver a lecture in-person of approximately one-hour in length at a Public Forum. The topic will be determined through consultation with the Advisory Committee and the lecture must appeal to an informed public audience, presenting ideas in the spirit of Dr. Friesen’s long-standing contributions.
• The presentation must be suitable for national broadcast by CBC Radio One.
• A manuscript of the Public Forum lecture will be submitted 4 weeks prior to the event for publication in both official languages.
• The Prizewinner will respond favourably, and without fee, to at least one invitation from a Canadian academic or professional institution, to present a named lecture within 12 months following the announcement of the Prize. Arrangements here will be subject to approval by the Friesen Prize Advisory Committee. Travel and some other expenses will be assumed by host organizations.
• The Awardee may address other specified events as they are scheduled throughout the year, including but not limited to a luncheon presentation to the CAHS Annual Meeting. As this is a National Prize Program, 2 or 3 additional Institutional visits to Canadian universities are encouraged for which supplementary remuneration is offered.
• Prizewinners must be available to the media following the announcement conferring the award and at other specified times throughout the year.

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Dr. Peter N. Lewis - Interim President, Friends of CIHR - Effective January 1, 2024Dr. Peter N. Lewis, PhD, FCAHS,
is appointed Interim President, Friends of CIHR

Toronto – January 1, 2024 – The Board of Directors of Friends of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (FCIHR) is pleased to announce that Dr. Peter N. Lewis, PhD, FCAHS is appointed Interim President, FCIHR – effective January 1, 2024.
Dr. Peter N. Lewis is Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto, Board Chair of the Charles H. Best Foundation. He joined the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in 1974. Since 1991 he has held a number of leadership roles including Department Chair, Vice Dean Research and International Relations in the Faculty of Medicine (2002-2010) and Associate VP Research – Global Research Partnerships in Simcoe Hall (2010-2016). He has been involved in the formation of many UofT entities including the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research and the Structural Genomics Consortium. Centrally he was involved in restructuring the UofT Tech Transfer Office and the creation of IC-IMPACTSSOSCIP and CCRM. His research interests include Alzheimer’s disease; the structure and function of chromosomes with specific reference to gene regulation; protein folding and artificial intelligence applied to drug discovery.

Dr. Lewis who succeeds Dr. Malkin, former President of FCIHR, remarks:

“It is a great honour to take on this role as the FCIHR seeks to redefine its role in the Canadian research ecosystem”

FCIHR is a national not-for-profit organization that was established in 2000 to support the goals and ideals of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and to communicate the value of health research to a broad, multifaceted public audience.  Through a spectrum of programs, FCIHR also seeks to attract and support young health science trainees and scientists in their career development.  The Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research program, which began in 2006 and which includes visits and scholarly events in Canadian universities, exemplifies our mission.  FCIHR also convenes public gatherings and roundtables of experts to discuss important health sciences issues of the day, and therein collaborates with like-minded Canadian health science organizations in all sectors.

For further information on Friends of CIHR and its various programs, please visit: www.fcihr.ca or contact: Cristina S. Castellvi.  Tel. #: (416) 506-1597. Email: FriendsofCIHR@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
McMaster Friesen Prize Institutional visit
featuring Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta

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Poster - 2024 McMaster Friesen Prize Institutional visit - Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta

Tuesday, January 16, 2024
U Waterloo Friesen Prize Institutional visit
featuring Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta

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Poster - 2024 U Waterloo Friesen Prize Institutional visit - Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta


Friends of CIHRFriends of CIHR (FCIHR) was created to promote the value of health research and establish community-based partnerships. Since 2000, it has specifically supported the goals and initiatives of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and has expanded its role to represent all health disciplines. The 15-person Board of Directors represents a membership active in universities, hospitals, voluntary organizations, community groups and agencies, as well as some private corporations. In addition, Friends of CIHR promotes research funding with all levels of government. FCIHR organizes annual educational symposia and publishes the proceedings for wide distribution. The Video History of Medicine in Canada is an innovative program conceived by the group. Friends of CIHR is a non-profit, non-governmental, incorporated organization.

Les Amis des Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada (AIRSC) est un organisme créé dans le but de promouvoir la valeur de la recherche en santé et d’établir des partenariats communautaires. Depuis 2000, l’organisme a expressément appuyé les objectifs et les initiatives des Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada (IRSC) et a élargi son rôle afin de représenter toutes les disciplines de la santé. Le conseil d’administration, comprenant 15 membres, représente des adhérents qui œuvrent dans des universités, des hôpitaux, des organismes bénévoles, des groupes et organismes communautaires et des sociétés privées. En plus de promouvoir le financement de la recherche à tous les niveaux de gouvernement, les AIRSC présentent chaque année des colloques pédagogiques et en publient les procès-verbaux. L’Histoire de la médecine au Canada est un programme novateur réalisé en collaboration par le groupe. Les Amis des IRSC est un organisme non gouvernemental sans but lucratif constitué en personne morale.