BRIC NS Newsletter
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In this issue

1. Overview of Funding opportunities
2. Resources on our website
3, Looking for partners
4. Kudos
5. Events

Overview of funding opportunities

The Knowledge Synthesis and Comparative Program and Policy Analysis funding applications have been submitted to CIHR.  BRIC NS members are leading one Knowledge Synthesis project and are involved in four others in different roles.  One Comparative Program and Policy Analysis project is being led from Nova Scotia and BRIC NS members are co-applicants on two others.

Best of luck to the teams.  Funding decisions are expected in December.

Get ready for the next round
Both the Knowledge Synthesis and the Comparative Program and Policy Analysis grant competitions will be held again in 2017.  In addition, the competition for multi-year grants, which are meant to support larger cross-jurisdictional projects, will also be held in 2017 (launch in Winter 2017 and deadline in October).  These competitions will have many of the same requirements as the most recent ones: knowledge user and patient co-applicants, partners from at least one other provincial network and matching funds.
Share your feedback!  Did you apply to one of the PIHCI funding opportunities? Why or why not?  Help us understand some of the barriers and facilitators to applying by sharing your thoughts.  Email

Our website has a resource page with a number of patient-oriented, primary healthcare-based resources, including reports, slide decks from events and links to external documents and groups.  This page also has the BRIC NS intake form for requesting help with projects.

Do you have a resource that you think would be helpful to other BRIC NS members?  Send it to to have it posted to the website.
Research project looking for partners
Help Wanted: Self-guided interventions for migraine!
Drs. Cathy MacLean and Anna Huguet, along with a multidisciplinary research team, have developed two Internet-based self-guided cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions for adolescents and adults with migraines. These interventions have the potential to empower individuals to better manage their headaches by providing them with educational information and teaching them coping skills. These interventions can help them reduce the frequency and severity of their migraines, and reduce the negative impact their migraines have on their lives, all while requiring very little support from health care professionals. With the goal of improving access for patients to evidence-based CBT in the general community and along the continuum of care, the team is poised to launch a full-scale Randomized Controlled Trial to test the effectiveness of these interventions. The team invites all physicians to consider recommending these interventions to their patients who may be eligible to take part in this trial.
For more information on this study or to help with recruitment, please contact the Principal Investigator of this project: Dr. Anna Huguet at or at 902.470.7521.
Cathy MacLean, MD, is a family physician, the chair of the Patient Education Committee at the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and a Professor in the Discipline of Family Medicine at Memorial University, NF.
Anna Huguet, PhD, is a research scientist based at the IWK Health Centre, and is an adjunct professor with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, NS.      
For more information about these interventions and the research project, please visit

Congratulations to BRIC NS Research Lead and Nominated Principal Applicant Dr. Fred Burge, the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Charles and Mrs. Jean Gass Lifetime Achievement Award.  Dr. Burge has received this award in recognition of his immense contribution to primary care research and dedication to life long learning. His passion for providing dignified palliative care to his patients is the foundation upon which he has built his career.

Dr. Burge is committed to improving the quality of primary care, including chronic disease management, through the application of research evidence in this setting and developing tools and strategies to improve that care. He is also dedicated to research and evaluation of new models of primary care delivery.  This commitment is reflected in his work with BRIC NS.

Read more about the Dr. Charles and Mrs. Jean Gass Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded by the Nova Scotia College of Family Physicians.

Upcoming events
Knowledge Translation and Grant Applications

September 1, 9 am - 12pm
A half-day workshop in Halifax on writing the knowledge translation components of your research grant applications.  Hosted by the MSSU.  Register here.

Travel grant to attend KT Canada Practicing Knowledge Translation Course 

Deadline August 26
KT Canada is offering its Practicing Knowledge Translation (PKT) course, geared towards health professionals implementing changes and focused on how to apply KT to real-world implementation projects.
The course structure includes a 3-day in person workshop (Toronto, Ontario; Oct 17 - 19, 2016), six online webinars (Nov 2016 - Jan 2017), and coaching support (until Mar 2017).

The Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit is offering offering three free registrations (priced at $2,450 each) for members of the MSSU community - i.e. individuals from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island who are engaged in patient-oriented research as either knowledge producers or knowledge users.

The deadline to apply or express interest in August 26.  Contact Robyn Traynor for more information.
Send us your updates
We want to hear from you!  Send us your news about recent publications, funding decisions, events and opportunities for collaborative research.  Contact

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