News - Aug 2016

HRI Scientists Awarded National Funding

Homewood Research Institute (HRI) and Homewood Health Inc. (HHI) are pleased to announce three research proposals recently approved for funding by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada’s federal funding agency for health research. These projects further our understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction.  Both projects in PTSD research will involve the Homewood Health Centre and are intended to guide clinical practice.  The addiction study is community- based and will involve Homewood clinician, Dr. Harry Vedelago as an advisor.

Grants received by HRI scientists include:

  • Paul Frewen, Ruth Lanius, Margaret McKinnon and others received $100,000 over one year to study mindfulness meditation for PTSD, with or without neurofeedback. Learn More
  • Ruth Lanius, Margaret McKinnon, Paul Frewen, Rakesh Jetly and others received $607,780 over five years to study PTSD and its dissociative subtype in military personal and veterans. Learn More
  • James MacKillop and his colleagues, including Homewood clinician, Dr. Harry Vedelago, received $1,215,555 over five years to study alcohol trajectories during the transition to adulthood. Learn More

This funding allows HRI researchers to continue on their path to improving care through the development of new treatments and innovations. Congratulations to the scientists who prepared these successful proposals. Thank you to Homewood clinicians and staff for their input and collaboration in planning and conducting these studies.

The Cowan Foundation Builds Capacity for Innovation

The Cowan Foundation cheque presentation

Pictured from left to right: Terry Reidel, Executive Director, The Cowan Foundation; Margaret McKinnon, Associate Co-Chair, Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, Senior Scientist, Homewood Research Institute; Heather McLachlin, President, Cowan Insurance Group; Roy Cameron, Executive Director, Homewood Research Institute; Jagoda Pike, President and CEO, Homewood Health Inc. (HHI); Rob Schlegel, CFO, RBJ Schlegel Holdings Inc.

Knowledge must be applied in practice to benefit people.  The Schlegel research enterprises, the Homewood Research Institute (HRI) and the Research Institute for Aging (RIA) are exploring innovative models to integrate research and practice to improve lives.

The Cowan Foundation is enabling us to take this work to a new level. On Thursday, June 23rd the Foundation donated $100,000 to support joint efforts of HRI and RIA to provide leadership in bringing evidence and practice together in mental health, addiction and aging.

Over the past several years the RIA’s Research Application Specialist, funded by The Cowan Foundation, has explored the process of knowledge mobilization and has identified key barriers, and more importantly, opportunities. Research must answer a need; engaging stakeholders in the research process helps to ensure the knowledge gained is relevant and can be of direct benefit. The findings then need to inform practice, programs, and policies where the information can translate into impact.

“Without the capacity to integrate learning into practice, research sits on the shelf.  It often takes years to move from discovery into health care practice,” says Roy Cameron, Executive Director of HRI. “The goal of both organizations is to decrease that gap, so that emerging evidence benefits as many Canadians as possible, as fast as possible.”

The RIA is finalizing a framework to capture learnings to date and guide future knowledge mobilization efforts. While this framework considers the context of aging, HRI can readily adapt and apply these learnings to mental health and addiction, improving our own knowledge mobilization efforts. Key next steps will be utilizing these frameworks in upcoming projects and continuing the dialogue between both organizations about what works and what doesn’t.

The recent gift from The Cowan Foundation will pave the way for HRI and RIA to more effectively mobilize and apply the latest research. Through collaboration, both organizations can make strides in closing the gap between research and practice.