All of our valued partners are listed in the activity report. We wish to single out a few in particular for their significant contributions to our work.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are key granting agencies for our researchers. Each year, a number of them receive grants, awards or fellowships enabling them to advance their research. In the past year, CIHR funding accounted for $5.5 M, either 57% of the amounts our researchers received from granting agencies recognized by the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS).
Our Research Centre can also count on the support of the IUCPQ Foundation, which has contributed funds towards the Centre’s phases of expansion and finances numerous scholarships as well as several research fellowships and grants. Over the course of 2017, the Foundation awarded $872,500 for the annual research grant competition, $856,706 for fellowships and other projects as well as $120,000 into the biobank as contributions. These grants help us in the completion of numerous research projects and provide the leverage needed to obtain outside funding.
Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie and Grand Défi Entreprise
Several researchers, research professionals and students were part of teams representing the Institute in preparation for the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie's 1,000 km cycling challenge. Their involvement shows to what extent the research community is committed to taking concrete action to promote healthy lifestyle habits to young and old alike.
In addition, the Institute and the cofounders of the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie have joined forces to create the Grand Défi Entreprise, which is now one of the Centre’s cardiovascular prevention research priorities. Under the scientific direction of Dr. Natalie Alméras, the Grand Défi Entreprise harnesses the cardiometabolic and respiratory expertise of our researchers. Its objective is to reach employees in their workplace to encourage them to adopt healthy lifestyle habits (e.g., being active, not smoking, eating a healthy diet).