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COMMENTARY FROM THE CEO

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May / June, 2018

Dear Stakeholders of the New Brunswick Health Research Enterprise, Patience and Persistence

Out of many readings, I came upon an article that prompted this title. It represents a retrospective of the past 10 years during which NBHRF emerged, developed and provided capacity building health research funding programs; it may also represent our determination to implement new programs in order to align with other Provincial health research organizations that are supported by evidence-based best practices to promote and sustain health research and health innovation; it may also help guide us with regard to the importance of timing as a provincial election is now within 14 weeks. NBHRF baseline funding is stable and we are awaiting a formal answer to our 2018/19 ask regarding improving our programing to further support you. We salute our Premier’s commentary in Brunswick News about “ Celebrating New Brunswick’s culture of innovation ” citing NBHRF 2 cannabis Chairs , the ACCESS Open Minds New Brunswick program on youth mental health, the phenomenal New Brunswick Centre for Precision Medicine and the New Brunswick Centre for Healthy Living opening this fall. It also aligns with another commentary by Dr. Dharm Singh of the NB Medical Society about “ Electronic medical records changing N.B. health care ”. Anonymized data can now be analyzed via research projects by the NB-IRDT / Institute for Research Data and training, part of the Maritime SPOR Support Unit (MSSU) funded by CIHR, NBHRF (GNB-DoH and RDC) and GNB-PETL. Results of this research will help to answer questions to guide and implement evidence-based best practices. New Appointments and Departures At the National Dementia Strategy Conference, the Federal Minister of Health appointed an advisory board and two co- leads that we congratulate as partners: The CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada - Ms. Pauline Tardif and President and Chief Executive Officer - Dr. William E. Reichman from Baycrest. We look forward to further work with them. We also acknowledge the nomination of Ms. Louise Imbeault as the 9th Chancellor of the Université de Moncton for a five year term during which the search for a new President will take place. We consider it a privilidge to have worked with Lindsay Bowman (Director of Research) and Calvin Milbury (CEO) at NBIF and we wish them both well in their future endeavors. The pursuit of the research and innovation agenda is crucial to the development of our province, and it includes the dual mandate of NBIF in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) research (like federal NSERC) and the management of venture capital support for startups and SMEs (small-medium enterprises). At national, we salute the nomination of our formal Governor General of Canada, the Right Hon. David Johnston to the Schlegel Health Care Board of Directors , a pan-Canadian nursing homes / village-style retirement communities.

Ms. Pauline Tardif

Dr. William E. Reichman

Ms. Louise Imbeault

Ms. Lindsay Bowman

Mr. Calvin Milbury

Right Honourable David Johnston

Congratulations We celebrate Dr. Alli Murugesan, a past recipient of an NBHRF-TFRI Post-doctoral Fellowship with Dr. Tony Reiman (2013-2016), who received a Mitacs Global Impact Entrepreneur Award for her startup: BioHuntress Therapeutics.

Dr. Alli Murugesan

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