The mission of the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Research Network is to promote communication between health sciences researchers and stakeholders in the health care community in order to build partnerships between them and strengthen health sciences research in the province.
This network was established as a result of the MRC Regional Partnerships Program. This initiative by the Medical Research Council of Canada (MRC) was a response to a growing concern that the provinces of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan were not receiving adequate national research funding in the area of health sciences. The program was established to enable four institutions including Memorial University to access $2.5 million from MRC over the next five years as a strategic investment to develop areas of research strength. The expectation is that two dollars will be raised from other sources in the community for every one dollar contributed by MRC.
To access these funds, MRC asked that a steering committee develop a strategic plan in consultation with researchers and stakeholders in the community. In order to do so, a Strategic Planning Workshop was held at the Hotel Newfoundland on September 18, 1996. Participants included researchers from the university and community, members of health care organizations, boards, agencies and associations, and representatives from various provincial government departments.
A brief summary of the outcomes from the workshop is available on the News page of our network. However, one important theme that emerged was that participants were interested in the establishment of an interactive electronic network to link individuals and organizations interested in health sciences research in our province. The Newfoundland and Labrador Health Research Network was therefore created to meet this expressed need.
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