What's New

As you may know, NSHRF has been busy preparing for the transition to Research Nova Scotia (RNS). The transition has been scheduled for completion by the end of this fiscal year, March 31, 2019. We’ve been working closely with government to ensure that support for the health research community is not interrupted during the changeover to RNS. It is our pleasure to inform you that all NSHRF programs and services will remain business as usual for the 2019/2020 fiscal year, under the new organization.

To clarify, this means the following NSHRF programs and services will continue during Research Nova Scotia’s first year of operation:

Funding competitions:

Establishment Grant
Development/Innovative Grant
Knowledge Sharing Support Award
Scotia ScholarsOM Award

Programs and Services:

NSHRF Business Unit
REAL Knowledge Program
REAL Evaluation Services
Peer Review Services
The Success Program 

These are exciting times for researchers in the province, as Nova Scotia begins its evolution into the next stage of research support. Rest assured that NSHRF is working hard to ensure a smooth transition.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. 

NSHRF would like to announce that George Collier is leaving his position as Manager, REAL Knowledge Program, effective August 3, 2018. His strong leadership skills and sense of humor will be missed. However, it is with pride that we share George has been offered, and accepted, a position with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), as Senior Partnership Lead. 

Over the past eight years, George has spearheaded the development of NSHRF’s REAL Knowledge Program. His pragmatic approach and reputation for excellence has made him a valuable asset to both his colleagues and clients.

Following George’s departure, NSHRF CEO, Krista Connell, will assume responsibility for the REAL Knowledge Program.

It is with the warmest personal regards that we wish George success as he begins his new position with CIHR. We know he will tackle this new venture with the same passion and dedication he displayed as part of our team.


The latest edition of NSHRF's E-News is available. In this month's, The REAL Issue, we asked Dorian to reflect on her experience as a REAL Evaluation Fellow. Continue reading to find out what she had to say about her time at NSHRF. 

This fall, a queer-health researcher at Dalhousie University will share the results of her work in the form of a theatrical production, thanks to support from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF).  

In her project “Birthing Relationships and Rural Health Practices: The Experiences of Queer Women and Their Perinatal Care Providers,” Dr. Lisa Goldberg, an associate professor in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University examined how heteronormative practices in healthcare institutions may impact the birthing process for queer identifying women. 

Dr. Goldberg and her colleagues Dr. Megan Aston, Dalhousie University; Dr. Sylvia Burrow, Cape Breton University; and incoming PhD student Jennifer Searle of Dalhousie University interviewed women across the province from LGBQ2S+ communities about their birthing experiences. According to Goldberg, she was motivated to undertake this work because existing research illustrated that “the health outcomes of these communities don’t often compare to their heterosexual counterparts.” 

Dr. Goldberg believes there is lots of potential for health care providers to create environments in their institutions that are more supportive of LGBTQ2S+ needs. “But it takes knowledge of underrepresented communities, and the historical harms that they have experienced, and an understanding of what that entails for your practices moving forward” stated Goldberg.  

NSHRF supports health researchers across Nova Scotia by funding projects that reflect contemporary standards of excellence. Its mission is to contribute to a vibrant, well-balanced health research community that helps to improve health outcomes for Nova Scotians. In the past NSHRF has supported LGBTQ2S+ health research examining barriers to primary care and the importance of patient engagement. In recognition of Pride Week in Halifax, NSHRF is featuring Dr. Goldberg in the latest segment of #ResearchersMatter, a campaign highlighting the work of its funded researchers.

In 2017, Dr. Goldberg was awarded a Knowledge Sharing Support Award (KSSA) to enable her to share her findings with the public. She and her team partnered with local playwright Annie Valentine to create a play which she hopes to stage across the province. 

“We felt it (the play) would reach a broader audience and make research not so esoteric and dry,” explained Goldberg. “We’re really excited about this; when research is made accessible amazing things can happen.” The play will also feature actors who identify as LGBTQ2S+. “It was very important that all actors be a member of queer communities, because this is queer work.” 

The play is scheduled to debut in Halifax this fall. 

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Media Contact: Emily Faulkner,Communications Officer, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Tel: 902-497-2699, Emily.Faulkner@novascotia.ca


About Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF)
To learn more about NSHRF visit: https://www.nshrf.ca.
More information about the #ResearchersMatter campaign can be found at: https://www.nshrf.ca/ResearchersMatter

About Dr. Lisa Goldberg
To learn more about Dr. Goldberg’s work visit: qrbnsandbeyond.ca




Halifax, NS – June 27, 2018 – The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) have signed a collaboration agreement to foster the development, testing and adoption of aging and brain health innovations in Nova Scotia.

The two agencies have also agreed to invest $400,000 to support late-stage research into aging and brain health solutions, with attention to projects focusing on aging in place, caregiver support, care coordination and navigation, cognitive health and Indigenous and rural populations.  

“Informed decision making is critical to improving the health outcomes for our population and that all begins with excellent research,” said NSHRF CEO, Krista Connell. “I am delighted to be able to partner with CABHI in creating this opportunity for the Nova Scotia health research community. These are priority areas for our province and I am confident that the research conducted here will not only contribute to the quality of life for older Nova Scotians but for Canadians as well.”

“From now on, our population will be older, and that presents many unique challenges and opportunities,” said Hon. Leo Glavine, Minister of Seniors. “Innovation is truly the only way forward. That’s why it’s so important to support research projects that help bridge the gap between where we are today and where we need to be tomorrow.”   

Within the Nova Scotia Aging and Brain Health Innovation Program, CABHI and NSHRF will conduct a peer reviewed competition and successful applications will be eligible for up to $150,000 CAD per project to accelerate the translation of research into products, services and practices that address the needs and challenges of the aging population in Nova Scotia.  The project is open to researcher and clinician teams based in Nova Scotia.  

 “Through this partnership, CABHI and NSHRF will leverage Nova Scotia’s expertise in aging and brain health, charting a path toward sustainable aging, and ensuring Nova Scotian innovations help all older individuals thrive,” said Dr. Allison Sekuler, Vice-President Research and Sandra A. Rotman Chair, Baycrest and Managing Director, CABHI.


More information on the program is available at www.cabhi.com or https://www.nshrf.ca/nsabhi



About Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)

The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation, led by Baycrest, is a solution accelerator for the aging and brain health sector, providing funding and support to innovators for the development, testing, and dissemination of new ideas and technologies that address unmet brain health and seniors’ care needs. Established in 2015, it is the result of the largest investment in brain health and aging in Canadian history. Spearheaded by Baycrest Health Sciences, CABHI is a unique collaboration of healthcare, science, industry, not-for-profit and government partners. CABHI’s objective is to help improve quality of life for the world’s aging population, allowing older adults to age safely in the setting of their choice while maintaining their cognitive, emotional, and physical well-being. For more information on CABHI, please visit: www.cabhi.com.

About Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF)

The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) exists to improve the health of Nova Scotians through health research. Founded in 2000, NSHRF achieves its mandate by  collaborating with partnersto support health researchers and fund research that reflects contemporary standards of excellence, and contributes to a vibrant, well-balanced health research community that is competitive nationally and internationally. For more information on NSHRF, please visit: www.nshrf.ca.

Media Contact:

Arielle Zomer, Senior Communications Specialist, CABHI, Tel: 416-937-5741, azomer@cabhi.com

Emily Faulkner,Communications Officer, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Tel: 902-424-1509, Emily.Faulkner@novascotia.ca


The latest edition of NSHRF's E-News is available. Read the REAL Issue, a message from our CEO Krista Connell, and find out about funding opportunities, conferences and more! 

Challenging the Notion of Success

Statistics show the forensic mental health system plays a pivotal role in the lives of people found Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder (NCRMD), according to Dr. Jamie Livingston, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Saint Mary’s University.  Despite this, research is disproportionately focused on individuals whose recovery was unsuccessful. Livingston thinks the success stories need to be told. In fact, he was awarded an NSHRF Establishment Grant to do just that.  

Click here to read this month's edition of NSHRF's E-News.