CCS News

Dr. Cathy Kells Calls on the Federal Government to Fund “Bite-Sized” Health Innovations

Cathy KellsIn response to the recent launch of the federal government’s $950 million innovation supercluster initiative, CCS President Dr. Cathy Kells has published an opinion piece in The Hill Times that calls on the Trudeau government to funnel greater investment into “bite-sized” health innovations like the CCS Quality Project.

Dr. Kells’ article, published on June 28, acknowledges the significance of the large-scale “supercluster” funding for the area of health and biosciences; but expresses concern that many successful (but smaller-scale) health innovation projects across Canada are being overlooked in the process:

“The CCS’s ask for a $2.5 million annual investment in our innovative health initiative (which has already proven to be of high-value to physicians and patients) is significantly less than the earmarked $125-$250 million that each supercluster is slated to receive, and would improve the accessibility, responsiveness, quality, sustainability and accountability of the cardiovascular health care system.

Instead of funding successful “bite-sized” innovation projects such as ours that are at a risk of dying on the vine, however, huge investments are instead being made by the federal government into programs that have not yet even been conceptualized.”

Click here to read Dr.Kells’ article in its entirety.

For more information about the CCS Quality Project, visit our website.

(posted July 17, 2017)

CCS Meets with Ontario’s Deputy Health Minister About Quality Reporting

As part of the CCS’ ongoing advocacy efforts to build support for pan-Canadian cardiovascular quality reporting, Dr. Paul Dorian (Chair, CCS Quality Project) and Anne Ferguson (CEO) met with Dr. Bob Bell, Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and his staff at the Ontario legislature in Toronto last week.

Dr. Bell is the latest of several deputy health ministers across Canada who have expressed support for improved cardiovascular quality reporting, including:

Max Hendricks, Deputy Minister, Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Health
Dr. Carl Amrhein, Deputy Minister of Health, Alberta Health
Dr. Peter Vaughan, Deputy Minister, Department of Health and Wellness, Nova Scotia
Dr. Stephen Brown, Deputy Minister, British Columbia Ministry of Health

The CCS will continue to engage in advocacy efforts and high-level, face-to-face meetings with parliamentarians and other government stakeholders throughout the summer, as we prepare to submit an official request for federal funding for the Quality Project to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance’s annual pre-budget consultation process.

To learn more about the advocacy work of the CCS, visit our website or follow us on Twitter (@SCC_CCS) to stay up to date on our latest activities.

(posted July 17, 2017)

Competition Results: 2017 CCS Atrial Fibrillation Research Award

For the third consecutive year, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) is proud to announce the results of the 2017 CCS Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Research Award competition. This program, created to encourage clinical, health systems and population health research in the field of AF, has become an important initiative supporting CCS Members and early-career investigators.

Once again, 3 awards of $100,000 have been granted. Since 2015, CCS and our program partner, the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Pfizer Alliance, have invested over $900,000 in this program.

Read more.

(posted July 17, 2017)

 

In Memoriam – Dr. Charles Kerr

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Dr. Charles Kerr, 1949-2017

It is with profound sadness that the CCS announces the passing of a leader in the Canadian cardiovascular community. On May 19th, Dr. Charles Kerr (known to many as Charlie) passed away peacefully at St. Paul’s Hospital in British Columbia. Dr. Kerr, CCS President 2008-2010, was a prominent figure in cardiology known for his passion, exceptional leadership, clinical expertise and research. He will be remembered by many for founding the first electrophysiology program in Western Canada. A celebration of life is planned for July for family, friends and colleagues.

For more information on Charlie and his wishes, click here.

(posted June 19, 2017)

 New CJC Section Invites Submissions From Trainees; For Trainees

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The Canadian Journal of Cardiology (CJC) is excited to launch a new section designed specifically for trainees, and is inviting clinical and research trainees to submit non-academic articles related to trainee experiences.

The CJC Trainee Section will provide a platform for medical students, residents, PhD candidates and early-career clinicians/researchers to share their respective insights and experiences on a wide variety of topics, including career planning; work-life integration; unexpected challenges; and other training-related issues.
Articles will be published in the CCS' Society Pages, and offer an excellent opportunity for trainees to participate in practical knowledge translation and establish themselves amongst their peers and mentors.

If you know an outstanding trainee who has valuable expertise to impart, encourage them to submit to the CJC Trainee Section!
View the submission guidelines for more information.

(posted June 19, 2017)

 CCC Call for Abstracts Reminder

Abstract presentation will be different for 2017!

Oral Presentations will be replaced with Moderated Presentations. These take the best parts of an Oral presentation and the best parts of ePosterand Highlighted Poster presentations, to create a dynamic interactive presentation experience! Presenters will have more freedom to interact with other delegates, but still have the opportunity to present their original science to a broader audience!

Be sure to submit your original science before the deadline, May 2, 2017 at noon EDT! Start today by clicking here.

(posted Mai 1, 2017)

CCS and Affiliate Awards

Each year at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and its’ eleven affiliate organizations recognize the exceptional achievements of their members. These awards are given out to distinguish excellence within the cardiovascular community. These accolades include Annual Achievement Awards, Research Travel Bursary Awards, Best Abstract Awards, Fellowships and many others.

Applications close in early May. For more information on the Awards and how to apply, click here.

Remember, the CCS Trainee Research Award and Young Investigator Award close on May 2nd at 12 PM (EDT).

(posted Mai 1, 2017)

CCS Seeks Federal Funding for Pan-Canadian Cardiovascular Quality Measurement and Reporting

On February 7, 2017, CCS Quality Project Chair, Dr. Paul Dorian, met with the office of the Federal Minister of Finance in Ottawa, in advance of the 2017-18 budget release. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss funding for a national cardiovascular quality measurement and reporting system, based on CCS-developed quality indicators.  This was the most recent in an ongoing series of meetings with the federal offices of the Minister of Health, Minister of Innovation and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Discussions focus on the CCS pre-budget submission to the federal government, and build support and visibility for the CCS Quality Project.  

Budget 2017 is expected to be released by the federal government in late February/early March.  The CCS has been working with cardiovascular registries, research institutes and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) to collect, analyze and learn from high-quality, patient-level data. For more information about this pan-Canadian work, click here.

(posted March 2, 2017)