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Ann Toohey wins 2015 Albert Innovates - Health Solutions Scholarship

The AIHS Training and Early Career Development Programs focus on the development of the individual trainees and provide them the opportunities to gain broad experience within the health research environment to facilitate success in launching careers in academia, industry, government, or elsewhere. Aligned with Alberta’s requirement for Highly Skilled People in the research and innovation environment, the Training and Early Career Development Programs foster the development of future health research and innovation leaders and prepare them to be drivers of change in diverse settings and environments. Congratulations, Ann!


The Population Health Intervention Research Network (PHIRNET) was a six-year (2009-2015) Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). PHIRNET focused on four priority areas in PHIR: methods, economic evaluation, ethics and research governance, and interventions addressing social health inequalities. PHIRNET's internationally competitive trans-disciplinary training program provided trainees with opportunities to work with Canadian and international experts to develop core competencies related to PHIR. Trainees were also eligible for internships, graduate scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships, and participated in monthly webinars and annual Summer Institute. These opportunities enabled trainees to acquire a comprehensive understanding of PHIR, with special emphasis on training opportunities that require analytical methods and insights that transcend conventional academic boundaries, thereby creating a truly trans-disciplinary training environment.