Queen's and RMC launch Canada's first military and Veteran health research network
For the first time, a national network of researchers from universities across Canada has been launched to advance military and Veteran health research aimed at addressing the unique health needs of military personnel, Veterans and their families.
A jointly led initiative of Queen’s University and Royal Military College of Canada, the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) will include all interested Canadian universities in facilitating new partnerships, collaborations, funding and access to data and study populations.
“This institute will harness the national research capacity to ensure the men and women who serve our country have access to the most current healthcare knowledge possible,” says Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy professor Dr. Alice Aiken, director of the institute.
Representatives from twenty Canadian universities, Canadian Forces Health Services Group, Veterans Affairs Canada, Defence Research and Development Canada, and other military and Veteran organizations recently met and reached consensus on the necessity of working together to establish a coordinated, sustainable, pan-Canadian academic military and Veteran health research program. The universities and government representatives are committed to working collaboratively to build a national research program, which will be the foundation of CIMVHR.
The announcement follows the highly successful Military and Veteran Health Research Forum, which was hosted recently by Queen’s and RMC and attended by more than 250 delegates and special guests.
Unique physical, mental and social contexts of military service intimately define how military personnel, Veterans and their families deal with health throughout their lives. Currently, the number of Canadian Forces casualties and the breadth of health problems arising from military operations are greater than at any time since the Korean War. However, a coordinated national research program in military and Veteran health did not exist – until now.