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Open Access Commentary

Knowledge synthesis and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Ian D Graham

Author Affiliations

Knowledge Translation and Public Outreach, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 160 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0W9, Canada

Systematic Reviews 2012, 1:6  doi:10.1186/2046-4053-1-6

Published: 9 February 2012

Abstract

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada's premier health-research funding agency. We fund nearly 14,000 researchers and trainees in four theme areas: biomedical, clinical, health services, and population and public-health research. Our mandate is 'to excel according to international standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health care system'. Knowledge synthesis is a key element of the knowledge-translation objectives of CIHR, as outlined in our definition of knowledge-translation.