The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) was built on the ideals of thinking big and investing in areas that matter to Canadians. The CFI makes financial contributions to Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research organizations to increase their capability to carry out high quality research. Since its creation in 1997, the CFI has ensured Canadian researchers have the tools — the cutting-edge labs, facilities and equipment — they need to push the frontiers of knowledge in all disciplines, and to contribute to the full spectrum of research — from discovery to technology development.
The CFI is celebrating its 20th anniversary with stories on how “Research Builds My Community”. The work of Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia member Kristin Campbell, along with women who have participated in research studies on undertaking exercise during chemotherapy, is featured. The purpose of the project was to test the feasibility and efficacy of adding exercise to the standard of care for breast cancer in B.C. Researchers had identified a gap in programming for women with breast cancer, since many would be reticent to visit a public gym because they were worried about infection or things like being noticed for not having hair. Some women are also participating in a longer-term study in Campbell’s lab. By observing and evaluating the patients' performances, Campbell hopes to be able to match gains in their physical condition with better response to treatment and quickened recovery. See the full story here.