Supporting Innovation in Pharmacy for a Healthier Canada

Innovation Fund Grant

2019 Recipients
Dan Burton
Laura Murphy
Olavo Fernandes
Philippe Vincent

Since 2007 CFP has transformed more than $2 million in individual and corporate donations into awards, bursaries and scholarships for pharmacy researchers, innovators and leaders across the country. Grants from the Innovation Fund are a core component of CFP's commitment to support pharmacy for a healthier Canada.

CFP is currently accepting applications for 2020 grants. Up to $100,000 in total funding is available.

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Summary of Projects that Received Innovation Fund Grants in 2019

Expanding the Circle of Care for Mental Health

The "Mental Health Assessment and Prescribing by Alberta Pharmacists (MAP-AP)" research study led by Daniel Burton and the research team at University of Alberta seeks to evaluate the effect of a community-pharmacist monitoring and intervention program with patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder and/or general anxiety disorder, in comparison to usual care managed exclusively by the patient's primary care provider. Pharmacists' interventions may include prescribing, and the pharmacists will enage with patients' family physicians. The randomized controlled trial is funded with a CFP Innovation Fund grant of $50,000.

CannabisCareRx: The Pharmacist's Role in Medical Cannabis

Laura Murphy and Olavo Fernandes at the University Health Network have received $25,000 from CFP's Innovation Fund to develop Canada's first structured program to assist pharmacists with screening patients on their possible use of medical cannabis, and from there, if applicable, provide tools for assessment, documentation and referral. The program includes pharmacist education that emphasizes the development of communication skills specific to issues surrounding medical cannabis, including stigma. The researcherse will pilot the "CannabisCareRx" program in Ontario, with the intent to make it available to pharmacies across Canada. 

Coaching and custom app for patients with depression

Philippe Vincent of the University of Montreal and his research team are developing and piloting a smartphone app that's supported by pharmacist coaching in an effort to achieve a quicker treatment response for patients experiencing a new episode of major depressive disorder. The randomized, unblinded, multicenter intervention trial (entitled "SAD-APP: Self-rating App for Depression Aided by Proactive Pharmacists") will involve 300 patients at 30 community pharmacies. The app will regularly remind patients to use its self-assessment tools, and the results will be accessible to pharmacists in the coaching group. CFP is one of two funders for the project, contributing $50,000 from its Innovation Fund.


For more details on all of our grant recipients, see below.

Innovation Fund Grant Recipients

Philippe Vincent
Coaching & App for Depression, University of MontrealView More Details
Dan Burton
Interventions for mental health, University of AlbertaView More Details
Laura Murphy & Olavo Fernandes
Medical Cannabis, University Health NetworkView More Details
Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia
Prescription to ThriveView More Details
John Papastergiou
Vaccine adherence rates, University of TorontoView More Details
Paula Newman
Opioid stewardship, NorthWest Telepharmacy SolutionsView More Details
Saleema Bhaidani, Lisa Dolovich
Appointment-based model of practice, Whole Health Pharmacy PartnersView More Details

Dr. Feng Chang
High-dose, high-risk opioid use, University of WaterlooView More Details
Dr. Lori MacCallum
Diabetes follow-up, Banting & Best Diabetes Centre, U of TView More Details
Dr. Ross Tsuyuki
UTI Management, University of AlbertaView More Details
Dr. Barbara Farrell
Deprescribing, Bruyère Research InstituteView More Details
Dr. Line Guénette
Adherence e-tools, Laval UniversityView More Details
Sara Guilcher
Seamless care, University of TorontoView More Details

Christine Hughes, Terri Schindel, Rene Breault
Comprehensive Annual Care Plans in AlbertaView More Details
Tejal Patel, Dr. Linda Lee
Support for frail elderly, University of WaterlooView More Details
Sherilyn Houle
Travel medicine, University of WaterlooView More Details
John Papastergiou
Home-visit medication reviewsView More Details
Drs. Jeff Taylor and Kerry Mansell
Minor ailments, University of SaskatchewanView More Details

Drs. Carlo Marra & Larry Lynd
PHInDMORE (medication management), University of British ColumbiaView More Details
Pharmacists Manitoba
Smoking cessationView More Details
Certina Ho
Safety Alerts, ISMP CanadaView More Details
Lisa McCarthy
PRIME (personalized medicine)View More Details

Ontario Pharmacists Association, Green Shield Canada
Hypertension managementView More Details
Neil McKinnon
SafetyNET-Rx, Dalhousie UniversityView More Details

Dr. Lisa Guirguis
Pharmacist prescribing, University of AlbertaView More Details
2007 & 2008
Dr. Ross Tsuyuki
Chronic disease management, University of AlbertaView More Details