Funded initiatives

We will share details on all GSK funded independent medical education grants in Canada as part of our ongoing commitment to transparency.

In 2018, year to date, a total of $971,755 has been provided to support 29 independent medical education programs. These programs include:

  • The Laval University Knowledge Transfer, Training, and Prevention Chair on Respiratory and Cardiovascular Health, Development of an Animated E-Learning Tool for Evaluation and Treating Asthma
  • RESPIPLUS, Development of an Educational Program for Severe Asthma Inspired on the Model “Living Well With…”
  • International Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Canada, What Do the New Clinical Trials on COPD Mean for You? 
  • Canadian Collaborative Research Network, Strategies for Optimizing Herpes Zoster Immunization in Canadian Practice 
  • Pain Society of Alberta, Herpes Zoster and Post-Herpetic Neuralgia: Prevention and Management 
  • Queen's University, Preventing Meningococcal Disease – A Primer for Primary Care Physicians (re-accreditation) 
  • University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy, Pharmacists as Immunizers: A Special Supplement to the Canadian Pharmacists Journal 
  • Institute for Heart + Lung Health, Heart + Lung Health FEST 2018
  • Saskatchewan Health Authority, Spirometry Interpretation Training
  • GMF Village Santé, COPD-Guidelines
  • Herzl Family Practice Center, Spirometry Interpretation - Update on COPD Available Treatments
  • Pharmacists Manitoba, Update on Shingles Vaccines (session at Pharmacists Manitoba Conference) 
  • Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia, Adult Immunization Program for Pharmacy
  • Bleu Experts, Shingles: Which vaccine? For Whom? Session at Blue Travel Health Conference
  • Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina Area, Regina Vaccine Update
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Adult Immunization Tool Kit for Pharmacists 
  • Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists - PEI Branch, Comprehensive Review of Recent COPD Guidelines (GOLD)
  • Herzl Family Practice Centre, Update on Asthma guidelines, Differentiating Asthma vs. COPD, New Available Treatments
  • Continuing Professional Committee at Honoré Mercier de St. Hyacinthe Hospital Centre, Latest Trends in Pharmacology
  • Ontario Pharmacists Association, Asthma Management - The Essentials
  • Clinique Médical Longévité, Update on COPD: Interpretation of spirometry reports
  • Pharmacy Leaders of Tomorrow (PLoT), Reducing Disease Burden, Providing Innovative Supportive Care, and Building a Sustainable Service: Herpes Zoster prevention and the Role of the Pharmacist
  • Ontario Pharmacists Association, Delivering a Comprehensive Pharmacy-Based Vaccines Program
  • International Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Canada, Travel Health: A Focus on Hepatitis A&B
  • Canadian Thoracic Society, Pharmacotherapy in Patients with COPD - An Update
  • Canadian Collaborative Research Network, Uncontrolled Asthma: Which Patients to Refer and What to Do Pre-Referral (A Talks Program)
  • British Columbia Pediatric Society, Increasing Vaccine Utake: Parental Acceptance and the Pediatrician's Influence
  • Canadian Thoracic Society, CTS Speaker Series: Pharmacotherapy Update fir Patients with COPD
  • Canadian Collaborative Research Network, Uncontrolled Asthma: Which Patients to Refer and What to Do Pre-Referral (A Topic Review Program)

In 2017, a total of $610,000 was provided to support 15 independent medical education programs. These programs included:

  • The Canadian Thoracic Society, Precision Medicine in Asthma and the Role of Biologics (symposium presented at the Canadian Respiratory Conference)
  • The University of Calgary Division of Respiratory Medicine, Improving Respiratory Specialty Consultation and Education through Shared Care within Calgary and Area PCN's Family Practice Offices
  • The Canadian Collaborative Research Network, Prophylaxis and Management of Acute Exacerbation in COPD
  • The Canadian Pediatric Society, Decreasing Vaccine Hesitancy: Enhancing the Knowledge and Skills of Healthcare Professionals
  • Medicentres Canada, Inc., Travel Medicine Consultation Best Practice
  • Sinai Health System, 2017 Sinai Health System Influenza Vaccine Education Campaign
  • Family Physician Airways Group of Canada, The Complexity of COPD Diagnosis and Management: 2017 Canadian Thoracic Society COPD Guidelines Update
  • The Lung Association, Saskatchewan, RESPTREC Severe Asthma Course
  • The Canadian Thoracic Society, COPD Pharmacotherapy Update Knowledge Translation Tools and Resources
  • The Canadian Thoracic Society, Severe Asthma and the Role of Biologics
  • The Canadian Public Health Association, Adult Immunization in Practice: A Continuing Medical Education for Primary Care Providers
  • The Federation of Medical Women of Canada, Varicella Zoster Virus: From Chickenpox to Shingles
  • Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, Spirometry Interpretation Training
  • BC Pharmacy Association, Live Webinar: Herpes Zoster Vaccine Update: Recombinant Zoster Vaccine - The Evidence, Impact, Outcome, and Role of the Pharmacist
  • St. Paul's Hospital Respiratory Division, Centre for Heart Lung Innovation Seminar Series

In 2016, a total of $373,000 was provided as part of the Spring and Fall funding rounds. This funding was used to support five independent medical education programs. These programs included:

  • The Canadian Public Health Association, Symposium on Examining Vaccination Against Serogroup B Meningococcal Disease (MenB), given at the Canadian Immunization Conference
  • Laval University Chair in Knowledge Transfer, Education and Prevention in Respiratory and Cardiovascular Health, Training on the Therapeutic Education of Patients with COPD
  • Queen's University, Preventing Meningococcal Disease – A Primer for Primary Care Physicians
  • Queen's University, Childhood Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination in Canada: Debunking the Myths and Misconceptions through Counselling on Vaccine Efficacy and Safety
  • RESPIPLUS, Optimizing Your Practice with COPD Patients

Summaries of the independent medical education initiatives we fund in Canada each year will be posted upon completion of the selected activity.

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