The Maternal Infant Child and Youth Research Network is a federal not-for-profit, charitable organization founded in 2006 to build capacity for high-quality applied health research. It now links 20 maternal and child health research organizations based at academic health centres in Canada; is affiliated with more than 20 practice-based research networks; provides support to new and emerging teams; and has established strong national and international partnerships.
A large amount of research is conducted by teams with investigators based at multiple sites across Canada. Often these groups work independently, in silos, but deal with similar issues and face barriers to conducting multijurisdictional research. MICYRN is working to address these challenges.
MICYRN is unique in the world for this type of collaborative engagement. Working together in a coordinated fashion enables the sharing of innovations and reduces duplication of effort and resource use, which means more funds can be spent on doing research.
verb 1. bring together or into contact so that a real or notional link is established.
MICYRN is forging collaborations that foster the exchange of ideas and innovations, which in turn helps achieve economies of scale. The network’s cross-country foundation of support and important connections to research initiatives also help to ensure strong proposals are developed and are ultimately successful. This connection enables the broad communication of results, thereby allowing the greatest impact.
MICYRN’s key Canadian health care partners are linked in the Child & Youth Health Coalition , which enables a coordinated response to important child health issues and bridges the divide between researchers, families and healthcare providers. This guarantees research is relevant to families and has the greatest impact. International Research Partnerships ensure Canadian involvement in global initiatives to improve maternal and child health.
verb 1. make (an action or process) easy or easier.
MICYRN aims to facilitate multijurisdictional research by addressing national and international barriers to collaboration in order to achieve efficiencies and optimize the investment in research.
MICYRN’s working groups in clinical research informatics and research ethics involve representatives from member organizations, and provide researchers with important resources. Expert opinion in these key areas can help shape proposals, facilitate multi-site studies, achieve efficiencies, and deliver results, all of which optimizes the investment in research.
MICYRN's coordinating centre staff with complementary skills provide services including meeting logistics, stakeholder communication and knowledge translation, and financial, project and strategic management. All members have access to these services, which would otherwise be costly to acquire individually.
verb 1. cause or accelerate (a reaction) by acting as a catalyst.
Often strong ideas and proposals need assistance in order to move from theory to action. A key MICYRN objective is to act as a catalyst to build capacity, and stimulate and inform future research.
verb 1. give (someone) facts or information; tell. verb 2. give an essential or formative principle or quality to.
MICYRN initiatives intend to inform best practices in order to advance the quality and impact of research. Members have ease of access to harmonized international best practices in ethics, law and social issues (ELSI), saving the time and cost of independent reviews. Moreover, linking the MICYRN investigator community to ELSI working groups can help to shape recommendations that provide pragmatic solutions to real world issues.