WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - April 29, 2016) - Networks of Centres of Excellence

Three knowledge mobilization networks, including the Winnipeg-based Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK), will receive renewed support totalling $3.6 million from the Government of Canada to continue their work in putting scientifically validated best practices into the hands of the people who put it to use on the front lines.

Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, along with Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, today announced that TREKK will receive $1.2 million over three years to continue to connect the best research on pediatric emergency care with those who can put it into practice. The announcement was made on behalf of Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, at the University of Manitoba.

These investments are the result of the most recent competition for the Networks of Centres of Excellence Knowledge Mobilization initiative. Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (CYCC) and Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet) were the other two networks to receive renewed funding. Funded networks support knowledge transfer activities and collaborations among academia, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations in a variety of sectors.


"These networks demonstrate how the results of basic research can be used to inform evidence-based policies and practices. By putting the latest knowledge into the hands of people at the front lines, they help ensure that children and youth across Canada will receive better care and live in a safer environment."

- The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

"TREKK is a growing network of researchers, clinicians, health consumers and national organizations who are finding better ways to share knowledge and experience between general emergency departments, children's hospitals and academic institutions. We are proud to have them here in Winnipeg."

- Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre

"The Government of Canada's support for these NCE Knowledge Mobilization networks results in direct benefits to Canadians on a day-to-day basis. We are proud of the TREKK team and how their efforts help ensure that children in Manitoba, and across the country, can count on receiving the best possible emergency care, even if their doctor does not have specialized pediatric training."

- Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South

"CYCC, PREVNet and TREKK have demonstrated extraordinary value and made a very tangible difference in reducing bullying, improving emergency care for kids and helping youth who are at risk since they were created in 2011. We are proud to be able to continue supporting their work for another three years."

- Dominique Bérubé, Vice-President, Research Programs, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

"I congratulate Dr. Klassen and his team on this renewed funding and on the exemplary research undertaken by him and his team of scientists and clinicians. Their discoveries are transforming pediatric emergency care for children locally and nationally and saving lives."

- Dr. Digvir Jayas, Vice-President (Research and International) and Distinguished Professor, University of Manitoba

"We are grateful to the Government of Canada for its continuing support of Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK) and our vision that every child receives the highest standard of care, whether they are treated in a pediatric or general emergency department. This additional funding will allow TREKK to share the latest evidence in pediatric emergency care through innovative and engaging resources for both health providers and families and continue with efforts to expand TREKK's reach to all emergency departments across the country."

- Terry Klassen, Director, TREKK

Quick facts

  • TREKK (headquartered in Winnipeg, MB) shares knowledge and experience among general emergency departments, children's hospitals, and academic institutions to ensure that the latest knowledge about pediatric emergency care is put into common practice.
  • CYCC (headquartered in Halifax, NS) translates research into tangible policies and programs through national and local events; a web-based database of best practices; and knowledge synthesis reports on critical topics relating to mental health programming for vulnerable and at-risk young people.
  • PREVNet (headquartered in Kingston, ON) brings together a network of researchers and national organizations. Its initiatives, based on education, assessment, intervention and policy, are designed to stop bullying and victimization and create environments where children feel safe.
  • The NCE-KM program was created in 2011, and currently funds five networks. Other networks' mandates focus on cybersecurity and regenerative medicine.

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The Networks of Centres of Excellence, which manages the NCE-KM initiative, operates a suite of national funding programs on behalf of the three federal granting agencies-the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). NCE programs support large scale, multi-disciplinary collaborations between universities, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations, which focus Canada's research capacity on economic and social challenges, help commercialize and apply research breakthroughs, increase private-sector R&D, and train highly qualified people.

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