Reviewers—the unsung players in health research

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Six uOttawa professors have received CIHR’s Outstanding Reviewer designation this year in recognition of their ongoing dedication to advancing peer review. Of the six, five are from the Faculty of Medicine—Drs. Bernard Thébaud, Jean-Marc Renaud, Kristin Baetz, Thomas Lagace and Morgan Fullerton—with Dr. Vanessa Taler of the Faculty of Health Sciences also garnering recognition.

In the context of granting, a reviewer looks at submissions to determine whether the project idea is novel and important, and whether the team can get the job done. A project might be poised to answer a burning question in biomedical science, but if the team lacks the chops on their CV and the tools in their facilities, they are unlikely to be funded. The best reviewers are able to communicate both green lights and red lights in a fair and supportive way that offers the applicant insightful, constructive takeaways.

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