The Canadian Hematology Society (CHS) is a professional medical society that was founded in 1971. The organization continues to grow and keep pace with innovations and best practices. Today our membership includes hematologists, hematopathologists, hematology trainees and hematology research scientists from across Canada.
Our mission is to lead and influence hematology clinical practice and research in Canada through being a recognized and valued voice of the Canadian hematology community. In part, our mission is achieved by promoting lifelong learning through continuing medical education, continuing health education, and education at the annual meeting as well as fulfilling some of the maintenance of certification requirements. Our mission is further achieved by the advancement of young scientists, clinicians and investigators through fostering of innovative and ultimately practice-changing hematology research.
Our main goals are to maintain the integrity and vitality of the specialty of hematology, by participating with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in designing training programs for our successors, encouraging and rewarding scholarly research, and providing a forum for communication and mutual support for all of our colleagues in community and academic settings.
The key activities of the CHS include research grants, recognition awards, and engaging our members through an interactive website and updates on an ongoing basis. The Society provides news on job opportunities, research projects and competitions and special events. Most of the news content is membership derived. We do, however, welcome submissions from our non-physician partners, including patient support groups and corporate sponsors.
A special feature of the CHS website is a password-protected, members-only login area with opportunities for continuing medical education, academic case reviews, an interactive forum and a convenient members’ messaging function.
CHS Awards include:
- The Annual Research Abstract Awards are granted annually to hematology trainees in the categories of PhD & Post-Doc and Residents & Fellows. Two prestigious awards in the Residents & Fellows category are the John H. Crookston Award and the Stephen Couban Award.
- The CHS Lifetime Achievement Award is presented for outstanding contributions to the field of hematology that has been recognized in Canada and beyond. Recent winners of this award are Dr. Victor Blanchette, Dr. David Lillicrap, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario and Dr. Armand Keating, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario.
- The CHS presents a Paper of the Year Award for the best hematology paper in Canada.
- The annual RK Smiley Research Awards. Courtney Jones, PhD, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre most recently received the award for Identification of Glutathionylated Proteins in the Mitochondria of Leukemia Stem Cells. The RK Smiley Research Grant Program provides start up grants of $20,000 for innovative pilot research projects that hold great potential for future and lead to larger follow-up studies funded by competitive funding from CIHR or other national grant funding agencies.
The CHS Awards Evening, held in December each year at the ASH annual meeting, is the Society’s “must-attend” event.
Partnering with CHS
Membership dues do not support the full cost of running the society and fulfilling our education and research mission. It is through industry sponsorship that we are able to continue our important professional activities. We rely on the generous sponsorship from our industry partners.
As one of the world’s leading professional medical societies concerned with the causes and treatments of blood disorders, the CHS offers a variety of opportunities for industry to support our educational programs. Our sponsorship levels each have their own benefits as outlined below.
| Passes to the CHS Awards Gala
|Acknowledgement on the CHS website and printed material as appropriate|
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