Annual Report 2009-2010

Knowledge to Action: CIHR-Supported Health Research at Work for Canada and Canadians

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Providing Stewardship and Accountability

CIHR Governing Council
CIHR reports to Parliament through the Minister of Health. Its Governing Council comprises 20 Canadians who have been appointed by Order in Council to renewable three-year terms. Council members represent a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, reflecting CIHR's broad mandate and vision.

CIHR Institutes
CIHR is composed of 13 innovative Institutes. These Institutes bring together all partners in the research process – those who fund research, those who carry it out and those who use its results – to share ideas and focus on what Canadians need – good health and the means to prevent and fight diseases when they happen.

Each Institute is headed by a Scientific Director who is a leader in his or her field. Scientific Directors receive guidance from their Institute Advisory Boards, made up of volunteers from all areas of the health research community.

CIHR Executive Management Team
CIHR's Executive Management Team provides leadership and decision making for strategic, corporate policy and management areas that support and contribute to the strategic directions set out by the Governing Council.

Governing Council 2009–10

Dr. Alain Beaudet
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Mr. Keith G. Anderson
Senior Policy Advisor and Health Management Consultant
British Columbia

Dr. James Brien
Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Director of Research
Faculty of Health Sciences
Queen's University

Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov
Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Manitoba and
CancerCare Manitoba

Dr. Brett B. Finlay
Michael Smith Laboratories
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of British Columbia

Dr. Nicole Letourneau
Faculty of Nursing
University of New Brunswick

Dr. Christopher W. Loomis
President and Vice-Chancellor, Pro Tempore
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Patrick John McGrath
Vice-President Research
IWK Health Centre
Professor of Psychology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Dalhousie University

Dr. Bernard Prigent
Vice-President and Medical Director
Pfizer Canada
Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Ray Rajotte
Professor of Surgery and Medicine
Surgical-Medical Research Institute
Islet Transplantation Group
University of Alberta

Mr. Morris Rosenberg
Deputy Minister
Health Canada

Dr. Janet Rossant
Chief of Research
Hospital for Sick Children
Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology
University of Toronto

Dr. Jean L. Rouleau
Dean of Medicine
University of Montreal

Dr. Robert S. Sheldon
(until October 2009)
Professor of Cardiac Sciences, Medicine and Medical Genetics
Associate Dean of Clinical Research
University of Calgary
Vice-President Research
Calgary Health Region

Mr. H. Arnold Steinberg
Cleman Ludmer Steinberg, Inc.
McGill University Health Centre Foundation
MUHC Research Institute and Canadian
Patient Safety Institute

Dr. Bill Thomlinson
(until December 2009)
Executive Director
Canadian Light Source Inc.
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Cornelia Wieman
Indigenous Health Research Development Program
Assistant Professor
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto

CIHR Institutes

CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health (CIHR-IAPH)
CIHR-IAPH fosters the advancement of a national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada through research, knowledge translation and capacity building. The Institute's pursuit of research excellence is enhanced by respect for community research priorities and Indigenous knowledge, values and cultures.

Dr. Malcolm King
University of Alberta

CIHR Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA)
Adults over 65 years constitute the fastest growing age group in Canada. By the year 2026, one out of every four Canadians will be considered 'seniors', surpassing the number of children under the age of 15 in this country. CIHR-IA supports research in the field of aging to improve the health and quality of life of older Canadians by understanding and addressing or preventing the consequences of a wide range of factors associated with aging.

Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews
University of British Columbia

CIHR Institute of Cancer Research (CIHR-ICR)
CIHR-ICR has been coordinating cancer research across Canada in priority areas such as palliative and end-of-life care, establishing a model for the world. Future priorities span the continuum of cancer and include prevention, individualized cancer care, cancer stem cells and survivorship, with research training and capacity building being an overarching priority.

Dr. Morag Park
McGill University

CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (CIHR-ICRH)
Heart, lung and blood vessel diseases are the major health burdens facing Canadians – yet if we understood how our genes, the environment and our behaviour interplay to cause these common conditions, they might be preventable. CIHR-ICRH is supporting research that asks tough questions about the causes, consequences and control of these conditions.

Dr. Peter Liu
University Health Network
University of Toronto

CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (CIHR-IGH)
CIHR-IGH fosters research excellence regarding the influence of gender and sex on health, and applies these research findings to identify and address pressing health challenges. Gender and sex influence health in many ways that, if better understood, could inform interventions and programs designed to improve the health and well-being of women, men, boys and girls.

Dr. Joy Johnson
University of British Columbia

CIHR Institute of Genetics (CIHR-IG)
CIHR-IG supports research on the human and other genomes and on all aspects of genetics, basic biochemistry and cell biology. New advances in genetics and genomics, and in the understanding of how cells work, pose challenges to our health-care system and often raise complex ethical, legal and social issues. The Institute is addressing these challenges to develop solutions that benefit Canadians.

Dr. Roderick McInnes
Hospital for Sick Children
University of Toronto

CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR)
CIHR-IHSPR is helping the country meet the challenge of making high-quality health care available to all those who need it, when and where they need it, while also ensuring that Canada's health-care system is responsive, efficient and sustainable. It does so by supporting the brightest minds in health services and policy research, championing the development of the methods and tools that generate excellent research, and supporting evidence-informed health policy decision making.

Dr. Colleen M. Flood
University of Toronto

CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (CIHR-IHDCYH)
CIHR-IHDCYH promotes and supports research that improves the health and development of mothers, infants, children, youth and families in Canada and throughout the world. Through our support, researchers address a wide range of health concerns, including those associated with reproduction, early development, childhood and adolescence.

Dr. Michael Kramer
Montreal Children's Hospital
McGill University

CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity (CIHR-III)
CIHR-III led the charge against SARS and H1N1, orchestrating a rapid research response unprecedented in Canadian health research. Its strategic priorities are the immune system and infectious disease. Areas that fall under this umbrella include vaccine development, food and water safety and the federal government's initiatives in HIV/AIDS research.

Dr. Bhagirath Singh
(until December 2009)
University of Western Ontario

Dr. Marc Ouellette
(as of January 1, 2010)
Laval University

CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (CIHR-IMHA)
Move It or Lose It! Musculoskeletal (MSK) health, including muscle, joint and bone health, is dependent on optimal amounts of physical activity. MSK disorders such as osteoporosis and arthritis can limit mobility and ability to be physically active, creating a vicious circle of inactivity and MSK degeneration. CIHR-IMHA is working to better understand and treat MSK (including skin and oral) diseases and injury and to improve the health of Canadians by focusing on our flagship theme of physical activity.

Dr. Jane Aubin
University of Toronto

CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA)
From diseases of the central nervous system (e.g. Alzheimer's disease), to addiction, to mental ill health (e.g. schizophrenia) and to the five senses through which we interpret the world, CIHR-INMHA is concerned with how the brain works and with finding new ways to improve the outcomes of brain-related illnesses, which are recognized internationally as leading causes of life-long disability.

Dr. Anthony Phillips
University of British Columbia

CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (CIHR-INMD)
CIHR-INMD supports research that addresses the causes, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and palliation of a wide range of conditions associated with hormone, digestive system, kidney, and liver function. CIHR-INMD has identified four strategic priorities that will guide the Institute from 2010 to 2014: food and health; continuum of care; environments, genes and chronic disease; and seeking solutions to obesity.

Dr. Philip Sherman
University of Toronto

CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH)
CIHR-IPPH is supporting innovative research to understand the impacts of multi-level program and policy interventions on health improvements. This renewed focus requires researchers and other stakeholders to explore pathways to health equity so that all people can reach their full health potential regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic status.

Dr. Nancy Edwards
University of Ottawa

Executive Management Team

Dr. Alain Beaudet

Ms. Christine Fitzgerald
Executive Vice-President

Dr. Ian Graham
Vice-President, Knowledge Translation and Public Outreach

Dr. Pierre Chartrand
Chief Scientific Officer
Vice-President, Research

Mr. James Roberge
Chief Financial Officer
Vice-President, Resource Planning and Management

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