A Portfolio for Health Innovation – Canadian Institutes of Health Research Annual Report 2013–14

Providing Stewardship and Accountability

CIHR Governing Council

CIHR reports to Parliament through the Minister of Health. Its Governing Council comprises up to 18 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.

Dr. Alain Beaudet
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Mr. Keith G. Anderson
(until June 25, 2013)
Senior Policy Advisor and
Health Management Consultant
British Columbia

Dr. James Brien
(until June 25, 2013)
Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Queen’s University

Dr. Nadine Caron
Assistant Professor
Northern Medical Program
University of British Columbia

Mr. George Da Pont
(since August 12, 2013)
(Ex Officio, Non-Voting)
Deputy Minister
Health Canada

Ms. Maura Davies
President and Chief Executive Officer
Saskatoon Health Region

Mme Michèle Fortin
President and CEO
Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Paul E. Garfinkel
(since March 7, 2013)
Staff Psychiatrist
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Toronto

Dr. Terry Klassen
Director of Research
Manitoba Institute of Child Health
Associate Dean, Academic
Faculty of Medicine
University of Manitoba

Dr. Paul Kubes
Professor and Director
Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases
Faculty of Medicine
University of Calgary

Mr. Martin LeBlanc
President and CEO
Caprion Proteomics
Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Nicole Letourneau
(until March 2, 2014)
Faculty of Nursing
University of Calgary

Dr. Christopher W. Loomis
(until March 2, 2014)
Vice-President (Research)
Memorial University of Newfoundland

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

Dr. Terrance P. Snutch
(since June 6, 2013)
Professor and Canada Research Chair
Michael Smith Laboratories
Departments of Psychiatry and Zoology and
Brain Research Centre
University of British Columbia

Ms. Lori Turik
Executive Director
International Centre for Health Innovation
Richard Ivey School of Business
Western University

The Honourable Michael H. Wilson
Barclays Capital Canada Inc.
Toronto, Ontario

Ms. Glenda Yeates
(until August 11, 2013)
(Ex Officio, Non-Voting)
Deputy Minister
Health Canada

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.

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 Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (CIHR-IAPH)

Dr. Malcolm King
Simon Fraser University

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. Our pursuit of research excellence is enhanced by respect for community research priorities and Indigenous knowledge, values and cultures.

CIHR Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA)

Dr. Yves Joanette
University of Montreal

As Canada’s population ages, longer life expectancy should mean optimal health and wellness, and improved care for elderly people facing complex health challenges. CIHR-IA supports research to advance these priorities and provides leadership for the International Collaborative Research Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. CIHR-IA’s goal is to enable the creation of knowledge that can be used by all stakeholders to support high-impact, evidence-based approaches that benefit Canada’s aging population.

CIHR Institute of Cancer Research (CIHR-ICR)

Dr. Morag Park
(until July 31, 2013)
McGill University

Dr. Stephen Robbins
(since July 1, 2013)
University of Calgary

CIHR-ICR is committed to research that will make a difference for the health and well-being of Canadians faced with cancer. The Institute’s initiatives focus on prevention, early detection and monitoring, as well as on tailored therapies and care strategies that increase survival, minimize late effects and improve quality of life. CIHR-ICR continues to collaborate with all levels of partners to further these strategies, reduce the number of deaths caused by cancer, increase our understanding of this disease and improve outcomes.

CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (CIHR-ICRH)

Dr. Jean L. Rouleau
University of Montreal

CIHR-ICRH supports research on heart, lung, brain (stroke), blood, blood vessels, sleep and critical care. Conditions relating to these areas represent the major health burdens facing Canadians. By studying the factors that influence health and disease, including the roles of environment and behaviour, we can improve our ability to prevent, diagnose and treat these conditions. CIHR-ICRH is dedicated to supporting the research programs, projects, infrastructure and career development needed to achieve these goals.

CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (CIHR-IGH)

Dr. Joy Johnson
University of British Columbia

CIHR-IGH is more than a funding institute. We are an international leader in fostering research that explores how sex and gender influence health. Through our commitment to knowledge translation, we facilitate the application of these research findings to address pressing health challenges facing men, women, girls, boys and gender diverse people. We are multidisciplinary. We are international. We are shaping science for a healthier world. Have you considered the possibilities?

CIHR Institute of Genetics (CIHR-IG)

Dr. Paul Lasko
McGill University

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. CIHR-IG is addressing these challenges to develop solutions that benefit Canadians.

CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR)

Dr. Robyn Tamblyn
McGill University

CIHR-IHSPR focuses on the challenge of ensuring that high-quality health care is available to all those who need it, when and where they need it, and that Canada’s health care system is responsive, efficient and sustainable. We do so by fostering research excellence and innovation in the area of health services and policy research, supporting the brightest minds and catalyzing the application of research findings to policies, practices and programs that provide real-world benefits.

CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (CIHR-IHDCYH)

Dr. Shoo Lee
University of Toronto

CIHR-IHDCYH is dedicated to the process and integration of developmental, physical and mental well-being throughout the life cycle from a population perspective. By facilitating partnerships and working to accelerate the translation of new knowledge, CIHR-IHDCYH funds and promotes research that ensures the best start in life for all Canadians and the achievement of their potential for optimal growth and development.

CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity (CIHR-III)

Dr. Marc Ouellette
Laval University

CIHR-III strengthens and coordinates research on the immune system and infectious disease. We support research on emerging threats such as antimicrobial resistance, and responses to threats such as pandemic preparedness and vaccine development. We support knowledge creation and the integration of knowledge into the control and prevention of chronic disease, in areas including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, inflammation, human microbiome, transplantation, human immunology and immunotherapy, and environment and health. CIHR-III works to facilitate the impact of infection and immunity research.

CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (CIHR-IMHA)

Dr. Phillip Gardiner
Interim Scientific Director
(until April 14, 2013)
University of Manitoba

Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy
(since April 15, 2013)
University of Manitoba

Musculoskeletal (MSK) health is critical for promoting the physical activity needed to maintain mobility and overall health. Disorders such as arthritis and osteoporosis can trigger inactivity, degeneration and loss of productivity. Similarly, oral and skin health affect health and well-being. Through the promotion of innovation, translation, networking and capacity building, CIHR-IMHA is addressing the needs and gaps in MSK, oral and skin research communities, with a particular focus on initiatives that promote physical activity and mobility.

CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA)

Dr. Anthony Phillips
University of
British Columbia

From diseases of the central nervous system, to addiction, to mental ill health, to the five senses through which we interpret the world, CIHR-INMHA is concerned with discovering how the brain works and with seeking new ways of using this knowledge to improve the treatment of brain-related illnesses, which are recognized internationally as leading causes of life-long disability.

CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (CIHR-INMD)

Dr. Philip Sherman
University of Toronto

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.

CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH)

Dr. Nancy Edwards
University of Ottawa

CIHR-IPPH supports research on how complex biological, social, cultural and environmental interactions determine health and health gradients, and what population health interventions are optimal to prevent disease and improve health and health equity. Our research informs practices, programs, policies and resource distribution strategies within health and other sectors both in Canada and globally.

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.

Dr. Alain Beaudet

Dr. Jane E. Aubin
Executive Vice-President
(since April 20, 2013)
Chief Scientific Officer
Vice-President, Research and Knowledge Translation

Mr. James Roberge
Executive Vice-President
Vice-President, Resource Planning and Management
(until April 19, 2013)

Ms. Thérèse Roy
Chief Financial Officer
Vice-President, Resource Planning and Management
(since May 6, 2013)

Dr. Robert Thirsk
Vice-President, Public, Government and Institute Affairs
(until February 12, 2014)

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