Message from the President: CIHR-IPPH Transition

Dr. Nancy Edwards, Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH), will complete her second and final term at the end of July 2016.

Since Dr. Edwards was appointed as Scientific Director of CIHR-IPPH in July 2008, she has been a stalwart champion of improving the health of populations and promoting health equity in Canada and globally through world-class research. Under her leadership, for example, the Institute developed a significant multi-year initiative to support research to address health equity at a population level. In collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada, CIHR-IPPH also re-launched the Applied Public Health Chairs program, which supports high quality population health intervention research. These initiatives will help policy makers tackle pressing health needs by providing the evidence that they need for public health planning and programs.  

Throughout the past seven years, Dr. Edwards has also advocated for the inclusion of health equity principles in wider CIHR initiatives. In this regard, Dr. Edwards has been a valued leader in supporting CIHR's efforts to advance global health research through her noteworthy contributions to the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases and the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health Program in Sub-Saharan Africa. Moreover, Dr. Edwards has contributed vastly to several CIHR pan-Institute initiatives, including as co-lead of the Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples, Community-Based Primary Health Care and Environments and Health Signature Initiatives.

Over the coming months, CIHR-IPPH staff and senior CIHR management will work together to ensure that this leadership transition proceeds as efficiently and smoothly as possible. Recruitment for a new Scientific Director for CIHR-IPPH will begin shortly. I am confident that the next Scientific Director will continue to provide the necessary vision and leadership to further build support for population and public health research.

Dr. Edwards has been a valued and dedicated member of CIHR's Science Council and its sub-committees, and her expertise and collegiality will be missed. In addition to her own outstanding contributions to health research in Canada, her commitment to training the next generation of population health researchers is helping to ensure that all Canadians can live their healthiest lives.

On behalf of CIHR, I would like to thank Dr. Edwards for her service to Canadians and the global community.


Alain Beaudet, M.D., Ph.D.
President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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