CIHR announces chairs of new Institutes Advisory Boards

CIHR announced today the appointment of the chairs of its five new Institutes Advisory Boards (IABs). The process leading to the appointment of these five chairs by Governing Council began with an open call for applications launched on the CIHR website in early December 2015. The Nominating and Governance Committee followed a transparent, fair and merit-based process to duly review the profiles of all 453 applicants and identify the candidates who embodied the highest standards of excellence across biomedical sciences, clinical research, health services and policy, and population and public health, and who had the necessary experience and leadership skills to chair these new advisory bodies.

The new chairs are:

The chairs will provide independent, expert and relevant advice to CIHR’s 13 Institutes individually and collectively.

“With these appointments, we are fostering a spirit of collaboration and evidence-based practice among Institutes. By having access to a broad scope of advice, the Institutes will be in a unique position to respond to the major, cross-cutting health opportunities and challenges facing Canada today and in the future,” said CIHR President Dr. Alain Beaudet. “I’m very much looking forward to working with these five talented people.”

Chairs will play a key role in the operation of the IABs by, among other things, ensuring board members are able to deliver the best possible advice to Institutes and working with CIHR to recruit new members to the IABs.

IAB chairs are appointed by CIHR’s Governing Council and will serve an initial three-year term with the possibility for a second three-year term.

Over the coming weeks, chairs will be actively involved in selecting the members of their IABs, with a special emphasis placed on achieving diversity in terms of language, demography, geography, career stages and expertise. A seat on each IAB will be reserved for a member from the Indigenous community, and there will be an ethics expert on each IAB, as well.

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