IGH Institute Advisory Board Members – Biographies

Gillian Einstein (Chair)
The Wilfred and Joyce Posluns
Women's Brain Health and Aging
Professor, Psychology
University of Toronto

Gillian Einstein is The Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Chair in Women's Brain Health and Aging and a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto and Guest Professor of Gender and Health at Linköping University in Linköping, Sweden. She has consulted on Female Genital Circumcision/Mutilation/Cutting (FGC) for the World Health Organization and, in 2010, she was Visiting Professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Harvard University.

Dr. Einstein received her AB from Harvard University and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied visual neuroanatomy. She has published in vision, Alzheimer disease, sex differences, and estrogens' effects on pain, sleep, memory and mood. Her current research is on the effects of estrogens and culture on women's biologies and she is funded to study cognitive and brain changes in young women who have had their ovaries removed before natural menopause. The overarching question of this research is: How do both sex and gender mediate women's brain health? Her broader interests encompass memory, masculinities, the long term effects of hormone treatment in trans individuals, mixed methods, and the bridge between our scientific understanding of the nervous system and larger concerns having to do with self, identity, feminism, and the nature of science.

Donald W. McKay (Vice-Chair)
Honorary Research Professor
Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Donald McKay is the Honorary Research Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and for 2018, the inaugural Visiting Scholar of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) in Ottawa.

His PhD was granted in animal science (physiology) by Michigan State University for his studies of neuroendocrine regulation of reproductive hormones. In addition to his interests in hormonal correlates of human and animal behavior, Dr. McKay studied clinical blood pressure measurement and for twenty years was involved in the production of Canadian clinical practice guidelines related to blood pressure prevention and control.

For the past ten years, Donald held senior administrative positions in Memorial's Faculty of Medicine in research, graduate studies and ultimately two terms as the associate dean of Memorial's MD program during which time, a new MD curriculum was implemented. Nationally, Dr. McKay serves as an AFMC appointee on the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS), and is the chair of its standards subcommittee. Among other activities, his involvement with AFMC in the past included membership on its Equity, Diversity and Gender committee, and currently, he is a member of its steering committee on the Student Portal for Visiting Electives where he chaired a group that implemented the first Pan-Canadian immunization form for visiting electives students.

Sofia Ahmed
Specialist, Nephrology
Professor, Department of Medicine
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary

Dr. Sofia Ahmed is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is the Vice-Chair of Research for the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary, a nephrologist and clinician-scientist with a focus on sex differences in human cardiovascular and kidney physiology and outcomes. Dr. Ahmed is an Advisory Board member for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Gender and Health, the Education Chair for the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences and is the Sex and Gender Champion of the CIHR-funded Canadians Seeking Solutions and Innovations to Overcome Chronic Kidney Disease (Can-SOLVE CKD), a pan-Canadian patient-oriented kidney research network. She completed her MD and internal medicine residency at the University of Toronto and a nephrology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals in Boston. She completed her Master’s in Medical Sciences at Harvard University. Dr. Ahmed is a strong proponent of the importance of mentorship and fostering excellence in the next generation of kidney and cardiovascular researchers.

Jacqueline (Jacquie) Gahagan
Full Professor
Interim Scientific Director, Healthy Populations Institute (HPI)
Affiliate Scientist, Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)
Director, Gender & Health Promotion Studies Unit (GAHPS Unit)
Dalhousie University

Jacqueline (Jacquie) Gahagan, PhD (Medical Sociology) is a Full Professor of Health Promotion in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University. Jacquie holds research associate positions with the Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence, the Health Law Institute, and the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute. Jacquie currently serves as the Interim Scientific Director of the Healthy Populations Institute and is an Affiliate Scientist with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Jacquie's program of health promotion research focuses on sex and gender-based analyses (SGBA+) of health inequities faced among marginalized populations at high risk for poor health outcomes through the development of effective policy and programming interventions. Prior to joining Dalhousie University, Jacquie worked in public health at the municipal, provincial and national levels in relation to harm reduction, HIV/HCV prevention, and tobacco use cessation.

Jacquie has been involved in issues of health equity, advocacy and activism for over three decades with a variety of rights-based and social justice-oriented community-based organizations such as the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Interagency Coalition for AIDS and Development, Stepping Stone, prideHealth, the Youth Project, among others. Jacquie and has been involved in a wide array of service to Dalhousie University, including as a member of the DFA Equity Committee, the University Employment Equity Committee, the University Senate, the Faculty of Graduate Studies Faculty Council, numerous faculty search committees, as an Academic Integrity Officer, as a member of the Health Sciences Research Ethics Board, and is a Founding Fellow of the MacEachen Institute.

Liisa Galea
Professor, Scientific Advisor WHRI, Editor in Chief FIN
Director, Graduate Program in Neuroscience
University of British Columbia

Liisa Galea is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, Director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, and a Scientific Advisor at Women's Health Research Institute at the University of British Columbia. Her research goal is to improve brain health for women and men by examining the influence of sex and sex hormones on normal and diseased brain states such as depression and Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Galea obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Western University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Rockefeller University. Dr. Galea is a Distinguished University Scholar, is a twice winner of the NSERC-Discovery Accelerator Supplement, and has won the Michael Smith Senior Scholar Award, Cattell Sabbatical Award, and the Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction award (Technology, Science, Research). She was recognized as a Fellow at International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS). She has over 130 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals with an H index of 49. Dr. Galea is the chief editor of FiN (Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology IF: 9.425), an editor of eNeuro, and serves/served on the editorial boards of Endocrinology, Hormones and Behavior, and Neuroscience. Dr. Galea served on peer review panels for National Institute of Health, CIHR, and NSERC. She has held operating grants from CIHR and NSERC for 15-20 years respectively, and secured over $6.5M as PI. She is an elected council member of Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) and IBNS, and serves on the Advocacy and EDI committees for Canadian Association for Neuroscience.

Ian Graham
Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health
University of Ottawa

Ian Graham, PhD, FCAHS, FNYAM FRSC is a Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa and Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Professor Graham's research focuses on knowledge translation and in particular the process and impact of researchers working collaboratively with knowledge users (integrated knowledge translation). He is the recipient of an inaugural Canadian Institutes of Health Research 7-year Foundation Grant entitled, “Moving knowledge into action for more effective practice, programs and policy: A research program focusing on integrated knowledge translation.”

Genesa M. Greening
President + CEO, BC Women’s Health Foundation

Genesa M. Greening is a Certified Fund Raising Executive whose two decades of work in Canada, Africa, and the United States have seen her advise more than twenty charitable causes in fundraising over $300 million.

As the President + CEO of BC Women's Health Foundation, Genesa collaborates with those who share her commitment to gender equity in healthcare and invests in charitable causes that deliver social change. Genesa has received the distinctions of being chosen by the Women’s Executive Network as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada and by Business in Vancouver as a Forty Under 40 Award winner and was recently shortlisted as a 2019 YWCA Women of Distinction Award nominee.

She serves as Chair of a women’s cancer collaborative in BC whose membership includes representatives from the VGH + UBC Hospitals Foundation, UBC School of Medicine, and BC Cancer Foundation. Genesa was also responsible for securing a $10 million federal investment in cervical cancer research - the single largest government investment in cervical cancer research. She has served as a member of the Prime Minister’s Women Deliver National Council and is a member of the World Health Organization’s Working Group on Advocacy and Communications for the Cervical Cancer Elimination Initiative. She has previously served on the Vancouver’s Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health & Addiction as well as the Mayor’s Women’s Advisory Committee.

As an award-winning business leader, an unapologetic feminist, and relentless optimist driven to change women's experiences in the healthcare sector, she is committed to ensuring women have equitable access to the highest quality healthcare when, where and how they need it.

Ineke Klinge
Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for Gender at the European Commission

Ineke Klinge chairs the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for Gender at the European Commission. Its mandate is to provide advice to the Commission Services on integration of the gender dimension in research and innovation content. In 2015 she was visiting professor at the Institute of Gender in Medicine (GiM) at Charité, Berlin. She has a background in biomedical sciences and gender research. As associate professor of Gender Medicine at Maastricht University (1998-2014) her work focused on innovation of methodologies for biomedical and health research. Since 2000 she has coordinated many EU projects of which the most recent one was the Gendered Innovations project together with Londa Schiebinger from Stanford University. This project developed methods of sex and gender analysis for basic and applied research. When appointed as guest professor of Gender Medicine at the University of Göttingen, Germany (winter term 2008-09) she published with Claudia Wiesemann the book Sex and Gender in Biomedicine. Theories, Methodologies, Results (University press Göttingen, 2010). She is currently involved in EU projects as f.e. EUGenMed, GenCad, TRIGGER, LIBRA, Gedii and serves on the advisory board of the Institute for Gender and Health (Canada, until 2016) and the European Institute for Women's' Health (EIWH). She is a member of the Dutch Alliance for Gender & Health that developed a research programme focusing on integration of sex and gender analysis in health research and -care. This programme received a 4-years funding from the Dutch Ministry of Health in 2016 and she is a member of the programme committee. In October 2017 the Alliance for Gender & Health was transformed into the Dutch Society for Gender & Health of which she is the first president.

France Légaré
Full Professor
Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine
Université Laval

First trained as an architect, France Légaré practices family medicine in Quebec and is a full professor in the Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine Department at Université Laval, Quebec.  In 2005, she obtained her PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr. Annette O’Connor. The same year, she was awarded a grant as a clinical investigator by the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) for her research program entitled "Health professionals in primary care: From knowledge brokers to decision brokers."

From June 2006 to May 2016, Dr. Légaré held the title of Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Shared Decision Making and Knowledge Translation, junior level. As of June 1st 2016, she holds the title of Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Shared Decision Making and Knowledge Translation. She was also the Canadian Cochrane Network Site representative at Université Laval (the CHU de Québec Research Centre) from 1999 to 2013 and, from 2013-15, its inaugural scientific director. She now acts as its scientific co-director.

Michael Sean McMurtry
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
University of Alberta

Dr. McMurtry is an adult cardiologist and vascular medicine physician who practices at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute at the University of Alberta. He was educated at the University of British Columbia (B.A.Sc. ‘94), Dalhousie University (MD '98), the University of Alberta (FRCPC General Internal Medicine '01, FRCPC Adult Cardiology '06, and PhD Experimental Medicine '06), and at the Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard University (Vascular Medicine, '07). He has an independent research program focused on basic, clinical, and population health research relevant to various forms of cardiovascular disease, including coronary artery disease, thoracic aortic disease, peripheral artery disease, and venous thromboembolism. He is currently the graduate program co-ordinator in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta, and the program director for the clinical investigator program in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. He also serves as the chair of the guidelines committee for the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.

Harlan Pruden
Educator, Chee Mamuk
British Columbia Centre for Disease Control

Harlan Pruden is a proud member of the Cree Nation, or nēhiyaw in Cree. Harlan's mother is from the Beaver Lake Reservation and father from the Whitefish Lake Reservation, both located in northeastern Alberta – Treaty 6 territory. After living in New York for 20 years, Harlan moved to Vancouver and now lives, works and plays on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the shared territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Harlan works with the Two-Spirit community locally, nationally and internationally. Harlan is currently a Ph.D student at UBC's Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program and is focusing on historical images of Two-Spirit individuals. Harlan is also an Educator with the BC Center for Disease Control's Indigenous public health program, Chee Mamuk and the Managing Editor of Two-SpiritJournal.com, an interactive multi-platform Two-Spirit media/news site. Closer to home, Harlan is a board member for Qmunity, the home for Vancouver's LGBT, Queer and Two-Spirit community and was just appointed by the City of Vancouver as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Vancouver Public Library. Harlan serves as a representative to the International Indigenous Peoples Working Group on HIV/AIDS.

Before moving to Vancouver, Harlan was co-founder and Director of the New York City's NorthEast Two Spirit Society and served as the principal Two-Spirit consultant to US' Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center and Trans Care BC. In August 2014, Harlan was appointed by President Obama to the US Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and provided advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health & Human Services and the White House. (In December 2018, Harlan was fired from PACHA by Trump via Fedex.)

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