Biography – IGH Scientific Director: Dr. Cara Tannenbaum

Dr. Cara Tannenbaum was appointed Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2015 and currently serves as Departmental Science Advisor for Health Canada.

She is a Professor in the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Université de Montréal and is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the May Cohen Gender Equity Award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine Canada.

Dr. Tannenbaum leverages her scientific experience and expertise to provide internationally recognized leadership on the integration of sex and gender-based analysis (SGBA) considerations into research, practice and policy. She has taken aim at the structures which support funding, conduct, and use of research in order to make science more equitable and, by extension, strengthen the quality, relevance, and impact of research. She champions the use of data to drive decision-making. Dr. Tannenbaum works with researchers and organizations nationally and internationally to catalyze policy and practice changes to increase representation of sex and gender from an intersectional perspective among those who conduct, as well as those who benefit from scientific research.

Dr. Tannenbaum obtained her medical degree at McGill University and subsequently obtained specialty training in geriatric medicine and older women's health. Her CIHR post-doctoral fellowship included clinical training in women's health and osteoporosis at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, a Master's degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from McGill University, and research training on sex hormones from the University of California in San Diego.

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