Health minister announces first female chair of CIHR
2019-06-07 from thestar.com
VANCOUVER—Federal Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor announced that the newest chair of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research will be the first woman to hold the position and underscored the importance of gender equality in the health field.
The Wednesday announcement was made at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver, in conjunction with Women Deliver, an international conference on gender equality happening at the same time.
Dr. Jeannie Shoveller will hold the position as head of Canada’s national health research body, which oversees the investment of $1 billion each year into four major fields of health research nationwide: clinical, health systems services, biomedical and population health.
Based in Vancouver, Shoveller is a professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health and the research director of the BC Centre on Substance Use, with a focus on addictions and gender-based violence. She has contributed to over 200 papers and supervised over 70 masters and doctoral students.
Four other people were appointed as new members of the CIHR council, two of whom are women.
Petitpas Taylor stressed that lack of equitable research can have negative health outcomes for women.
“In health care, women’s needs are all too often overlooked,” she said.
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