Dr. Malcolm King appointed Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health



    OTTAWA, Oct. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), along with CIHR's Governing
Council, announced today the appointment of Dr. Malcolm King as incoming
Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health
(CIHR-IAPH). This appointment is effective January 1, 2009.
    "Dr. King is a welcome addition to the CIHR leadership team and he joins
us at a critical time given the growing recognition at all levels of society
of the need to address Aboriginal issues, particularly health," said Dr.
Beaudet. "His accomplishments in Aboriginal health research and respiratory
health research will build upon the solid foundation created by the CIHR-IAPH
over its first phase of development."
    Malcolm King, a member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First
Nation, is a professor and an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
(AHFMR) Senior Scholar in the Pulmonary Medicine Division of the Department of
Medicine at the University of Alberta (U of A). He also heads the U of A's
Aboriginal Health Care Careers program and chairs its University Aboriginal
Advisory Council. He is the Principal Investigator of the Alberta ACADRE
Network for Aboriginal health research training, as well as a researcher in
respiratory diseases. He also served as one of the founding members of the
CIHR Governing Council from its creation in June 2000 until June 2004.
    Dr. King completed a Ph.D. in polymer chemistry at McGill University in
Montreal and fellowships at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot,
Israel, and the Meakins-Christie Laboratories at McGill University. He has
been a guest professor at several prestigious universities including the
University of Freiburg (Germany), the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), the
University of Bern (Switzerland) and the University of Auckland (New Zealand).
His areas of research interest include respiratory health issues among
Aboriginal peoples, health service delivery to vulnerable populations, the
interaction of education and health, airborne disease transmission and chronic
obstructive lung diseases. He is the author of some 160 scientific papers and
has supervised some 20 biomedical trainees.
    "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to serve the Aboriginal health
research community in this way. I'm committed to work within CIHR and with our
many partners in promoting good health and well-being for First Nations, Inuit
and Métis peoples in Canada and for indigenous peoples abroad through research
and knowledge exchange," said Dr. King. "I fully support the principle of
community participation in research, and I respect the knowledge and abilities
that communities have. I believe that working respectfully with communities
will help to achieve CIHR's quest for excellence in research that meets the
health needs of all Canadians."
    "I would also like to thank Dr. Jeff Reading for his extraordinary
leadership and vision in establishing CIHR-IAPH," added Dr. Beaudet. "Over the
past eight years, Dr. Reading has been instrumental in nurturing the growth of
the Aboriginal health research community. His work has helped launch an
exciting and innovative new program to increase the number of Aboriginal
peoples entering the field of health research and expand capacity across
Canada for this type of research. He was also responsible for the creation of
CIHR's ethics guidelines for Aboriginal health research, the first federal
funding guidelines developed for Aboriginal health research, which will ensure
that Aboriginal communities are involved in the research process, that the
research is culturally appropriate and that the participating communities
benefit from the research."
    "As the founding scientific director of the CIHR-IAPH I have had the
privilege to observe and participate in the phenomenal transformation of
health research in Canada. Governing Council and Dr. Beaudet have made a great
choice in the appointment of Dr. Malcolm King as the new scientific director.
I am certain that Malcolm will take aboriginal health research on a new and
exciting path," said Dr. Reading. "I would also like to extend my sincere
thanks to all institute advisory board members who supported the IAPH, the
amazing group of fellow scientific directors, senior management and corporate
staff and to the IAPH professional staff for their hard work, dedication,
expertise and experience."

    CIHR is comprised of 13 Institutes, each led by a Scientific Director,
responsible for championing health research at the highest levels of
international excellence, establishing and nurturing partnerships, as well as
fostering effective communication and knowledge dissemination. CIHR's
Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health (CIHR-IAPH) is dedicated to supporting
research and building research capacity in aboriginal peoples' health.

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more
effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and
support to nearly 12,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
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For further information:

For further information: David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, (613)
941-4563, Cell: (613) 808-7526, mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca; Jo-anne
Nugent, Director of Communications, University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine
& Dentistry, (780) 492-9651, Cell: (780) 975-4597, jo-anne.nugent@ualberta.ca


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