Dr. Joy Johnson appointed new Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Gender and Health

    OTTAWA, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Alan Bernstein, President of the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), along with CIHR's Governing
Council, announced today the appointment of Dr. Joy Johnson as incoming
Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH). This
appointment is effective January 1, 2008.
    "Dr. Johnson is a welcome addition to CIHR's scientific leadership team,"
said Dr. Bernstein. "Her outstanding research accomplishments in women health
issues make her an ideal choice as the next Scientific Director of the
Institute of Gender and Health."
    Dr. Johnson is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of
British Columbia where she is co-director of two research units: NEXUS (a
multidisciplinary research unit focused on the social context of health
behaviour) and NAHBR (Nursing and Health Behaviour Research Unit).
    She was on the inaugural steering committee for the BC Centre of
Excellence for Women's Health, co-leader of the BC Network for Women's Health
Research and Chair of the Research Advisory Committee of the Michael Smith
Foundation for Health Research. In addition, she served and chaired research
review panels for CIHR and the National Cancer Institute of Canada.
    "I am honoured and delighted to have this opportunity to serve the gender
and health research community," said Dr. Johnson. "I look forward to working
with the other Scientific Directors, the CIHR-IGH team, and all IGH
stakeholders and partners to drive forward with programs that will allow
Canada to advance its research and innovation agenda for the benefit of
Canadians. By working together, we can build upon the outstanding foundations
set by Dr. Miriam Stewart, IGH's inaugural Scientific Director."
    Dr. Johnson's research focuses on health promotion and health behaviour
change. Her work explores the social, structural and individual factors that
influence the health behaviour of individuals. A major thrust of her work
focuses on sex and gender issues in substance use. She has a particular
research interest in the development and treatment of tobacco dependence and
other drug use. Her worked has been recognized with numerous awards including
the UBC Killam Research Prize.
    "I would like to thank Dr. Miriam Stewart for her exemplary leadership as
the inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health," said
Dr. Bernstein. "For the past seven years, Dr. Stewart has worked tirelessly
with her Advisory Board and many other groups to establish Canada's first
national research agenda on gender and health issues."
    "It has been a distinct privilege and pleasure to build timely and
transformative directions for health research in Canada with Dr Alan
Bernstein, other Scientific Directors, and CIHR staff during the past seven
years", said Dr. Stewart. "I have been delighted to contribute to the
unprecedented creation and impressive growth of this national research
institute which exerted influence within and beyond Canada's boundaries.
Together with over 60 national and international partners, talented staff,
committed Advisory Board members, and superb researchers, we at IGH remain
dedicated to improving the health of Canadians and the global community. With
the appointment of Dr. Johnson, I remain as optimistic about CIHR and the
future of health research today as I was when I started."
    CIHR is comprised of 13 Institutes, each led by an internationally
renowned 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

    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 catalyze 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 more than 11,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

For further information:

For further information: David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, (613)
941-4563, mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

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