Dr. Philip M. Sherman appointed Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes

    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. Philip M. Sherman as incoming
Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes
(CIHR-INMD). This appointment is effective January 1, 2009.
    "Dr. Sherman is a welcome addition to the CIHR leadership team," said
Dr. Beaudet. "His accomplishments in gastrointestinal research and proven
leadership make him the ideal candidate to take CIHR-INMD forward, building on
its success to date."
    Dr. Sherman is currently a Professor of Paediatrics, Microbiology and
Dentistry at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto; holds a
Canada Research Chair in Gastrointestinal Disease at the University of
Toronto; and is the Associate Director of the Institute of Medical Science at
the University of Toronto. He completed his medical degree (M.D.) at the
University of Calgary and is a Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) in Paediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy
of Pediatrics (FAAP). His areas of research interest include disease-causing
gastrointestinal bacteria, and probiotics. He is the recipient of many awards
including the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) Visiting
Professor Award (2008) and the Institute of Medical Science, Mel Silverman
Mentorship Award (2007).
    "I am grateful to the CIHR for the opportunity to serve in this position.
I am excited about and looking forward to working together with the Institute
Advisory Board (IAB) of the CIHR-INMD, investigators in the research
community, and with partners in charitable foundations and industry," said
Dr. Sherman. "Together, we will advance knowledge in the field, build bridges
and enhance cooperative research efforts, and work to improve the overall
health and quality-of-life of Canadians."
    Dr. Sherman is also the author of some 200 articles in prestigious
journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Infection and Immunity,
and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States
of America (PNAS), the editor of 3 textbooks, and the author of multiple book
    "I would also like to thank Dr. Diane Finegood for her extraordinary
leadership and vision in establishing CIHR-INMD," added Dr. Beaudet. "Over the
past eight years, she helped bring new energy and dynamism to Canadian
research on obesity and healthy body weight. With the support of her IAB and
staff, she helped build and enhance vital partnerships with government, health
charities and the private sector. She also spearheaded a number of innovative
research opportunities and programs such as Canada on the Move and research
into policy and program interventions affecting obesity."
    "It has been a tremendous privilege to serve CIHR as the inaugural
Scientific Director for INMD and I am pleased to be passing on the reins into
the very capable hands of Dr. Sherman," said Dr. Finegood. "I know Dr. Sherman
will bring a fresh perspective and renewed vitality to address the many health
research challenges that are part of this Institute's mandate."
    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-INMD
supports research to enhance health in relation to diet, digestion, excretion,
and metabolism; and to address causes, prevention, screening, diagnosis,
treatment, support systems, and palliation for a wide range of conditions and
problems associated with hormone, digestive system, kidney, and liver

    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. 

For further information:

For further information: David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, (613)
941-4563, Cell: (613) 808-7526, mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca; Janice
Nicholson, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), (416) 813-6684,
janice.nicholson@sickkids.ca; Paul Cantin, University of Toronto Faculty of
Medicine, (416) 978-2890, Paul.Cantin@utoronto.ca

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