Health care leaders gather to tackle tough issues including childhood obesity

    The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences to hold a symposium on obesity
    in children and a forum on measuring the benefits of medical research

    MONTREAL, Sept. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - It may not be spread by coughing or
sneezing, but it is an epidemic nevertheless - and it is out of control.
Childhood obesity rates have almost tripled in Canada over the past two
decades. One of every six Canadian kids aged 2 to 11 is clinically obese, and
more than one of every three is overweight. This epidemic will be addressed in
a special symposium at the annual meeting of the Canadian Academy of Health
Sciences in Montreal on September 17, 2007.
    The majority of developed nations, including the G10 countries, support
and benefit from a national health science academy. Both the U.S. Institute of
Medicine ( and the U.K. Academy of Medical Sciences
( are examples of national interdisciplinary health
academies that respond to questions and issues put to them from key
stakeholders: federal government, national non-governmental organizations,
industry, academia and major research organizations. In 2004, the health and
biomedical leadership in Canada established the Canadian Academy of Health
Sciences including fellows from all the health professions in the country. The
mission of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) is to provide
expert, timely and unbiased analysis of the most important issues relevant to
the health of Canadians. CAHS has now elected almost 200 Fellows from across
Canada through an annual nomination and peer review procedure that recognizes
those who demonstrate a record of outstanding and exemplary accomplishment and
who are well recognized by their peers nationally and internationally for
their discovery, innovation and leadership in health science.
    Numerous reports on the prevention of obesity have been produced
worldwide. These reports often deal with a description of the epidemic, health
consequences of obesity among youth and the potential of different
intervention strategies. The CAHS symposium will identify points of
convergence and divergence across reports, to determine the relevance of the
conclusions and recommendations for Canada, and especially to identify
innovative actions that could help fight the growing pandemic of obesity here
and elsewhere in the world.
    In addition, as part of the annual meeting, on September 18, 2007, CAHS
will hold a full-day forum to launch the Academy's major assessment on how to
measure the benefits that society receives from medical research. Invited
speakers include the Honourable John Manley, former Deputy Prime Minister of
Canada, André Picard of the Globe and Mail, and Alain Beaudet, President and
CEO of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ). This topic is of
great interest to government agencies, health charities, the drug and
biotechnology industry sector, and the academic community. More than 16 public
and private agencies are sponsoring this year-long assessment, including the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada's Research-Based
Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D), the Government of Ontario and the Public
Health Agency of Canada.
    The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences will also hold its annual
induction ceremony on the evening of September 18, 2007. A total of 43 new
Fellows are being inducted into the Academy. Listings of the new Fellows and
the existing CAHS fellowship are attached.

    CAHS New Fellows (2007)

    Penny Ballem                              Hélène Payette
    University of British Columbia            Université de Sherbrooke

    Francoise Baylis                          Grant Pierce
    Dalhousie University                      University of Manitoba

    Alain Beaudet                             Frank Plummer
    Fonds de la recherche en sante            University of Manitoba
    du Quebec

    Howard Bergman                            Marie-France Raynault
    McGill University                         Université de Montreal

    Donald Brooks                             Pamela Ratner
    University of British Columbia            University of British Columbia

    John Brosnan                              Paul Rennie
    Memorial University of Newfoundland       University of British Columbia

    Benoit Chabot                             Richard Riopelle
    Université de Sherbrooke                  McGill University

    Davy Cheng                                Irving Rootman
    University of Western Ontario             University of Victoria

    Harvey Chochinov                          Susan Sherwin
    University of Manitoba                    Dalhousie University

    John Denstedt                             Harvey Skinner
    University of Western Ontario             York University

    Allan Donner                              Arthur Slutsky
    University of Western Ontario             University of Toronto

    Francine Ducharme                         Sherry Stewart
    Université de Montreal                    Dalhousie University

    Nancy Edwards                             Jean-Claude Tardif
    University of Ottawa                      Universite de Montreal

    Mary Ensom                                Donald Weaver
    University of British Columbia            Dalhousie University
    John Esdaile                              Charles Weijer
    University of British Columbia            University of Western Ontario

    Carole Estabrooks                         Michael Wolfson
    University of Alberta                     Statistics Canada

    John Fairbrother
    Université de Montreal

    Diane Finegood
    Simon Fraser University

    William Fraser
    Université de Montreal

    Jeremy Grimshaw
    University of Ottawa

    Robert Hegele
    University of Western Ontario

    Alex Jadad
    University of Toronto

    Terry Klassen
    University of Alberta

    Franco Lepore
    Université de Montreal

    Andrew Macnab
    University of British Columbia

    Jeff Nisker
    University of Western Ontario

    Peter Paré
    University of British Columbia

                            Current CAHS Fellows

    Albert J. Aguayo          Robert Evans            Mary Law
    William Albritton         Thomas Feasby           Yvonne Lefebvre
    Tasso P. Anastassiades    B. Brett Finlay         Wendy Levinson
    Aubie Angel               Jean-Claude Forest      Peter Liu
    Jack Antel                Cyril Frank             David Locker
    Stephen L. Archer         John W. Frank           Jonathan Lomas
    Paul W. Armstrong         Henry G. Friesen        Donald Low
    Francois Auger            Abraham Fuks            James Lund
    Lorne Babiuk              D. Grant Gall           Nora (Noni) MacDonald
    Patricia A. Baird         Nicole Gallo-Payet      Peter Macklem
    Michael Baker             Jacques Genest          Stuart M. MacLeod
    Morris L. Barer           Phil Gold               Paul Man
    Renaldo Battista          Larry Goldenberg        G. B. John Mancini
    Michel G. Bergeron        Harry L. Goldsmith      Karen Mann
    Alan Bernstein            David Goltzman          Thomas Marrie
    Allan Best                Avrum Gotlieb           James G. Martin
    John Bienenstock          Paul Grand'Maison       Renee Martin
    Joan Bottorff             Jean Gray               S. Wayne Martin
    Michel Bouvier            Ronald D. Guttmann      Anne Martin-Matthews
    M. Ian Bowmer             Harvey Guyda            Christopher McCulloch
    Manuel Buchwald           Carlton Gyles           Ernest A. McCulloch
    Helen Burt                Vladimir Hachinski      Grant McFadden
    John A. Cairns            Antoine Hakim           Patrick J. McGrath
    Donald Calne              Judith Hall             Roderick McInnes
    Serge Carrière            Phillip Halloran        Bruce McManus
    S. George Carruthers      Pavel Hamet             John McNeill
    Carol Cass                J. Richard Hamilton     Graydon (Grady)
    Vincent Castellucci       David F. Hardwick        Meneilly
    Timothy Caulfield         Susan Harris            Jose Menezes
    Sylvain Chemtob           David Hawkins           Nadia Mikhael
    Ray Chiu                  Michael Hayden          Richard Morisset
    Anthony Chow              Rejean Hebert           Barbara Morrongiello
    Michel Chrétien           Carol Herbert           Janice M. Morse
    Michael Clandinin         Clyde Hertzman          Jean-Marie Moutquin
    John Conly                Philip Hicks            David S. Mulder
    Andre-Pierre              K. Wayne Hindmarsh      Bruce Murphy
     Contandriopoulos         Ellen Hodnett           T. J. (Jock) Murray
    Alastair Cribb            James C. Hogg           J. Fraser Mustard
    Richard Cruess            Martin Hollenberg       Reginald A. Nadeau
    Max Cynader               Yves Joanette           Arnold Naimark
    Abdallah Daar             Joy Johnson             Louise Nasmith
    Dale Dauphinee            Celeste Johnston        Stanley Nattel
    Jean Davignon             Jawahar (Jay) Kalra     C. David Naylor
    Dave Davis                George Karpati          Lindsay Nicolle
    Jacques de Champlain      Norah Keating           Linda O'Brien-Pallas
    Lesley Degner             Nuala Kenny             Hugh O'Brodovich
    Johanne Desrosiers        Wilbert J. Keon         Annette O'Connor
    Naranjan Dhalla           Kevin M. W. Keough      Christopher Overall
    Henry Dinsdale            Bartha M. Knoppers      Eliot Phillipson
    John Dirks                Otto Kuchel             Roger Pierson
    Ian R. Dohoo              Fernand Labrie          I. Barry Pless
    Diane Doran               Jean-Claude Lacaille    Barry I. Posner
    James Dosman              André Lacroix           Dorothy Pringle
    Andrée Durieux-Smith      Bernard Langer          Rémi Quirion
    Mostafa M. Elhilali       Andreas Laupacis        Raymond Rajotte
    Jeffrey Reading           Rafick Sékaly           Eugenio A. Rasio
    Domenico Regoli           Barry J. Sessle         Richard E. Tremblay
    Richard Reznick           Melvin Silverman        Jack Tu
    Carol L. Richards         Jacques Simard          Peter S. L. Tugwell
    Kenneth Rockwood          Peter Singer            Jacques Turgeon
    Allan Ronald              Bhagirath Singh         Jeffrey Turnbull
    Lawrence Rosenberg        Emil Skamene            D. Lorne Tyrrell
    David S. Rosenblatt       Ingrid Sketris          Jack Uetrecht
    Walter W. Rosser          Eldon R. Smith          Patrick Vinay
    Serge Rossignol           Michael J. Sole         Peter Walker
    Ori D. Rotstein           Matthew W. Spence       Keith Walley
    Guy Rouleau               Bonnie Stevens          Mamoru Watanabe
    Claude Roy                Miriam Stewart          Jeffrey I. Weitz
    Rima Rozen                Donald Stuss            Catharine Whiteside
    Ellen Rukholm             Roger A. L. Sutton      Douglas R. Wilson
    Robert B. Salter          Charles H. Tator        Sharon Wood Dauphinee
    Martin T Schechter        Sally Thorne            Donald Woods
    Ernesto L. Schiffrin      Aubrey J. Tingle        Salim Yusuf
    Hugh Scott                Johanne Tremblay

For further information:

For further information: Dr. Paul Armstrong, University Professor,
University of Alberta, (780) 492-0591; Dr. Martin Schechter, Professor and
Head, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, University of British
Columbia, (604) 822-3910; Ms. Alexandra Ouimet, Communications Advisor, Centre
hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, (514) 890- 8000, ext. 15380

Organization Profile

Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)

More on this organization


More on this organization

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890