TORONTO, April 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Prize, established by the Friends of
the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (FCIHR) in collaboration
with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, recognizes exceptional
innovation by a visionary health leader of international stature.
President Fineberg will receive the Prize and deliver a public lecture
on September 18, 2013 in Ottawa. In 2014, he will undertake one or
more Institutional visits in Western Canada.
Under Dr. Fineberg's guidance, the Institute of Medicine of the National
Academy of Sciences produces 60 to 70 in depth studies per year, many
of which address public health practices, medical care, medical
education and health policies that guide many agencies of government
and other sectors. Dr. Aubie Angel, President of FCIHR, notes that
"Dr. Fineberg's public discussions are exceptional in their clarity,
objectivity and fundamental soundness".
Harvey V. Fineberg is President of the Institute of Medicine. He served
as Provost of Harvard University from 1997 to 2001, following thirteen
years as Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. He has devoted
most of his academic career to the fields of health policy and medical
decision-making. His past research has focused on the process of policy
development and implementation, assessment of medical technology,
evaluation and use of vaccines, and dissemination of medical
Dr. Fineberg helped found and served as president of the Society for
Medical Decision Making and has been a consultant to the World Health
Organization. At the Institute of Medicine, he has chaired and served
on a number of panels dealing with health policy issues, ranging from
HIV/AIDS to new medical technology. He also served as chairman of the
Health Care Technology Study Section of the National Center for Health
Services Research, and as president of the Association of Schools of
Dr. Fineberg is co-author of the books Clinical Decision Analysis, Innovators in Physician Education, and The Epidemic that Never Was, the latter an analysis of the controversial federal immunization
program against swine flu in 1976. He has co-edited several books on
such diverse topics as AIDS prevention, vaccine safety, and
understanding risk in society. He has also authored numerous articles
published in professional journals. Dr. Fineberg is the recipient of
several honorary degrees and the Stephen Smith Medal for Distinguished
Contributions in Public Health from the New York Academy of Medicine.
He earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.
The Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research was
established in 2005 by FCIHR in recognition of Dr. Henry Friesen's
distinguished leadership, vision and innovative contributions to health
and health research. The $35,000 Friesen Prize is awarded annually.
SOURCE: Friends of Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information:
please visit: www.fcihr.ca or call Cristina S. Castellvi (416) 506-1597.