ICES welcomes Dr. David Henry as President and CEO

    TORONTO, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Board of Directors of the
Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Board Chair Dr. Brian
Golden is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. David Henry as President
and Chief Executive Officer, beginning September 4, 2007. This announcement
follows an intensive recruitment process where highly qualified individuals
were sought in both domestic and international forums in order to fulfill this
significant role in information management and health services research in
    Dr. Henry joins ICES from the University of Newcastle in Australia where
he holds several appointments, including Professor of Clinical Pharmacology in
the School of Medicine and Public Health, Course Controller for the
Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics training program at the
University's Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Director
of the Newcastle Institute of Public Health. He is also the Director of the
World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Training in
Pharmacoeconomics and Rational Drug Use, based at the University of Newcastle.
Dr. Henry is a practicing internal medicine specialist and clinical
toxicologist in the Newcastle region, and is Chair of the Medical Staff
Council at the Newcastle Mater Misericordiae Hospital.
    "We are delighted and fortunate that Dr. Henry, a world-renowned
scientist and innovative thinker, will be leading ICES into the future as the
organization continues to grow to meet the increased demand for evidence to
support decision making, policy development and improved care delivery" said
Dr. Golden. "Not only does Dr. Henry bring a wealth of knowledge and
experience to his appointment at ICES, his international perspective on health
care issues will be of benefit to Ontario, and to Canada as a whole."
    Dr. Henry has worked with the WHO on a number of initiatives and has
expertise in international systems for the pricing of therapeutic drugs. He
has delivered invited national and international presentations on access to
medicines and drug pricing issues, and has conducted drug policy issues
courses for the WHO, Boston University and AusAid.
    "It is my privilege to be joining an organization of ICES' caliber, with
a reputation that is so highly regarded world-wide," said Dr. Henry. "The
pioneering work being undertaken at ICES is essential to creating sustainable
change as the Canadian health system evolves to meet growing needs and
expectations. I look forward to this exciting opportunity to work with such
highly-skilled and dedicated faculty and staff who, collectively, contribute
to creating a more responsive and effective health care system for everyone."

    ICES is an independent, non-profit organization that uses
population-based health information to produce knowledge on a broad range of
health care issues. Our unbiased evidence provides measures of health system
performance, a clearer understanding of the shifting health care needs of
Ontarians, and a stimulus for discussion of practical solutions to optimize
scarce resources. ICES knowledge is highly regarded in Canada and abroad, and
is widely used by government, hospitals, planners, and practitioners to make
decisions about care delivery and to develop policy.

For further information:

For further information: Kristine Galka, Media Relations Officer, ICES,
(416) 480-4780

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