Minister Clement Appoints New Member to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Governing Council

    OTTAWA, Sept. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of
Health, today announced the appointment of Christopher Loomis to the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Governing Council for a three-year term.
    "Dr. Loomis has demonstrated his strong expertise in the university and
health research field," said Minister Clement. "I am confident that his
experiences and achievements will enable him to contribute to furthering the
CIHR mandate of supporting the creation of new knowledge to improve the health
of Canadians."
    Christopher Loomis has been the Vice-President of Research at Memorial
University in Newfoundland since 2002. He has worked extensively to increase
the total research income for the university and was instrumental in obtaining
significant awards from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Genome Canada
and the Atlantic Innovation Fund. Dr. Loomis is also the current Chair of the
Board of Directors for CANARIE, Canada's Network for Advanced Research,
Industry and Education, as well as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board
of Health Canada.
    Dr. Loomis holds a degree in Biology, as well as a Masters in
Pharmacology and a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Queen's University.

    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.

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For further information: For media assistance contact: David Coulombe,
CIHR Media Relations, (613) 941-4563,; Erik
Waddell, Office of the Minister of Health, (613) 957-0200

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