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Health scientists lead the way
Posted Wednesday, September 28, 2011 9:45 AM
Three Faculty of Medicine professors have been inducted as fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). Drs. Stephen Moses, Brian Postl and Noralou Roos were inducted into the Academy during a ceremony held in Ottawa. Fellows of the Academy are elected by their peers on the basis of their demonstrated leadership, creativity, distinctive competencies and commitment to advance academic health sciences. Membership is considered one of the highest honours for members of the Canadian health sciences community and carries with it a covenant to serve the Academy and Canadian society. CAHS, like the Institute of Medicine in the United States, is positioned to provide advice on the most pressing health issues relevant to our society.

“We congratulate these researchers on this prestigious honour,” said Digvir Jayas, U of M vice-president (research and international). “Recognition of their leadership in the academic health sciences milieu is much deserved and we applaud their continued dedication to research and improvement of the health of populations in Canada and around the world.”

Stephen Moses (medical microbiology), is a physician and scientist who has made major contributions internationally to understanding biological and behavioural risk factors for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), particularly HIV infection, and translating research findings into practice. Over the past 25 years, he has been at the forefront of investigating and integrating into programs three major innovations for HIV prevention: improved management and control of other “conventional” STIs; implementation of targeted, peer-led educational interventions for high-risk populations; and male circumcision for reducing HIV susceptibility among men. These initiatives have had far-ranging impact in improving the health and well-being of vulnerable populations globally.

Brian Postl (medicine) is dean of Medicine at U of M, and a distinguished senior pediatrician and academic physician who has contributed significantly to the health and welfare of children particularly in Northern communities through his active efforts in developing patient-based programs with a community health perspective. As a life-long caregiver and manager, he has been a creative leader at the senior administrative level in launching organizations and developing policies that address the needs of the most disadvantaged groups in society, particularly the First Nations people in rural Canada. His vision and leadership strengths are now evident nationally as board chair of the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) and board chair of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.

Noralou Roos (community health sciences), founded the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and created a population database for understanding why some people are healthy and others are not. She received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to create Canada’s first data laboratory and was awarded a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Population Health. Citations to Roos’ work place her among the top 100 Canadian scientists (all fields, all institutions) according to The Institute of Scientific Information. She was a member of the Prime Minister’s National Forum on Health, the Medical Research Council, the Council setting up the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and awarded the Order of Canada.
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