This week Dr. Salah Uddin Khan, Dr. Victoria Ng (Public Health Agency of Canada), and I had the great pleasure of attending the first CIHR Health Systems Impact Fellows Cohort Retreat in Toronto. Salah was awarded this prestigious postdoctoral award in the summer and began his fellowship in collaboration with the National Microbiology Laboratory this fall. The goal of these fellowships is to train PhD graduates in a way that focuses on both research and core competencies (such as project management, leadership, and change management) so that they can progress in their careers as leaders within the Canadian Health System. This was the first cohort retreat and it was a really excellent experience for both the fellows and their academic and organizational sponsors. I met many really interesting fellows who I expect will go on to do great things for the Canadian Healthcare system. One of the really amazing things about the inaugural HSI cohort? 80% of the fellows are women! I am looking forward to the next retreat in spring 2018.
It's a new year and that means that I have officially taken up my position as a new Canada Research Chair in Population Disease Modeling at the University of Guelph. I will miss many aspects of my former role at the Public Health Agency of Canada but I am really excited to be starting a new research program here in Guelph! In case you missed it, I did a brief interview with the Guelph Mercury when my chair was announced on November 14, 2013 to discuss my area of research. You can find the article here.
I am busy getting settled, unpacking my office, setting up computers and getting positioned to start recruiting new students for Fall 2014. If you are a student interested in graduate studies in my research group please review the Opportunities page of the website. New information will be available once the semester gets underway so check back often to see what we are up to.