IPPH Scientific Director: Dr. Nancy Edwards

Nancy Edwards is a Distinguished Professor, University of Ottawa, and Full Professor in the School of Nursing. She was appointed Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research in July, 2008 and Director of the Interdisciplinary Population Health PhD Program at the University of Ottawa on July 1, 2015. Dr. Edwards obtained her undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Windsor and completed graduate studies in epidemiology at McMaster University and McGill University. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and has been awarded two honorary doctorate degrees.

Dr. Edwards’ clinical and research interests are in the fields of public and population health. She has conducted health services, policy and clinical research both nationally and internationally. Her research has informed the design and evaluation of complex multi-level and multi-strategy community health programs. Her work in global health has spanned four continents where she has led both development-oriented and research-focused projects.

Dr. Edwards has contributed to over 200 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and 125 technical publications. She has presented over 400 conference papers. She has served on numerous advisory committees. Recent examples include the international expert advisory committee for Public Health Research in Horizon 2020 (EU Commission); the advisory council for the Canadian Population Health Initiative; and a joint technical task group of the National Research Council that is reviewing building code recommendations for ramps, stairs, handrails and guards.

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