Message from the President: Departure of Dr. Joy Johnson from CIHR


It is with mixed emotion that I announce that Dr. Joy Johnson, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (CIHR-IGH), will conclude her term this fall to join Simon Fraser University as their Vice-President Research.

Dr. Johnson was appointed Scientific Director of CIHR-IGH in January 2008. Since taking over the helm of the Institute, she has been a strong advocate for the gender, sex and health research community and stakeholders, both in Canada and internationally, and an unwavering champion of the need to better integrate gender and sex considerations in all areas of health research.

Thanks to Dr. Johnson's leadership and vision, CIHR-IGH and its partners launched a major initiative into the area of boys' and men's health, helped shape the violence, gender and health research agenda, and fostered the development of a new sex and gender training curriculum. She spearheaded the development of a new CIHR Signature Initiative on work and health, co-led the CIHR Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples Signature Initiative and actively contributed to numerous other CIHR or stakeholder-led initiatives.

Finally, Dr. Johnson has also been an influential and respected member of Science Council and its sub-committees, for her foresight, expertise and collegiality.

Over the coming months, IGH staff in Vancouver and Ottawa, the Institute's Advisory Board, and senior CIHR management will work together to ensure that this leadership transition proceeds as efficiently and smoothly as possible.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Johnson on her appointment and wishing her all the success in her new role.  

Alain Beaudet, MD, PhD
President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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