Dr. Tammy J. Clifford appointed CIHR Vice-President, Research Programs

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October 4, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Dr. Michael Strong, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tammy J. Clifford to the position of Vice-President, Research Programs, effective October 29, 2018.

Dr. Clifford is currently the Chief Scientist and Vice-President, Evidence Standards, at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), where she has served in a number of senior leadership roles over the past decade. She is also an adjunct professor with the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Clifford received her PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Western Ontario, and her BSc and MSc from McGill.

In the position of Vice-President, Research Programs, Dr. Clifford will provide leadership for the design, development, and administration of CIHR’s funding programs and science policies. As a member of CIHR’s executive team, she will work with Governing Council and Scientific Directors to help define and oversee the organization's strategic directions.

Dr. Clifford will replace Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews, who had been serving as Acting Vice-President since May 2017.


“I am delighted that Dr. Clifford has accepted to join the CIHR executive team. I have no doubt that her exceptional leadership abilities, understanding of the Canadian research landscape, and vast expertise in health technologies will be tremendous assets for our organization. As we prepare to welcome our new Vice-President, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews for her contributions as Acting Vice-President over the past year and a half.”
Dr. Michael J. Strong, President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

“I'm thrilled to be joining CIHR as its Vice-President, Research Programs. This is a critically important time for health research in the country, and I'm eager to work with the CIHR team and its stakeholders to shape a future for health research that will put Canada at the forefront."
Dr. Tammy J. Clifford, incoming Vice-President, Research Programs, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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