November 13, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), along with CIHR's Governing Council, announced today the appointment of Dr. Cara Tannenbaum as incoming Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Gender and Health. This appointment will be effective January 1, 2015.
Dr. Tannenbaum is a Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Université de Montréal where she has held the Michel Saucier Endowed Chair in Geriatric Pharmacology, Health and Aging since 2008. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Tannenbaum has been nationally and internationally recognized for her outstanding achievements in geriatric, women's health and gender research. She received the May Cohen Gender Equity Award for her efforts to improve the gender equity environment in academic medicine in Canada, the CIHR Betty Haven's Knowledge Transfer Prize, and additional research awards from the North American Menopause Society, the American Geriatrics Society, and the International Continence Society. She is currently leading a clinical trial to improve healthy life expectancy for women across Canada, the UK and France. Through her research activities, she aims to reduce the stigma associated with incontinence issues, cognitive impairment, mental health and inappropriate prescribing for senior men and women. Dr. Tannenbaum obtained her medical degree and received specialty training in geriatric medicine, epidemiology and older women's health at McGill University.
In the position of Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Gender and Health, Dr. Tannenbaum will work with the Canadian gender, sex and health research community and stakeholders to identify research priorities, develop research funding opportunities, build partnerships and translate research evidence to improve the health of Canadians. Finally, as a member of CIHR's leadership team, she will participate in setting and implementing CIHR's strategic directions.
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