September 18 & 19, 2014 Forum and Annual General Meeting

This year’s forum is entitled Commercialization of Health Research for Health, Social and Economic Benefit.  As I’m sure you know, data supports our Federal Government’s perspective that Canada is lagging behind the rest of the developed world in commercializing its health research to create economic and social value for Canadians. This forum will focus on the current status of commercializing health research in Canada and it will identify some of the barriers, challenges and key opportunities that we have that can enable us to help turn that patter around.  Peter Nicholson, who has global insights to share with us, will present the  keynote address and we will hear from a variety of Canadian experts sharing their wisdom on what they have done, what they are doing and what they believe should be done to accelerate Canada’s progress, with evidence, in this area. Every participant will have a chance to have their opinions heard in breakout sessions before the end of the forum and every participant will leave with some ideas for action that can be adopted by our members and by the community to enhance commercialization of health research in Canada over the next few years.  We strongly believe that knowledge gained at this forum and its follow-up actions can enhance commercialization and thus will have health, social and economic benefits for Canada and beyond. The overall objective of the event is to discuss the status of commercialization of health research in Canada, including current barriers and potential solutions to enhancing commercialization pathways – to inform system improvements that will enhance commercialization and demonstrate the benefits of commercialization to improve health, social and economic outcomes in Canada. Beneficiaries of enhanced commercialization would include: academia, faculties of health sciences (FHS), academic health organizations (AHO), their researchers, their trainees, industry, government, and the ‘clients’ (patients, and families and the population they serve) nationally and internationally. Themes to be addressed during the Forum (in plenary and breakouts) include The current status of commercializing health research in Canada; The current challenges and barriers to commercialization of health research in Canada – from various perspectives; and some potential solutions to enhancing commercialization of health research in Canada. CAHS 2014 Forum and Event Program Event RegistrationEvent registration is $325.00 plus $125.00 for the Banquet.  A late registration fee of $375.00 will be applicable effective August 31, 2014.   To Register Now Click Here Accommodation:  Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON.  A block of rooms is being held on Wednesday, September 17 Thursday, September 18, and Friday, September 19, 2014.  Reservations:  Chateau Laurier Reservations  You may also telephone 1-800-441-1414 and quote the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences group rate.  The block of rooms will be available until it sells out or August 18, 2014 whichever comes first.  Book early to avoid disappointment!

September 19 & 20, 2013 Forum and Annual General Meeting 

Substance use and addiction have a tremendous impact on individuals and communities in our country and have been estimated to cost Canada around $40 billion per year.  There is a growing body of science regarding solutions to this challenge, but this is a complex societal issue where moral and emotional perspectives introduce a critical overlay to the available evidence. This is precisely the kind of challenge that the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences is meant to confront and accordingly, our annual Forum on September 19th, 2013 addressed the full spectrum of these issues. CAHS Program_Forum and AGM_September 2013

A lively scholarly debate on the resolution of whether or not the use of illicit substances should be legalized brought to a close an outstanding symposium focused on multi-disciplinary biologic approaches to understanding addiction, societal and environmental determinants of substance abuse, and innovations in our approach to addiction. Recordings of the Forum are linked below. We are most grateful to Michel Boivin, Laval University; John Cairns*, University of British Columbia; Columbia; Cam Wild, University of Alberta; Chief Wayne Christian, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council; Patricia Conrod, Université de Montréal; Prabhat Jha, University of Toronto; Sherry Stewart*, Dalhousie University; Marco Leyton, McGill University; Art Petronis, University of Toronto; Anthony Phillips*, University of British Columbia; and Franco Vaccarino, University of Toronto for their excellent presentations.  Debate:  For, Ethan Nadelmann, US Drug Policy Alliance; Against, Michel Perron, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse; For – Rebuttal, Senator Larry Campbell, Senate Standing Committees on Aboriginal Peoples and Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration; Against – Rebuttal, Peter Butt, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Panel Chair -Martin Schechter*, University of British Columbia.  * Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINANTS OF SUBSTANCE USE Early Childhood Experience, Michel Boivin, Laval University; Legacy of Residential Schooling, Chief Wayne Christian; Shuswap Nation Tribal Council; Impact of Substance Use on Global Health; Prabhat Jha*, University of Toronto BIOLOGIC APPROACHES TO UNDERSTANDING ADDICTION Epigenetics, Art Petronis  University of Toronto; What does neuroimaging tell us?, Marco Leyton, McGill University; Insights into the neural bases of addiction, Anthony Phillips*, University of British Columbia INNOVATIONS IN OUR APPROACH TO ADDICTION The Science of Harm Reduction, Cam Wild, University of Alberta;   Innovations in therapy, Franco Vaccarino, University of Toronto;  Targeted Interventions for Youth, Patricia Conrod, Université de Montréal  Slide Presentations: Michel Boivin_CAHS Forum 2013 Chief Wayne Christian_CAHS Forum 2013 Patricia Conrod_CAHS Forum 2013 Prabhat Jha_CAHS Forum 2013 Marco Leyton_CAHS Forum 2013 Art Petronis-CAHS Forum 2013 Anthony Phillips_CAHS Forum 2013 Franco Vaccarino_CAHS Forum 2013 Cam Wild_CAHS Forum 2013 DEBATE: BE IT RESOLVED THAT USE OF ILLICIT DRUGS SHOULD BE DECRIMINALIZED   For, Ethan Nadelmann, US Drug Policy Alliance; Against, Michel Perron, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse; For – Rebuttal, Senator Larry Campbell, Senate Standing Committees on Aboriginal Peoples and Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration ; Against – Rebuttal, Peter Butt, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan Professor Harvey V. Fineberg, 2013 Recipient of the Henry G Friesen International Prize in Health Research, gave an insightful luncheon address on “America’s Ambivalence about the Right to Health Care”.  The Paul Armstrong Lecture – recognizing leadership & commitment to advance academic health sciences through academic service and innovation at local, national and international levels and achievements that are truly extraordinary – was presented this year by Lorne Tyrrell who spoke to A life in discovery, translation, and commercialization of research focused on viral hepatitis.  Invited Scientific Presentations recognize and showcase exemplary research of our Fellows. This year’s presenters – Neil Cashman who spoke to Prions and prion-like diseases: Twisted sisters and Joy Johnson who spoke to Why Gender Matters to Public Health: A Tale of Three Studies – demonstrated best in class research; a hallmark of our Fellows.  Dr. David Sackett, a pioneer in the field of clinical epidemiology in Canada, was inducted as the 2013 Distinguished Fellow.

54 New Fellows Inducted to the Academy in 2013 The distinctive competencies of these distinguished individuals have led to accomplishments and academic service to the full breadth of academic health sciences that is truly remarkable.  The Induction Ceremony, led this year by Jocelyne Feine and Louise Potvin, celebrated their remarkable personal contributions.

Cecilia M. Benoit University of Victoria
Philip B. Berger University of Toronto
Christoph H. Borchers University of Victoria
Dina Brooks University of Toronto
Robert E. Burrell University of Alberta
Neena Chappell University of Victoria
Yves De Koninck Universite Laval
Roger G. Deeley Queen’s University
Paul Dorian University of Toronto
Jacalyn M. Duffin Queen’s University
Mark J. Eisenberg McGill University
Elizabeth A. Eisenhauer Queen’s University
Herbert Y. Gaisano University of Toronto
Lucie Germain Universite Laval
Carolyn C. Gotay University of British Columbia
D. Jane S. Green Memorial University of Newfoundland
Scott A. Halperin Dalhousie University
Stewart B. Harris University of Western Ontario
Michael D. Hill University of Calgary
Kendall Ho University of British Columbia
Scott Hofer University of Victoria
Prabhat Jha University of Toronto
Rita A. Kandel University of Toronto
John G. Kelton McMaster University
Laurence J. Kirmayer McGill University
Frederick A. Leighton University of Saskatchewan
Stephen J. Lye University of Toronto
Muhammad Mamdani University of Toronto
Phillip A. Marsden University of Toronto
John C. Marshall University of Toronto
Gregory J. Matlashewski McGill University
Lorne Brent Mitchell University of Calgary
Avery B. Nathens University of Toronto
Patricia J. O’Campo University of Toronto
John D. O’Neil Simon Fraser University
Barbara Papadopoulou Universite Laval
Thomas G. Parker University of Toronto
Vincent Poitout University of Montreal
Michael N. Pollak McGill University
Christopher Power University of Alberta
Proton Rahman Memorial University of Newfoundland
Ali H. Rajput University of Saskatchewan
Paula A. Rochon University of Toronto
Sean B. Rourke University of Toronto
Rebecca Jane Rylett University of Western Ontario
Elizabeth M. Saewyc University of British Columbia
J. Paul Santerre University of Toronto
F. Estelle R. Simons University of Manitoba
Duncan J. Stewart University of Ottawa
Sharon E. Straus University of Toronto
Samy Suissa McGill University
Michel J. Tremblay Universite Laval
Sunita Vohra University of Alberta
James G. Wright University of Toronto

September 20 and 21, 2012, Forum and Annual General Meeting

End of Life Care in Canada: The Last 100 Days marked the Academy’s 7th Annual Forum and Annual General Meeting at the Ottawa Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Dr. Deborah Cook and her planning team are congratulated on creating a program that stimulated what many considered to be our most exciting dialogue to date.  The Academy, while striving to increase Fellow engagement in meaningful ways, specifically designed the program to emphasize audience interaction and did so very successfully.  CAHS Forum Program_September 2012 How much have you thought about this universal human experience: the end of life? Whereas most of us have some personal experiences with this subject, care at the end of life care is not a private matter nor necessarily remote.  End of life care is delivered daily from coast to coast in our universal health care system, largely in a contemporary technologically-advanced hospital.  With a grounding plenary lecture, several mini-symposia and panel discussions reflecting national and international evidence on this topic, the program provided a state-of-the-art and state-of-the-science review of end of life care, sharing both present realities and emerging research.  This environmental scan of end of life care has implications for many stakeholders: patients, families, clinicians, policy-makers and all citizens.  Dialogue served to highlight current controversies, underscore unmet needs, and forge future directions to improve end of life care for all Canadians. The keynote address, from Daren Heyland, was followed by presentations from Drs. Paul Armstrong, Kerry Bowman, John Cairns, Deborah Cook, Sharon Carstairs, Sara Davison, Jocelyn Downie, Robert Fowler, Jonathan Howlett, David Kuhl, Andreas Laupacis,Graeme Rocker, Peter Singer, and Kelli Stajduhar.  The event closed with remarks from our President, Tom Marrie. The following articles have been published in a special series by Clinical Investigative Medicine: End of Life Care in Canada A Report from the CAHS Forum Deborah Cook, MD, MSc(Epid), FRCPC & Graeme Rocker, MHSc, DM, FRCP, FRCPC  Clin Inv­est Med 2013; 36 (3): E112-E113 INSPIRED Approaches to Better Care for Patients with Advanced COPD Graeme M Rocker, MHSc, DM, FRCP, FRCPC & Deborah Cook, MD, MSc(Epid), FRCPC  Clin Inv­est Med 2013; 36 (3): E114-E120 Burdens of Family Caregiving at the End of Life  Kelli I. Stajduhar, RN, PhD  Clin Invest Med 2013; 36 (3): E121-E126 End-of-Life Care in Canada  Robert Fowler, MDCM, MS, FRCPC & Michael Hammer, BSc Clin Inv­est Med 2013; 36 (3): E127-E132 The Inaugural Paul Armstrong Lecture In an expression of gratitude for Paul Armstrong’s vision and wisdom that continues to benefit and steer the Academy, we are delighted to launch this special Lectureship. Paul’s leadership and commitment to advance academic health sciences through academic service and innovation at local, national and international levels has led to achievements that are truly extraordinary.  This year’s recipient, Jean Rouleau, spoke to “How best to bring clinical, health systems and population health research forward in Canada over the next 10 years”. Henry G Friesen International Prize in Health Research Professor Marc Tessier-Lavigne, 2012 Recipient of the Henry G Friesen International Prize in Health Research, gave a luncheon address on “Brain development and brain degeneration: molecular control of nerve growth and pruning”. Invited Scientific Presentations by CAHS Fellows A new element introduced to the program this year was the opportunity to showcase the research of some of our Fellows.  These three quite varied but equally fascinating presentations included The Future is Aging: Canadian research priorities in global context by Anne Martin Matthews; Knowledge Translation – Where do we go from here? by Ian Graham; and Badgers, Cattle and People: The epidemiologic triad of bovine tuberculosis in Ireland by Wayne Martin. 53 New Fellows Inducted to the Academy in 2012 The distinctive competencies of these distinguished individuals have led to accomplishments and academic service to the full breadth of academic health sciences that is truly remarkable.  The Induction Ceremony, led by Drs. Paul Armstrong and Jocelyne Feine, included many family members this year adding to the warmth of our celebrations.

Benjamin Alman University of Toronto
Todd Anderson University of Calgary
William Avison University of Western Ontario
Ross Baker University of Toronto
Regina Browne McMaster University
Roy Cameron University of Waterloo
Ann Chambers University of Western Ontario
William Clark University of Western Ontario
Donald Cockcroft University of Saskatchewan
Kerry Courneya University of Alberta
Barbara Croy Queen’s University
Denis Daneman University of Toronto
Heather Dean University of Manitoba
Raisa Deber University of Toronto
Eleftherios P. Diamandis University of Toronto
Ivan George Fantus University of Toronto
Eduardo Luis Fabiano Franco McGill University
Jan Marshall Friedman University of British Columbia
Rebecca Fuhrer McGill University
Subrata Ghosh University of Calgary
Brenda R. Hemmelgarn University of Calgary
Sally Jody Heymann McGill University
William George Honer University of British Columbia
David A. Hood York University
Brian Patrick Kavanagh University of Toronto
Richard Brian Kim University of Western Ontario
Lorrie Allan Kirshenbaum University of Manitoba
Andrei V. Krassioukov University of British Columbia
Gary Lewis University of Toronto
Joel Lexchin York University
Christopher Warren Loomis Memorial University, Newfoundland
Andres M. Lozano University of Toronto
Gregory P. Marchildon University of Regina
Robin S. McLeod University of Toronto
Steven A. Narod University of Toronto
Christian C. G. Naus University of British Columbia
Peter William Nickerson University of Manitoba
Beverley Anne Orser University of Toronto
Marc Ouellette Universite Laval
Jacques Pépin Universite de Sherbrooke
Constantin Polychronakos McGill University
Linda Rabeneck University of Toronto
Kim Denise Raine University of Alberta
Reinhart Reithmeier University of Toronto
Molly S. Shoichet University of Toronto
Weihong Song University of British Columbia
Timothy Richard Stockwell University of Victoria
Marcello A. Tonelli University of Alberta
Rhian M. Touyz University of Glasgow
Christos Michael Tsoukas McGill University
Brian J. Ward McGill University
Eric M. Yoshida University of British Columbia
Bernard Zinman University of Toronto

September 15 & 16, 2011:  A Highly Successful Forum & AGM

The 6th Annual CAHS Forum and Annual General Meeting was held at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa on September 15 & 16, 2011. On the first day, a provocative and stimulating full day symposium was held entitled “Smarter Caring for a Healthier Canada: Embracing System Innovation” led by Brian R. Golden, the Sandra Rotman Chaired Professor in Health Sector Strategy at the Rotman School of Management, The University of Toronto, and The University Health Network.  An audience of 150 CAHS Fellows and invited guests interacted with panelists and speakers in this solutions-focused event that highlighted innovations that can truly change how the system operates and how care is experienced by Canadians.  Adapting the model of the Citizens’ Jury process, the event included a Community panel charged with responding to what they had heard about disruptive innovation, equity, efficiency and sustainability and how they saw the ideas and examples impacting on citizens who receive care from the health care system.  CAHS Annual Meeting 2011_Forum Summary Presenters this year included – Keynote:  Brian R. Golden. Equity: Nancy Edwards (presenter and panel chair)*; Margo Greenwood; Louise Nasmith*. Efficiency:  Jack Kitts; Patricia Kosseim; Robyn Tamblyn*; panel chair – Bartha Knoppers*. Sustainability: Don Drummond; Jeremiah Hurley; Kevin McNamara panel chair – Pierre-Gerlier Forest*. Citizen’s Jury: Cindy Blackstock; Sharon Sholzberg-Gray; Anne Snowdon; panel chair – André Picard.  *=CAHS Fellows Slide PresentationsEdwards_approved2; Golden_approved; Greenwood_approved; Hurley_approved; Kitts_approved; Kosseim_approved; McNamara_approved; Nasmith_approved; Tamblyn_approved2; Turnbull_approved In the evening, 45 new Fellows (see below) were inducted into the Academy together with the fifth Distinguished Fellow, Mr. Stephen Lewis.  Although unable to attend in person, Mr. Lewis joined us via video address and spoke passionately on the subject – “The Battle Against AIDS Can Be Won, But It Won’t Be Won: Why Not?”  The session ended on September 16th as Fellows attended the annual business meeting, listened to updates about ongoing assessments, potential future assessments and participated in lively discussion around impact and the effective dissemination of our work. The 2011 Distinguished Fellow – Mr. Stephen Lewis  An outstanding international champion for social justice and improved health of populations in developing nations across the globe whose achievements are truly extraordinary. 45 New Fellows Inducted At the 2011 Induction Ceremony the following outstanding individuals were welcomed into the Academy:

Paul Allison McGill University
Robert Armstrong University of British Columbia
Gerald Batist McGill University
John (Jack) Bend University of Western Ontario
Larry Chambers University of Ottawa
Susan Cole Queen’s University
Stephen Collins McMaster University
Dale Corbett Memorial University
Greta Cummings University of Alberta
Aaron Fenster University of Western Ontario
Gerald Fried McGill University
Jacques Genest McGill University
Vivek Goel University of Toronto
Ian Graham University of Ottawa
Jean Pierre Gregoire Universite Laval
Patrick Gullane University of Toronto
Gordon Guyatt McMaster University
Robert Hancock University of British Columbia
Robert Haynes McMaster University
Philip Hieter University of British Columbia
David Joseph Hill University of Western Ontario
Judy Illes University of British Columbia
Gerald Johnston Dalhousie University
Amira Klip University of Toronto
Ronald Labonte University of Ottawa
Anthony Lang University of Toronto
Richard Levin McGill University
Emile Levy Universite de Montreal
Ren-Ke Li University of Toronto
David Lillicrap Queen’s University
Joy MacDermiid McMaster University
Joaquin Madrenas University of Western Ontario
Christopher Mody University of Calgary
Stpehen Moses University of Manitoba
Vassilios Papadopoulos McGill University
Gilles Paradis McGill University
Debra Pepler York University
Brian Postl University of Manitoba
Andrew Potter University of Saskatchewan
Noralou Roos University of Manitoba
James Rutka University of Toronto
John Wallace McMaster University
Lori West University of Alberta
Samuel Wiebe University of Calgary
Stanley Zlotkin University of Toronto

September 30 and October 1, 2010:  AGM & Forum

The 2010 CAHS Annual Meeting was held at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa on September 30 – October 1, 2010. Click here to download the Program. Slide presentations are provided below. Keynote Tom Hudson; Epigenetics Arrowsmith; Epigenetics Kobor; Ethics Caulfield; Ethics Daar; Education Ensom; Education Thorne; Economics Peacock We concluded a highly successful Forum and annual general meeting in Ottawa on September 30 and October 1, 2010. On the first day, a provocative and stimulating full day symposium was held entitled “Personalized Health Care – Epigenetics, Ethics, Education, Economics”, led by Tom Hudson, President and Scientific Director, The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. More than 100 Fellows and guests interacted with panelists and speakers including – Cheryl H. Arrowsmith, Ontario Cancer Institute, University of Toronto; Morris L. Barer, Director, UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; Timothy Caulfield, Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta; Abdallah Daar, Professor of Public Health Sciences and of Surgery and Director of Ethics and Commercialization at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, University Health Network and University of Toronto; Mary Ensom, Director, Doctor of Pharmacy Program, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia; Robert G. Evans, Department of Economics and Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, University of British Columbia; Thomas Feasby University of Calgary; Jean Gray, Dalhousie University; Jeremy Grimshaw, Director, Centre for Best Practices, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa; Bartha Knoppers, Chair, Public Population Project in Genomics(P3G), McGill University; Michael Kobor, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Theapeutics, University of British Columbia; Roderick McInnes, Scientific Director, Lady Davis Institute, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University; Anita E. Molzahn, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta; Stuart Peacock, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia and BC Cancer Agency; Sally Thorne, Director, UBC School of Nursing; Gustavo Turecki, MD, PhD, Douglas McGill Director of McGill Studies on Suicide. Participants were treated to a thought-provoking luncheon talk from Shirley Tilghman, the 2010 Friesen Prize winner, on the subject of Educating for the Future of Biomedical Science.  The event, sponsored by the Council of Canadian Academies, was attended by The Honorable David C. Jacobson, the United States Ambassador to Canada. In the evening, 37 new Fellows (see below) were inducted into the Academy together with the fourth Distinguished Fellow, Dr. Calvin R. Stiller. Dr. Stiller participated in the ceremony welcoming the new Fellows and provided some entertaining remarks about his remarkable career and his thoughts on the remarkable work being achieved and the critical need for investment in health sciences research in Canada. The session ended on October 1st, as Fellows attended the annual business meeting and heard updates about ongoing assessment work and impact and participated in a lively debate on our future strategic directions. 37 New Fellows Inducted At the 2010 Induction Ceremony the following outstanding individuals were welcomed into the Academy. 2010 Distinguished Fellow – Calvin R. Stiller M.D. An outstanding physician, scientist and entrepreneur who has championed innovation in health and biomedical research, and it’s application, for health improvements that are truly extraordinary.

Aslam H  Anis University of British Columbia
Stephanie A  Atkinson McMaster University
Glen B  Baker University of Alberta
Allan B Becker University of Manitoba
Deborah J Cook McMaster University
Jay C Cross University of Calgary
Alba DiCenso McMaster University
Jocelyn G Downie Dalhousie University
Hani S El-Gabalawy University of Manitoba
Marvin J Fritzler University of Calgary
William A Ghali University of Calgary
Victor Han University of Western Ontario
Paul C Hebert University of Ottawa
Cyril M Kay University of Alberta
Walter E Kipp University of Alberta
George J Klein University of Western Ontario
Maryse Lassonde University of Montreal
Peter N Lewis University of Toronto
John F MacDonald University of Western Ontario
Brian A MacVicar University of British Columbia
Nancy E Mayo McGill University
Finlay A McAlister University of Alberta
Linda McGillis Hall University of Toronto
Jonathan B Meddings University of Calgary
Christopher J Paige University of Toronto
Claude Perreault University of Montreal
Anthony G Phillips University of British Columbia
Jean-Paul Praud Universite de Sherbrooke
Leslie L Roos University of Manitoba
James T B Rourke Memorial University
Moira Stewart University of Western Ontario
Gavin C E Stuart University of British Columbia
R Andrew R Tasker University of Prince Edward Island
Rui Wang Lakehead University
Kishor M Wasan University of British Columbia
V Wee Yong University of Calgary
Gerald  W Zamponi University of Calgary