Health innovation through science-based policy

Issue 11, February 2013



Welcome to the eleventh issue of Council E-News, your source for updates on the Council's assessments, corporate activities, its Member Academies, and science in Canada.


President's Message


Elizabeth Dowdeswell, President and CEOHappy New Year! We are once again at a time of new beginnings and new resolutions. Who among us hasn't promised to eat better and exercise more? Since health is top of mind at this time of year, we decided to give this newsletter a health-based theme.

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Expert Panels at Work

On February 26th, the Council will release the Expert Panel report, Water and Agriculture in Canada: Towards Sustainable Management of Water Resources.

The agricultural sector is an important contributor to Canada's prosperity and well-being. The food sector, in which primary agriculture plays a vital role, contributes approximately $100 billion per year in economic activity, and accounts for approximately 1 in 7.5 jobs. There are substantial opportunities for Canadian agriculture in the coming decades, as the global demand for food is expected to double by 2050. However, there are also many challenges, such as competition for water, land, and other resources. The uncertain impact of climate change and climate variability will also place increased stress on agricultural production.   Read more.




Fellow in Focus


Dr. Stuart MacLeod, FCAHS    


In this issue of Council E-News, we speak with Dr. Stuart MacLeod, FCAHS, Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and former Vice President Research Coordination and Academic Liaison for the Provincial Health Services Authority of British Columbia.


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Spotlight On...


Dr. Michael Humer is a thoracic surgeon working in central British Columbia, where he serves an elderly patient base living in a large, sparsely populated area. The biggest challenge to providing effective healthcare to his patients is their ability to access the system.

His solution is telemedicine.

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The Council will be at the  

2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston!


We will be hosting a workshop with TRIUMF and SSHRC featuring Dr. Eliot Phillipson, Dr. Timothy Meyer, and Dr. Chad Gaffield. The workshop, Introduction to Canadian Research Excellence: Evidence & Examples, will take place in Room 205 at the Hynes Convention Centre on February 15th at 11:00 a.m. Learn more.





During the first week of December 2012, Canadian and international leaders in the field of immunization convened in Vancouver, BC, for the 10th Canadian Immunization Conference, Excellence in Immunization: Empowering, Engaging and Educating hosted by the Public Health Agency of Canada. This year, a major focus of the conference was the improvement of immunization in Canada, not simply through advancing science and public policy but through clearly communicating information about vaccine safety and effectiveness to the public. Read more. 



Around the Council


Welcome to our new interns, Aatif Baskanderi, Rachel Savidge, and Megan Dodd. Aatif has a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering (Co-op) from Memorial University and a M.Sc. in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Megan has an H.B.Sc. from McMaster University, and transferred directly from the Masters into the PhD program in Biomedical Engineering at McMaster University. Rachel has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Option from the University of New Brunswick (UNB). She has a Master of Applied Science in Engineering Physics from McMaster University. Read more.



News From the Academies

This section features news from the Council's Member Academies: the Royal Society of Canada; the Canadian Academy of Engineering; and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  Read more



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President's Message

Expert Panels at Work

Fellow in Focus

Spotlight On...


Around the Council

News from the Academies



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The potential for three-dimensional printing to reshape how we live and consume is astounding. At some point, customers demanding a new item or toy, having tweaked the design to suit their preferences, may simply be able to press print at their nearest three-dimensional printer to receive it.  

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