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Usher Institute Annual Lecture and Showcase 2020
Usher Institute Annual Lecture and Showcase 2020

Dr Jeannie Shoveller, Vice President, Research and Innovation, IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Canada and Chair of Governing Council, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Title: Health sciences in a changing world: Where to from here?

Abstract: A pandemic of COVID-19 infection and associated health, social and economic sequelae, coincident with worldwide calls for social justice, equity and diversity – 2020 indeed offers a changing world for the health sciences. As health scientists grapple with unprecedented challenges in the face of rapidly evolving structural and operational contexts, many also are lifting their heads to consider the broader horizon and asking “where to from here?” As the COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated, science, particularly the health sciences, can unite or divide society. Fault lines also are being exposed within the scientific community itself, as an underlying competitive ethos continues to bubble – whether in the search for a “Thousand Talents” or the push towards “Endless Frontiers”. The capacity for a wide range of science, including social sciences and humanities scholarship, to also strengthen collaboration and to foster trust within and across societies also requires examination, if we are to realize the potential benefits of health sciences in an equitable and just manner. Professor Shoveller will discuss potential future directions, including efforts to level the scientific playing field and initiatives that recognize equity issues as integral to excellence in scientific pursuits – offering perspectives of where we might go from here and potential implications for transforming health in society.

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Oct 28, 2020 02:00 PM in London

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Jeannie Shoveller
Dr @IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Canada
Prior to joining the leadership team at IWK, Professor Shoveller had a distinguished academic career as a Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, where she also served in a number of leadership roles including as the Associate Director of the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity, the Director of Research for the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, and the Director of Epidemiology and Population Health at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. In 2019, Professor Shoveller was appointed as the new chairperson of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Governing Council, marking the first time a woman has served as chairperson of the council. Professor Shoveller also is a member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.