Pharmacologist on national health research council
Pharmacology and Toxicology professor James Brien has been re-appointed for a second three-year term to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Only 16 Canadians are selected to this key decision-making body.
Dr. Brien, Research Director for Queen's Faculty of Health Sciences, focuses in his own research on the therapeutic or toxic action of a broad spectrum of drugs, and has led a number of multi-university, interdisciplinary studies.
In her appointment letter to Dr. Brien, Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq wrote, "The Government of Canada is pleased to have taken this decision, given your extensive expertise related to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and the substantive contributions you have made to Governing Council for the past three years."
The federal government's premier agency for health research, CIHR's objective is to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system.