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Dr. C. David Naylor, professor of medicine and president emeritus of the University of Toronto, will give a lecture on April 8, 2019 on the Bannatyne campus.

Visionary leader in health research, education and policy touches down at U of M

March 28, 2019 — 

One of Canada’s preeminent public health scientists, advocate for fundamental science and health-care innovation will present a public lecture April 8, 2019 on the Bannatyne campus.

Dr. C. David Naylor, professor of medicine and president emeritus of the University of Toronto, will visit the University of Manitoba as the winner of the 2018 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research. The lecture, entitled The Long Road to Precision Medicine, takes place from 12-1 p.m. in the Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Basic Medical Sciences Building.

Dr. Brian Postl, dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, said that Dr. Naylor has made a profound impact on the Canadian medical and health community. “His decades of research, education, administration and public policy experience at every level will no doubt engage and enlighten everyone who attends this prestigious lecture. We are honoured to host this national leader,” said Dr. Postl.

Naylor served as president of the University of Toronto from 2005 to 2013. Prior to that he was the dean of medicine at U of T from 1999 to 2005. From 1991 to 1998, he led the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). The Rhodes Scholar joined the U of T in 1988.

For almost 30 years, Naylor, a clinician-scientist has been active in public policy influencing many aspects of our health and scientific systems. He was involved in the transition of Canada’s Medical Research Council to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). In 2016 and 2017, he chaired the federal review of support for fundamental science that created The Naylor Report. He chaired the federal advisory panel on health-care innovation from 2014 to 2015. After the 2003 SARS outbreak, he headed Canada’s national review of public health. The SARS report put in motion the creation of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the appointment of the first chief public health officer in the country.

Naylor is the author or co-author of more than 300 scholarly publications – spanning everything from health economics to social history to public policy. He has served on editorial boards for several international medical journals.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame inductee has also been recognized with numerous awards from national medical and surgical societies in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

The Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research was established in 2005 by Friends of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (FCIHR) in recognition of U of M alumnus and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Henry Friesen’s [MD/58, B.Sc. (Med.)/58] distinguished leadership, vision and innovative contributions to health research and health research policy. The prize was created to recognize exceptional innovation by a worthy and accomplished speaker of international stature on topics related to the advancement of health research and its evolving contributions to society.

The lecture is part of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Edge of Science and Medicine Visiting Speaker Series. The event is sponsored by FCIHR and the Office of the Vice-Dean Research, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

The lecture will be livestreamed:

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