Muhajarine will continue SPHERU Healthy Children work

July 11, 2014

SPHERU’s Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine has been appointed Interim Executive Director of the University of Saskatchewan School of Public Health, effective July 1, 2014.

Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine
Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine

The appointment is for one year, as the university conducts a national search to find a public health leader to take on the role on a permanent basis.

“I am confident that under Nazeem’s leadership, the school will enhance its potential to have a real impact on issues important to communities in Saskatchewan and around the globe,” Interim Provost and Vice-President Academic Ernie Barber said in a news release.

The release highlights Muhajarine’s background, including his work with SPHERU and his eight years as head of the university’s Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in the College of Medicine: co-leading the Canadian Index of Wellbeing: Healthy Populations report in 2011; serving as the lead on knowledge translation for a national Network of Centres of Excellence in neurodevelopment until 2013; reviewing academic programs in public health, epidemiology and community health for the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies; and serving on national review panels for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) on population and child health.

Muhajarine will chair a Heart and Stroke Foundation research review panel later this year and is leading a new CIHR-funded Saskatchewan network examining the efficacy of primary health care initiatives, the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR).

He will continue to lead SPHERU’s Healthy Children research team during his secondment to the School of Public Health.


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