4THUR-Future Directions and collaborative opportunities - John Challis (MED)

John Challis, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health and Medical Research)

Winthrop Professor John Challis commenced his position as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Health and Medical Research in February 2014 for a two-year period. His role is to provide academic leadership in driving the institution and its collaborators, particularly in Western Australia, to increase the WA share of the National Health and Medical Research funding, and medical and health sciences funding from all other sources.

John also holds the title of University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, and Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia and at Simon Fraser University. He is Principal of LHC, Life Health Consulting, based in Vancouver BC.

John completed his training at the Universities of Cambridge, UC San Diego and Harvard and held a junior research fellowship at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, before moving to Canada. More recently he served as Chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto, and later as Vice President Research and Associate Provost of that University. He was the inaugural Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health and served as President and CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research In Vancouver BC. Author of more than 500 peer review papers and chapters, he has trained more than 100 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and held in excess of $25 million peer reviewed research funding. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Institute of Biology, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and of the Royal Society of Canada.

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