Fuse 2018 - Advisory Committee

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Chris Buse, Project Lead, Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium, University of Northern British Columbia

Dr. Chris G. Buse is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and an adjunct professor with the School of Health Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia, where his research program is broadly oriented to understanding the health impacts of environmental change. After receiving his doctoral degree in public health from the University of Toronto, he was hired to lead the Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium—a platform for community dialogue and original research on the cumulative environmental, community and health impacts of resource development.



Marisa Creatore, Assistant Director, CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health

Biography To Come!


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Moriah Ellen, Senior Lecturer in the Jerusalem College of Technology

Dr. Moriah Ellen holds an MBA in health services management and marketing from McMaster University, Canada (2000) and a PhD from the University of Toronto from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (2007). She also completed a postdoctorate at McMaster University in the area of health policy (2012). Dr. Ellen’s primary research interests are health systems and policy, knowledge transfer and exchange, and addressing the use of unnecessary health care services. More specifically, some of her projects have addressed infrastructures needed to support evidence informed policymaking at the organizational level, and health system initiatives to reduce the unnecessary overuse of tests, treatments and procedures, and the perceptions surrounding antimicrobial resistance within the public and health care providers. Dr. Ellen has consulted both nationally and internationally. For example, she developed the knowledge translation framework for ageing and health for the World Health Organization.

Dr. Ellen is currently a Senior Lecturer at Ben Gurion University’s Department of Health Systems Management in the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev. She is also an Assistant Professor (Status) at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, Canada and Investigator at the McMaster Health Forum in Canada.  Dr. Ellen has numerous peer-reviewed publications, books chapters, countless conference presentations and reports for governmental bodies.

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Steven Hoffman, Director, Global Strategy Lab; Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Population and Public Health

Steven J. Hoffman is the Director of the Global Strategy Lab, a Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science at York University, and the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Population & Public Health. He holds courtesy appointments as a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Part-Time) at McMaster University and Adjunct Professor of Global Health & Population at Harvard University. He is an international lawyer licensed in both Ontario and New York who specializes in global health law, global governance and institutional design. His research integrates analytical, empirical and big data approaches to craft global regulatory strategies that better address transnational health threats, social inequalities and human rights challenges. Past studies have focused on access to medicines, antimicrobial resistance, health misinformation, pandemics and tobacco control. Currently he is co-principal investigator of a large $4.6 million CAD research consortium on “Strengthening International Collaboration for Capitalizing on Cost-Effective and Life-Saving Commodities (i4C)” with Trygve Ottersen at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. He is a regular columnist with Vox and writes the Burden of Proof column with journalist Julia Belluz. He is on the Executive Advisory Committee and was a Founding Editor of Wiley's new premier open-access journal Global Challenges.

Steven previously worked as a Project Manager for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and as a Fellow in the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York City, where he offered strategic and technical input on a range of global health issues. He also previously worked for a Toronto law firm specializing in cross-border intellectual property litigation, health product regulation, and government relations, as well as Incentives for Global Health – a Yale University-based NGO devoted to improving global access to medicines – where he was responsible for international advocacy and strategic planning. Steven recently advised the World Health Organization on development of a global strategy for health systems research and was lead author on the background paper that provided the strategy's conceptual underpinnings. For three years he convened an academic advisory committee on science reporting for Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine. He was previously an Associate Professor of Law with the University of Ottawa's Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics.

Steven holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from McMaster University, an MA in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University, and a doctorate in law from Sciences Po Paris.


Bev Holmes, President and CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)

Biography to Come!


Emily Jenkins,  Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia

Dr. Emily Jenkins has a program of research focused on building the science and practice of integrated knowledge translation through studies aimed at promoting the mental health and substance use outcomes of Canadians through collaborative research, practice and policy. Dr. Jenkins has established herself at the forefront of the emergent area of community-based knowledge translation, through the development of the CollaboraKTion framework for community based knowledge translation. This approach facilitates the development of population focused, evidence-based interventions that draw on diverse forms of knowledge and are grounded in the lived realities of the community settings in which it is carried out.

Dr. Jenkins is currently utilizing this framework to explore how youth can be meaningfully engaged in the healthy public policymaking process to promote mental health and substance use outcomes.


Marjorie MacDonald, School of Nursing, University of Victoria; Scientist, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research

Marjorie MacDonald is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria and a Scientist in the Canadian Institute of Substance Use Research (CISUR). She is co-director of the Research in Public Health Systems and Services Initiative (BC) (formerly CPHFRI) with Dr. Trevor Hancock. They are leading an initiative to develop a Public Health Systems and Services Research agenda for Canada with a focus on Implementation Science. Marjorie held one of 15 inaugural CIHR Applied Public Health Research Chairs, and was President and Past President of the Public Health Association of BC from 2011 to 2016. Research interests include public health systems renewal, health equity, public health and primary care collaboration, adolescent health promotion and drug use prevention, and public health ethics. She is a Co-principal investigator on the Equity Lens in Public Health program of research, funded by CIHR.



Kimberly Miller, Assistant Professor, Professional Practice in Knowledge Translation, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Biography to Come!


Warren O'Briain, Executive Director for Public Health Services, Ministry of Health, Government of BC

Biography to Come!


Rosemary Rushmer, Professor Emeritus Knowledge Exchange & Public Health, Teeside University, UK

Biography to Come!


Tim Takaro, Professor, Faculty Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Takaro is a physician-scientist, Professor and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.  He was trained in occupational and environmental medicine, public health and toxicology, at Yale, the University of North Carolina and University of Washington.

Dr. Takaro’s research is primarily about the links between human exposures and disease, and determining effective public health based preventive solutions to such risks. His current research on human health and climate change focuses on water quality, extreme weather events and gastro-intestinal illness in BC communities and the role of aero-allergens in the development of asthma and allergy in children.




Shannon Turner, Executive Director, Public Health Association of BC (PHABC)

Biography to Come!


Hans van Oers, Chief Science Officer, National Institute for Public Health and The Environment (RIVM), Netherlands

Professor Dr. Hans van Oers (1956) studied Statistics and Epidemiology, and obtained his PhD on the usability of geographical information to support local public health policy (1993 Erasmus University). He worked from 1986 till 1998 as epidemiological researcher and head of the department of Epidemiology and policy-information at the Community Health Service in Rotterdam. From 1998 on, he is working at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). From 1998 till 2012 he was head of the department of Public Health Status and Forecasts, being responsible for the publication of the Dutch public health report every four years, a major building block for the development of the national health policy. Since 2012 he is appointed as RIVM’s Chief Science Officer System Assessment and Policy Support.  

Since 2004 he is also appointed as professor in Public Health at Tranzo, Tilburg University, where he is involved in the Academic Collaborative Centre Public Health Brabant, a collaboration of the three Community Health Services in the province Brabant, RIVM and Tilburg University.

In 2009-2010, he was seconded to the World Health Organisation Headquarters, where he was involved in the development of the Global Health Observatory, an internetbased information-system to support public health policymakers worldwide.The central theme in his work is to strengthen the bridge between policy, practice and research in the domain of public health.