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Launch May 17th



Launch May 17

Amy Bombay


HPI welcomes Dr. Sara Kirk as Scientific Director

The Faculties of Health Professions, Dentistry and Medicine are pleased to announce that HPI Senior Research Scholar, Dr. Sara Kirk, has been appointed Scientific Director.

Dr. Kirk is a Professor of Health Promotion and Canada Research Chair in the School of Health and Human Performance with cross-appointments in Community Health and Epidemiology and at the IWK Health Centre. She is also a senior scientist with the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute. Originally from the UK, she moved to Canada in December 2006, and heads the Applied Research Collaborations for Health (ARCH) research group. Her research program uses a socio-ecological approach to better understand how we can create supportive environments for chronic disease prevention.

Dr. Kirk has been a Senior Research Scholar with the Healthy Populations Institute since 2014 and was previously a Research Associate with the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre (AHPRC). She will commence a two-year term as Scientific Director on August 1, 2016.

Appointment of HPI Research Scholars to CIHR Advsory Boards

Congratulations to three of our Research Scholars on their appointments to CIHR Institute Advisory Boards. Drs. Kirk, Weeks and Martin join leading academics from around the world to promote and build upon Canada's firm foundation of research excellence.

Dr. Sara Kirk will join the Institute Advisory Board for Health Promotion and Prevention for a 3 year term.

Dr. Lori Weeks starts a 2 year term with the Institute Advisory Board for Research Excellence, Policy and Ethics.

Dr. Debbie Martin commences a 2 year term with the Institute Advisory Board for Indigenous Peoples Health.

These appointments acknowledge the significant contributions Drs. Kirk, Weeks and Martin have made to their fields and provide a venue for their continued encouragement of interdisciplinary, integrative health research at the Healthy Populations Institute and beyond.


Dr. Lois Jackson receives Patricia Cleave Award for Outstanding Leadership

Dr. Lois Jackson has received the Patricia Cleave Award for Outstanding Leadership in recognition of her role in the transformation of the Atlantic Health Promtion Research Centre into the Healthy Populations Institute.

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Senior Research Scholar Jacqueline Gahagan at last week's event, discussing HPI's focus on health issues amongst marginalized populations. (Michelle Doucette photo)

Dal’s renewed Healthy Populations Institute taking on health promotion and illness prevention challenges

Laura Hynes Jenkins - Dal News - May 26 2016

More than a hundred health researchers, students, professionals and community members gathered on May 17 to celebrate the launch of Dalhousie’s Healthy Populations Institute (HPI).

MC’d by Scientific Director Lois Jackson, the event introduced the refreshed vision of the former Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre. Established in 1993, the centre aimed to build and connect a community of researchers focused on addressing health promotion and illness prevention issues in Atlantic Canada.

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