Amalia M. Issa, PhD, MPH, professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy & Public Health and director of the Program in Personalized Medicine & Targeted Therapeutics, has been named to serve on the College of Reviewers for the Canada Research Chairs program.
The Canada Research Chairs program stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development. In 2000, the Government of Canada created a permanent program to establish 2000 research professorships—Canada Research Chairs—in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country.
The Canada Research Chairs program invests $300 million per year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds.
Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. They improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching, and the coordination of other researchers' work.
Canada Research Chairs are awarded following a rigorous peer review process, in which members of the College of Reviewers, composed of some1,200 top scientists and experts from around the world, assess each application and make recommendations for funding.