Carrie Bourassa will serve as the scientific director of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health at the U of S.

U of S to host CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) will soon become the new home of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health (IIPH)—one of 13 institutes of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)—under the leadership of the institute’s scientific director, Carrie Bourassa, who is joining the U of S College of Medicine.

“We are very excited to welcome Carrie and this institute which leads the national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada,” said U of S Vice-President of Research, Karen Chad. “This is the right place to host this institute as it will build on the strengths of our growing hub of Indigenous health research and advance our efforts to work in partnership with Indigenous communities to improve health care both here in Saskatchewan and across Canada.” 

Formerly located at the Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, Ont., the IIPH will begin operations at U of S starting Oct. 1. Bourassa will have a staff of four and will also serve as a faculty member in the college’s community health and epidemiology department. 

“With the addition of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health at our college and university, we are truly positioned at the forefront of work with Indigenous communities on innovative medical research for improved health outcomes,” said Dr. Preston Smith, dean of the College of Medicine. “We are thrilled to have the institute here and to have Carrie join our faculty.” 

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