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June 26, 2008 10:00 ET

Minister Clement Reappoints a Member to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Governing Council

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 26, 2008) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, today announced the reappointment of Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Governing Council for a three-year term.

"It is an honour to have such a distinguished member of the Canadian medical field as a part of our organization," said Clement. "Dr. Chochinov's many contributions and dedicated involvement in the Canadian and international medical communities will surely have a great influence on the CIHR's effort to improve the health care system for all Canadians."

With Doctorates in both Medicine and Philosophy in Community Health Sciences from the University of Manitoba, Dr. Chochinov continues to be a part of the University's community as a Professor of Psychiatry. He has made significant contributions to the field of medicine, establishing the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit at Cancer Care Manitoba, and pioneering the development of the Canadian Virtual Hospice, which he now Co-Chairs.

Throughout his impressive career, Dr. Chochinov has earned numerous awards and acknowledgments. In 2004, he was awarded the Order of Manitoba, and in 2006 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has also been recognized internationally as a leader in palliative care research, receiving the Queen's Golden Jubilee Anniversary Medal in 2002.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to catalyze its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to close to 10,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

The biographies for the members of the CIHR Governing Council can be found at the CIHR website. (

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