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Announcement regarding the Director, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

Julia Abelson

Julia Abelson, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

September 1 , 2006

From: John G. Kelton, MD, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Julia Abelson as the Director, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) effective September 1, 2006.

Dr. Abelson is currently an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, an associate member of the Department of Political Science, and a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis. Dr. Abelson received a PhD in social and policy sciences from the University of Bath (1998), an MSc in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health (1991) and a Bachelor of Arts and Science (Honours) from McMaster's Arts and Science Program (1988).

Dr. Abelson holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award (2003-2008) and is a past recipient of an Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Career Scientist Award. In 2005-2006, she was one of two Canadian Associates of the Commonwealth Fund's Harkness Health Care Policy Fellows program.

Dr. Abelson's research interests include the interface between the public and health policy, the determinants of health policy decision-making and the evaluation of innovations in the organization, funding and delivery of health services. Through her research, education and service activities, Dr. Abelson has worked with national, provincial, regional and local decision makers. She is currently a member of CIHR's Health Policy and Systems Management peer review committee.

As part of overseeing the ongoing and new activities undertaken by the Centre, Dr. Abelson will be working closely with the leaders of the Health Services and Policy theme within the University's Collaborations for Health initiative. Collaborations for Health was announced in January 2005 with the goal of enhancing McMaster's reputation in health-related research and education.

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