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McMaster professor called in by World Health Organization

Published: January 6, 2011
Holger Schünemann
Dr. Holger Schünemann, professor and chair of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

A McMaster University professor is joining the committee helping the World Health Organization (WHO) decide on priorities for health research world-wide.

Dr. Holger Schünemann, professor and chair of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, has agreed to serve for a four-year term on the WHO’s Global Advisory Committee on Health Research.

As part of the 18-person committee he will be advising the Director-General of the World Health Organization on global health research, monitoring research activities and evaluating the research from a scientific and technical policy point of view.

“This committee plays an important role by formulating global priorities for health research in the context of policies set by the World Health Assembly and the Executive Board and in response to the health problems of the countries, including Canada” said Schünemann.

Schünemann, a leader in evidence-based health care and guideline development, holds the Michael Gent Chair in Healthcare Research. He is also a professor in McMaster’s Department of Medicine.

Although he has taught at McMaster since 2001, he came to McMaster full-time two years ago from the Italian National Cancer Institute in Rome, Italy, where he was the interim chair of the department of epidemiology.

His research interests focus on guideline development, systematic reviews and health-related quality of life. He has authored and co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters and books.  He has held positions on several international grant review panels and guideline committees.

In addition to his research activities, Schünemann maintains a clinical practice in internal medicine.

A graduate of the University of Hannover’s medical school in Germany, Schünemann earned his M.Sc. in epidemiology and PhD in epidemiology and community health at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

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