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Two profs to play vital role in CIHR peer-review process

Published: June 10, 2016
Dawn Martin-Hill
Dawn Martin-Hill
Eric Brown
Eric Brown

Two McMaster University professors are among 15 researchers across the country to be chosen to set the peer-review process for the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

Eric Brown and Dawn Martin-Hill have been selected as inaugural Chairs of CIHR's College of Reviewers, and will "play a vital role in helping to build a College that is recognized as a valued resource throughout Canada and around the world," CIHR president Alain Beaudet announced today.

Brown is a professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences and member of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster. Martin-Hill is an associate professor of anthropology and one of the founders of the Indigenous Studies Program at the University.

Brown and Martin-Hill were selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants from across the country. CIHR oversees a $1 billion in investment a year to support Canadian health research.

"This highlights McMaster's strength and breadth as a national leader in Canadian health research," said Allison Sekuler, acting vice-president, research.

"As a member of the Chairs selection committee, I know first-hand how competitive the process was — with the best of the best applying from across the country — and every one of the Chairs is recognized as an international leader in his or her respective area."

Brown holds a Canada Research Chair in Microbial Chemical Biology and has a long-standing research interest in the complex biology that underlies bacterial survival skills. He's also served extensively on CIHR's peer-review committees and on a wide variety of advisory boards, including a term as president of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences, member of the Medical Review Panel of the Gairdner Foundation, and member of CIHR's Institute of Infection and Immunity.

Martin-Hill (Mohawk, Six Nations) holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and she is the inaugural Paul R. McPherson Indigenous Studies Chair. Her research is grounded in the principle that solution-based research in the area of Indigenous health must occur alongside building capacity for community collaborations.

Besides her many community commitments, she has served on review committees for CIHR and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. She has led important groundwork for Indigenous peer review capacity in her role as the inaugural chair of Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat.

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