John Lavis, MD, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Transfer and Uptake and Associate Professor, McMaster University

Enhancing the Uptake of Research Knowledge in Health Policy

December 3, 2004
12:00 - 1:30 PM

Colonial Penn Center Auditorium


Dr. John N. Lavis is the Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Transfer and Uptake, Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, and Associate Member of the Department of Political Science at McMaster University. He is also Associate Professor (status only) in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His principal research interests include knowledge transfer and uptake in public policymaking environments and the politics of health-care systems. He directs the Program in Policy Decision-Making, a research program affiliated with the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis ( He teaches an undergraduate course on the politics of health-care systems for the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Programme and co-directs (with Greg Stoddart) the Educational Initiative in Health Economics and Health Policy Analysis for Health Professionals in Training at McMaster. He co-supervises (with Julia Abelson) the Knowledge Exchange Programme of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, he chairs the Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Advisory Committee at the Institute for Work & Health, and he is a member of the World Health Organization's Task Force on Innovations and Evidence-Based Applications for Health Systems Development. He co-chairs (with Evan Collins) the Board of Directors of the AIDS Committee of Toronto, Canada's largest AIDS-service organization. Dr. Lavis holds an M.D. from Queen's University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has held a Procter & Gamble Fulbright Scholarship (1994-5), a National Health Ph.D. Fellowship from the Government of Canada (1994-7), and a General Motors Doctoral Fellowship from the Population Health Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (1996-7). He was the Liberty Health Scholar of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (1998-2003), inaugural Chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Health Policy and Systems Management grants review committee (2000-2003), one of two inaugural Canadian Associates of the Harkness Fellows Program (2001-2), and Visiting Researcher at the Institut de recherche et de documentation en économie de la santé (IRDES) in Paris, France (2003-4).

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