A new dean for health sciences

May 3, 2007

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The Faculty of Health Sciences has a new dean. SFU's board of governors recently approved the five-year appointment of medical anthropologist John O'Neil, commencing August 1, 2007.

O'Neil has an impressive background in First Nations health, international programming and the application of anthropological research methods to the prevention of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

He is currently a professor and director of the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research and head of the Department of Community Health Sciences in the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Medicine. He is also the principal investigator on HIV/AIDS training initiatives funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Mysore, India, and by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency in Chengdu, China.

O'Neil was a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) senior investigator and advisory-board chair for the CIHR's Institute for Aboriginal People's Health from 2000-05. He has published more than 120 papers on aboriginal health, including self-government and health services, perceptions of environmental health risks, birthing in remote communities and health communication. He has also written reports on the cultural context of HIV/AIDS prevention in India. He received his medical anthropology PhD in 1983 from the University of California at San Francisco-Berkeley.

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