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MacLeans taking Swiss sabbatical

August 10, 2007

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Outgoing health sciences dean, David MacLean, and wife Sandra MacLean, an SFU associate professor of political science, are taking a one-year sabbatical in Switzerland this fall to work together on a project researching the global governance of chronic illness.

While in Geneva, MacLean will also be working with the World Health Organization (WHO), which he’s been associated with for almost 20 years. MacLean directed a WHO collaborative centre at Dalhousie University and worked with WHO regional offices in Washington D.C., Copenhagen and the eastern Mediterranean. He currently chairs a WHO committee examining approaches low-income countries worldwide can use to address a growing epidemic of heart disease and other chronic ailments such as cancer and diabetes.

Sandra MacLean specializes in international political economy and comparative development, with a research focus on globalization and governance in relation to health and human security. The pair will collaborate on a book that questions "why health systems are configured as they are and what political and economic issues influence and mold these systems’ priorities and actions.” The work should interest policymakers as well as scholars in both the health and political science fields.

SFU’s new health sciences dean, medical anthropologist John O'Neil, begins his five-year appointment commencing August 1, 2007.

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