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Professor John Challis is currently Executive Director of the Western Australian Health Translation Network. John was previously the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Health and Medical Research at the University of Western Australia and also holds the title of University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, and Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia and at Simon Fraser University.
John completed his training at the Universities of Cambridge, University of California, San Diego and Harvard Medical School and held a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, before moving to McGill University, Montreal, Canada. More recently he served as Chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto, and later as Vice President Research and Associate Provost of that University. He was the inaugural Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health and served as President and CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research in Vancouver BC.
He has published more than 500 peer review papers and chapters in his research areas of pregnancy, preterm birth and developmental aspects of health and disease and trained more than 100 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and held in excess of $25 million peer reviewed research funding.