media release

Managing burden of chronic disease

April 11, 2014

Scott Lear, 778.782.7916; 604.682.2344 ext 62778;
Diane Mar-Nicolle, 778.782.9586;
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;


Simon Fraser University researcher Scott Lear says prevention will increasingly play a key role in how we manage the rising burden of chronic diseases. He’ll discuss how we need to approach the issue on a society-wide and individual basis at the last of SFU’s Café Scientifique series on Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at CBC’s Vancouver studio.

“Many people will have more than one chronic disease before they die, and many people will live 10 to 20 years or more with a chronic disease,” says Lear, an associate professor in SFU’s Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology and Faculty of Health Sciences. “We need to address the kinds of preventative measures that can be taken now.”

Lear directs Community Health Solutions (, an initiative that supports healthy living by working with community partners to develop sustainable approaches, programs and policies to enhance chronic disease prevention and management.

His research includes identifying environmental characteristics that may act as facilitators of, or barriers to healthy lifestyle habits that can affect the risk of cardiovascular disease. He is also involved in the Multi-cultural Community Health Assessment Trial (M-CHAT), an ongoing investigation to identify the role of ethnic background in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Lear holds the Pfizer/Heart and Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research at St. Paul's Hospital and leads the British Columbia Alliance for Telehealth Policy and Research ( The team of university-based researchers and health authority decision-makers develops, evaluates and implements internet-based solutions for chronic disease management.

SFU’s Café Scientifique is presented annually as a series of free, informal discussions connecting research to important health-related issues of interest to the community. They are presented at Surrey and Vancouver venues. SFU’s Faculty of Science and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) sponsor the events.

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Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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