Dr. Dean Eurich, associate professor in the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health was recently awarded a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Chronic Disease Prevention and Management. The award will allow Dr. Eurich to focus his research on improving the quality and efficiency of care for people living with chronic diseases.
“I will be looking closely at the relationship between diabetes and other health conditions,” explains Dr. Eurich, who is also trained as a pharmacist. “This will involve testing and evaluating various therapies used to manage diabetes, as well as therapies to treat heart failure in people with diabetes.”
He will evaluate whether related policies are addressing their needs. For instance, he will determine how policies that expand the scope of practice for allied health professionals affect patient care and whether these policies ultimately improve patient health outcomes.
The results of this research will allow front-line health professionals, as well as policy decision-makers, to improve the health of patients living with chronic diseases.
“Dr. Eurich is a pre-eminent clinical epidemiologist in Canada,” says Dr. Kue Young, dean of the School of Public Health. “His research on diabetes and other chronic diseases has important impacts on the full spectrum of care, from prevention to the management of complications.”
Dr. Eurich also holds a Population Health Investigator award from Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions and a New Investigator award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
In 2000, the Government of Canada created a permanent program to establish 2000 research professorships — Canada Research Chairs — in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country. The Canada Research Chairs program invests $265 million per year to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds.
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