Dr. Salim Yusuf, Vice President of Research at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), Founder and Director of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), and Professor of Medicine at McMaster University will begin a two-year term as President of the World Heart Federation in January 2015.
“As one of the most highly regarded and cited scientists in the world, Dr. Yusuf’s thought leadership is in high demand,” says Rob MacIsaac, President and CEO of HHS. “His work has had an enormous impact on patient care around the globe and has put Hamilton on the map as a destination of choice for other leading researchers and aspiring researchers. We know that he will have a tremendous impact on the awareness, advocacy, research and capacity building efforts of the Federation.”
Each year, 17.3 million people die of cardiovascular disease – 80 per cent in the developing world. Based in Switzerland, the World Heart Federation is dedicated to leading the global fight against heart disease and stroke through its 200 member organizations. The Federation is recognized by the World Health Organization as its leading non-government organization (NGO) partner in cardiovascular disease prevention.
“Developing global strategies to prevent and reduce cardiovascular disease is critical to reducing the number of deaths and disability due to this disease,” says Dr. Yusuf. “Cardiovascular disease accounts for about one-third of deaths worldwide. We need to develop global capacity to implement evidence-based practices, and to support cardiologists and related professionals to apply proven and simple prevention and treatment strategies which can make a very large impact worldwide. I am looking forward to being a part of the global and national level efforts to reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular disease.”
In consideration of this prominent appointment, Dr. Yusuf will be stepping away from his administrative duties as Vice President of Research at HHS so that he can provide the necessary visionary leadership to advance the work of the Federation. He has agreed to continue on in his role as an important thought leader for research across HHS in the capacity of Chief Scientist in which role he intends to continue with and expand on the incredible success he has achieved to date. He will also continue on as Director of PHRI at HHS.
Dr. Yusuf’s epidemiological work has benefitted millions of people by producing substantial changes in guidelines for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The large trials he has conducted with colleagues around the world have led to more effective treatments for acute heart attacks, congestive heart failure, heart rhythm abnormalities and chronic heart disorders. These studies have also informed our understanding of the role of societal changes on behaviours and risk factors, and how they lead to cardiovascular disease. Dr. Yusuf has received over 30 international and national awards for his research work including the Lifetime Research Award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2013 and was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and Hamilton Gallery of Distinction in 2014.
Lillian Badzioch, Public Relations, Hamilton Health Sciences
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