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Executive Director of St. Michael’s Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute receives prestigious health services award

Toronto, May 10, 2011

Dr. Andreas Laupacis Dr. Andreas Laupacis

The Canadian Health Services Research Foundation today presented the 2011 Health Services Research Advancement Award to Dr. Andreas Laupacis, executive director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital.

“Dr. Laupacis has made numerous significant contributions in his career so far, primarily in the fields of clinical epidemiology, health technology assessment, quality-of-life studies and decision-aid development,” said Maureen O’Neil, president of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF).

“In recent years, he has also developed a passion for involving the public in decision-making about healthcare, based on his conviction that more informed input from citizens is crucial to improving the healthcare system.”

O’Neil presented the award to Laupacis at a luncheon hosted by CHSRF at the 2011 Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research Conference in Halifax, N.S.

Laupacis, who is also a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, is past president and CEO of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and was the first chair of the Canadian Expert Drug Advisory Committee.

For more than 30 years, he has been a leader in bridging research to policies that improve the health of Canadians. Together with Dr. David Sackett and Robin Roberts, he introduced and developed the concept of “number needed to treat,” a measure of treatment effectiveness that has come to be a vital component of the clinical and research lexicon.

He is currently working with a team of physicians, policy advisors and researchers to maintain an interactive website – – that provides factual, easy-to-understand information designed to engage citizens in dialogue about important healthcare issues.

CHSRF's Health Services Research Advancement Award recognizes an individual, team or organization that has contributed significantly to advancing the health services research community in Canada and evidence-informed decision-making in the health system. Winners of the award receive $15,000 for use in the advancement of health services research.

The Canadian Health Services Research Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit corporation with a mandate to promote the use of evidence to strengthen the delivery of services that improve the health of Canadians. CHSRF is funded though an agreement with the government of Canada.

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