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Dr. Joel Ray awarded CIHR chair in Reproductive and Child Health Services and Policy Research

Toronto, February 15, 2013

Dr. Joel Ray
Dr. Joel Ray

Dr. Joel Ray, a physician and Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute scientist, is one of six recipients of a CIHR chair in Reproductive and Child Health Services and Policy Research. The chairs are awarded to mid-career scholars and Dr. Ray was selected for his Maternal and Perinatal Placental Ethnicity Development (MAPPED) program: a policy-directed clinical research program to attain healthy mothers and healthy newborns in Canada.

“This research chair will enable me to work with others in a way that I could not before,” said Dr. Ray. “We will ensure that – in our common goal of providing mothers and babies with quality care – we also consider the reality that people are different, physically and socially, and that ethnicity and health interplay on the Canadian health care stage more than anywhere else in the world. It is time to get down to work.”

Dr. Ray’s clinical specialties are obstetrical medicine and internal medicine and some of his research interests include maternal and fetal health, diabetes and pregnancy, and ethnicity and pregnancy outcomes. His most recent research has shown that women who immigrate to Ontario have babies who are bigger than those born in their native countries, published in the journal Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology.

“Dr. Ray is a leading clinician-scientist with great insight, his clinical research positively affects policy so that maternal/infant health care is improved for all,” Dr. Michael Sgro, chief of the Department of Pediatrics.

The purpose of the applied chairs program is to support researchers who conduct reproductive, child and youth health services and policy research, are dedicated to working with decision makers to frame their research questions and interpret their results, and train and mentor students, fellows, junior faculty and others seeking career opportunities in this field who are similarly committed to applied health services and policy research. Dr. Ray’s chair is co-funded by the SickKids Foundation and CIHR.