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Andreas Laupacis recipient of inaugural CIHR exceptional career achievement award

Toronto, October 3, 2013

Dr. Andreas Laupacis
Dr. Andreas Laupacis

Dr. Andreas Laupacis, executive director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, is the recipient of the inaugural CIHR Barer-Flood Prize in Health Services and Policy Research.

The Barer-Flood Prize is named in honour of the first two scientific directors of CIHR-IHSPR, Morris Barer and Colleen Flood. The prize recognizes a senior researcher in the field of health services and policy research who has had a significant impact on policy research, policy and/or care delivery in Canada.

“This is great recognition of Andreas’ contributions as a mentor and the impact of his work at the clinical, methodological and health systems levels. He is a leader in the Canadian health care arena and this award is well-deserved,” said Dr. Arthur Slutsky, vice-president of Research. Dr. Laupacis will receive a $25,000 grant, and was presented with his award at the Oct. 3 Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Health Ministers’ Meeting in Toronto.

Dr. Laupacis was recently named the chair of Health Quality Ontario. In addition, he is a researcher with expertise in conducting studies to assess the benefits and harms of tests and treatments. He has advised health ministries in Canada about which tests and treatments should be paid for by the publicly funded health care system. In 2011, he launched healthydebate.ca, a website dedicated to educating the public about the health care system, promoting debate and affecting health policy decisions. He just completed a study that determined research priorities in dialysis, from the perspective of people on dialysis and their caregivers.

About St. Michael’s Hospital

St Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.