May 08, 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO (May 8, 2012) - On behalf of the Executive Leadership Team, Michael Cloutier, President and CEO, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Janet Hux as the inaugural Chief Scientific Advisor for the Canadian Diabetes Association, effective May 7, 2012.

“Jan’s extensive skill set and track record as an effective strategic leader in the medical and research community will be a valuable asset to the Association’s Executive Leadership Team in leading the fight against diabetes,” says Michael Cloutier, President and CEO, Canadian Diabetes Association.

Jan brings a broad range of experience as a physician, researcher, educator and executive to the Association.  For the past 16 years, Jan held appointments at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), and the University of Toronto in the Department of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.  At ICES she developed and led the diabetes health services research program.  Jan has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, received numerous competitive research awards and has had the privilege of mentoring a number of graduate students and young investigators who have made important contributions in diabetes research.

Jan has also sought to enhance the impact of her research for people living with diabetes through a range of knowledge translation activities.  In 2004, she co-chaired the Ontario Diabetes Task Force and her scientific leadership has had a broader impact through her contributions to both the National Diabetes Surveillance System and the Alberta Diabetes Surveillance System.

“I’m excited to be joining the Canadian Diabetes Association and for the opportunity to further impact the lives of people affected by diabetes and their healthcare providers in a more direct way,” says Dr. Hux.

Jan will work closely with the Association’s Research and Professional Education department and will provide strategic senior leadership on scientific issues for the Association, primarily through her interactions with key medical and scientific stakeholders.  Jan will also publically represent the Association in scientific and medical activities.

About the Canadian Diabetes Association 
The Canadian Diabetes Association is a registered charitable organization, leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. Our professional staff and more than 20,000 volunteers provide education and services to help people in their daily fight against the disease, advocate on behalf of people with diabetes for the opportunity to achieve their highest quality of life, and break ground towards a cure. Please visit diabetes.ca, join us on facebook.com/CanadianDiabetesAssociation, follow us on Twitter @DiabetesAssoc, or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Randi Garcha 
National Manager, Media Relations & External Communications 
Canadian Diabetes Association 
Tel: (416) 408-7071 
randi.garcha@diabetes.ca