Greenwood named interim Scientific Director of CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health

As part of her new role with the CIHR IIPH, which will be housed at UNBC, Professor Dr. Margo Greenwood will help to advance Indigenous self-determination in health research.

June 2, 2022
Dr. Margo Greenwood at a podium with UNBC banner in the background
Dr. Margo Greenwood, UNBC Education Professor and Academic Leader, National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health, will lead the CIHR IIPH over the next three years.

University of Northern British Columbia Professor Dr. Margo Greenwood has been appointed interim Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH) for a term of three years. The Institute will be hosted at UNBC.

Full news release via Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

As Scientific Director, Dr. Greenwood will play a leadership role in advancing Indigenous self-determination in health research while building a trusting relationship with the Indigenous research community. She will also be instrumental in finding a way forward in respecting the unique identities of rights-holding groups and establishing the hiring process for the next Scientific Director in collaboration with Indigenous communities.

Michael Strong, President, CIHR, Margo Greenwood, Earl Nowgesic, CIHR-IIPH.Photo: Dr. Margo Greenwood (middle) with Dr. Michael Strong, President, CIHR (at left) and Dr. Earl Nowgesic, Associate Scientific Director, CIHR-IIPH.

“I am deeply honoured to take up this new role and responsibilities as interim Scientific Director with the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health,” said Dr. Greenwood. “I look forward to continuing to build on the vital work set out in the strategic plans of CIHR and the IIPH. In this work it is critical to engage with Indigenous individuals, communities, and organizations across the country.” 

Dr. Greenwood is a highly acclaimed Indigenous scholar of Cree ancestry. She is currently the Academic Leader of the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health and a Professor in UNBC's Education program.