Dr. Bev Holmes named interim leader of BC’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit

14 January 2015

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is pleased to announce that Dr. Bev Holmes, MSFHR Vice-President, Research & Impact, has been named interim leader of BC’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit.

At the request of the BC Ministry of Health, Holmes will be seconded half-time from her position with MSFHR to help guide the SUPPORT Unit through its start-up phase. She will assume this role on February 2, 2015 for a term of up to nine months.

“We are pleased to play a role in the process to formally establish BC’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit, a key enabler of the BC health research strategy,” said Dr. Diane Finegood, MSFHR President & CEO. “We facilitated the development of the SUPPORT Unit business plan on behalf of the BC Ministry of Health, and we will provide services to the SUPPORT Unit as it enters its start-up phase.”

Holmes’ initial focus will be developing and implementing an interim action plan to guide the SUPPORT Unit’s implementation. This plan will be informed by an international peer review of the SUPPORT Unit business plan conducted by CIHR in Ottawa on January 29, 2015.

Holmes’ work will be undertaken within the context and in support of other provincial initiatives, including the academic health science network and the BC health research strategy.

Holmes served as MSFHR’s representative on the Interim Governing Council that guided the development of the SUPPORT Unit business plan. She also played a key role in the submission to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She holds a PhD in health communication from Simon Fraser University and has overseen portfolios at MSFHR including programs, projects, knowledge translation, and impact analysis since 2010.

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