Dr. Clyde Hertzman named Canada’s 2010 “Health Researcher of the Year”

16 November 2010

MSFHR congratulates Dr. Clyde Hertzman, co-leader of Population Data BC, who today was named Canada's 2010 "Health Researcher of the Year" — the highest scientific honour from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The award recognizes Hertzman's work on the effects of the environment on the development of young children.

As well as his work with the MSFHR-funded platform, Hertzman is director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at the University of British Columbia. From 2004 to 2009, he led an MSFHR-funded research unit on child and youth developmental trajectories and over his career has gathered a wide range of scientific evidence to support the idea that what happens to children during their early years is important to lifelong health and well being.

Hertzman helped write the Canadian Children's Agenda, a federal/provincial agreement initiated in 1997, to start supporting early childhood development as part of a strategy to support children's development more broadly. His research team at HELP monitors the well being of BC's children using the Early Development Instrument (EDI). In 2005, HELP was named the global knowledge hub for the World Health Organization Commission on the social determinants of health.

Hertzman will receive his award at the 2010 Canadian Health Research Awards hosted by CIHR and the Prix Galien Canada in Ottawa November 16, 2010.

The award includes a research grant of $500,000, paid over five years. Hertzman plans to use this grant to further HELP's international work including promoting the use of the EDI in Latin America, China and Europe and to support the creation of a global monitoring protocol for early childhood rights for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Michael Hayden, leader of the 2003 MSFHR research unit Fundamental Innovative Neurogenerative Diseases, and co-leader of the 2007 Technology/Methodology Platform BC Clinical Genomics Network, was a previous recipient of Canada's Health Researcher of the Year award in 2008. Hayden was also recently appointed a member of the Foundation's Board of Directors.

For more information about the award, and for a complete list of award recipients, please visit www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca.