for the Friesen Lecture at Massey College, U of T,


Dr. David MalkinDr. David Malkin, clinician-scientist, cancer physician and academic leader, is appointed 2nd President of Friends of CIHR
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Toronto – October 15, 2021 – The Board of Directors of Friends of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (FCIHR) is pleased to announce that Dr. David Malkin, MD, FRCPC is appointed President and Board Chair of FCIHR – effective January 1, 2022. Dr. Malkin is a pediatric oncologist, an active clinician-scientist, a committed educator and an accomplished administrative leader.

Dr. Malkin is Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Biophysics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and is the CIBC Children’s Foundation Chair in Child Health Research, Director of the Cancer Genetics Program, and co-lead of the Precision Child Health initiative at the Hospital for Sick Children. In addition, he leads regional and national programs in precision oncology for children, adolescents and young adult cancer patients with the aim to transform the outcomes for these patients. Dr. Malkin’s research program focuses on genetic and genomic mechanisms of childhood cancer susceptibility, advances from which have led him to receive many awards and recognitions.

Dr. Malkin succeeds Dr. Aubie Angel, founding President of FCIHR, who notes:
“I am delighted with this Appointment as Dr. David Malkin brings new energy and perspective to the vision and mission of FCIHR and will provide fresh leadership and direction for the many members of our vibrant enterprise”.

FCIHR is a national not-for-profit organization that was established in 2000 to support the goals and ideals of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and to communicate the value of health research to a broad, multifaceted public audience. Through a spectrum of programs, FCIHR also seeks to attract and support young health science trainees and scientists in their career development. The Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research program, which began in 2006 and which includes visits and scholarly events in Canadian universities, exemplifies our mission. FCIHR also convenes public gatherings and roundtables of experts to discuss important health sciences issues of the day, and therein collaborates with like-minded Canadian health science organizations in all sectors.

For further information on Friends of CIHR and its various programs, please visit: or contact: Cristina S. Castellvi. Tel. #: (416) 506-1597. Email:


June 9, 2021 – Congratulations, Dr. Aubie Angel!
2021 Leadership in Advocacy Award – Research Canada

March 21, 2021 – “The Covid-19 Pandemic Has Exposed Opportunities To Strengthen Our Health Research Systems”
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Authors: Bev Holmes, Alex MacKenzie , Bruce McManus, Aubie Angel

February 2, 2021 – “COVID-19 highlights the strengths of the world’s health research system – and some much-needed improvements”
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Authors: Bev Holmes, Alex MacKenzie , Bruce McManus, Aubie Angel


21st Anniversary - FCIHR
Friends of CIHR (FCIHR)
was created to promote the value of health research and establish community-based partnerships. Since 2000, it has specifically supported the goals and initiatives of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and has expanded its role to represent all health disciplines. The 16-person Board of Directors represents a membership active in universities, hospitals, voluntary organizations, community groups and agencies, as well as some private corporations. In addition, Friends of CIHR promotes research funding with all levels of government. FCIHR organizes annual educational symposia and publishes the proceedings for wide distribution. The Video History of Medicine in Canada is the latest innovative program conceived by the group. Friends of CIHR is a non-profit, non-governmental, incorporated organization.

Les Amis des Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada (AIRSC) est un organisme créé dans le but de promouvoir la valeur de la recherche en santé et d’établir des partenariats communautaires. Depuis 2000, l’organisme a expressément appuyé les objectifs et les initiatives des Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada (IRSC) et a élargi son rôle afin de représenter toutes les disciplines de la santé. Le conseil d’administration, comprenant 16 membres, représente des adhérents qui œuvrent dans des universités, des hôpitaux, des organismes bénévoles, des groupes et organismes communautaires et des sociétés privées. En plus de promouvoir le financement de la recherche à tous les niveaux de gouvernement, les AIRSC présentent chaque année des colloques pédagogiques et en publient les procès-verbaux. L’Histoire de la médecine au Canada est le dernier programme novateur réalisé en collaboration par le groupe. Les Amis des IRSC est un organisme non gouvernemental sans but lucratif constitué en personne morale.