Keynote Speakers

Jeffrey Reading

Professor Faculty of Health Sciences & First Nations Health Authority Chair in Heart Health and Wellness at St. Paul's Hospital

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Professor Jeff Reading (PhD) is the inaugural British Columbia First Nations Health Authority Chair in Heart Health and Wellness based at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University (2016) at Vancouver, Canada where he is also a director at the Indigenous Health Education Access Research and Training (I-HEART), St. Paul’s Hospital cardiology.

Dr. Reading obtained his MSc and PhD degrees in Public Health from the University of Toronto (1994). He served as founding Scientific Director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR 2000-2008) and recently chaired the CIHR Indigenous peer review committee (2016-2018). In 2015, Dr. Reading was appointed to the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, residing at Alice Springs and Melbourne, Australia and in 2018 served on the international peer review for the New Zealand Healthier Lives National Science Challenge. Dr. Reading is a volunteer for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada National Science Council (CoMPASS, 2015-2019), the Council for Indigenous heart health and brain health and Women’s heart health national committees. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Genome British Colombia. Dr. Reading's broad interests include Indigenous heart health, community engaged research, tobacco control, health services and policy, public and population health.

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