Dr. Tammy J Clifford, Vice-President, Research Programs, CIHR
Effective October 29, 2018 Dr. Tammy J Clifford joined CIHR as its Vice-President of Research Programs. In this role, Dr. Clifford is responsible for the design, development, and administration of the agency’s funding programs and science policies. She is also an adjunct professor with the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa, where she supervised a number of masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students.
For the last decade, Dr. Clifford served as a member of the Executive Team at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), most recently as Chief Scientist and Vice-President, Evidence Standards. At the beginning of her career, Dr. Clifford worked on a number of maternal and child health research projects at CHEO’s Research Institute, where she also served as a member of the Research Ethics Board. More recently, she had been a principal investigator on a number of knowledge translation research projects, a peer reviewer, and a member of CIHR’s Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health Advisory Board.
Tammy is recognized for her exceptional leadership abilities, as well as for her passion and commitment to knowledge translation, and to mentoring the next generation of health researchers. She received her PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Western Ontario, and her BSc and MSc from McGill.
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