Living Laboratory: Key People


Dr. Lorne Tyrrell
Board Chair, Institute of Health Economics

Dr. Tyrrell is a former Dean of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. He is a co-discoverer of the first oral antiviral drug to treat Hepatitis B. He is the CIHR/GlaxoSmithKline Chair in Virology at the U of A, Chair of the Gairdner Foundation, and a member of the Research Council of the Canadian Institute of Academic Research.

Hon. Fred Horne
Minister of Health

Minister Horne was elected to his second term as MLA for Edmonton-Rutherford last year. He has served as Minister of Health since October 2011. He has also served as a member of the Cabinet Policy Committee on Public Health & Safety, Treasury Board, and a member of the Standing Committee on Health. Over a long career in health policy, Mr. Horne has worked with many different groups including the Conference Board of Canada and the Mayo Clinic, as well as the Governments of Alberta and Ontario. Minister Horne holds an MBA, and a postgraduate certificate in dispute resolution.

Dr. Michael McGinnis
Special guest from the Institute of Medicine in Washington D.C.

Michael McGinnis is a physician, epidemiologist, and an elected Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He founded the IOM's Learning Health System Initiative; and since 2005, he has served as IOM Senior Scholar and Executive Director of the Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care. He served in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion through four Administrations (Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton), and launched a number of initiatives including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, the UCLA School of Medicine, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In his current role as a Senior Scholar at IOM, Dr. McGinnis was one of the Editors of a major report released last year, "Best Care at Lower Cost - the Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America."

Dr. Chris Henshall
Member of the ARIA Board and Chair of the Policy Forum of Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi)

Dr. Henshall is an Associate Professor in the Health Economics Research Group at Brunel University, and Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York. He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Relations at the University of York, where he led various University spin-out companies and joint-ventures. He has also served as Director of the Science and Engineering Base Group in the Office of Science and Technology in the Department of Trade and Industry in London, and as Deputy Director of Research and Development in the Department of Health. He helped to establish the NHS HTA Programme, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, and with colleagues in other countries, the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA). Dr Henshall was the Founding President of HTAi, which is now established as the international society for professionals in the field of HTA - and which happens to have its secretariat right here in Edmonton, at the Institute of Health Economics.

Dr. Marvin J. Fritzler
Chair, ARIA Board

Dr. Fritzler was recruited to the University of Calgary in 1978, where he is currently Professor of Medicine and holds the Arthritis Society Research Chair. He is also a consultant to a number of American and European diagnostic product companies. He serves on the Board of Directors of Genome Alberta, the Serology Committee of the International Union of Immunology Specialists and World Health Organization, and Ambrose University College.

Dr. Cy Frank
Incoming CEO, Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions

Cy Frank is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He is currently an AI-HS Senior Investigator, and the McCaig Professor of Joint Injury and Arthritis Research. He is also Executive Director of the Alberta Bone & Joint Health Institute, and pending his move to AI-HS he is Vice President, Research Strategy for Alberta Health Services. He still practices knee surgery and enjoys research and teaching at the U of C. He was among the founders of TENET Medical Engineering, a Calgary-based company which manufactures and distributes surgical positioning devices to over 35 countries world-wide. And finally, he is an elected member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS), and served as Chair of a Blue Ribbon International Panel for CAHS - "Defining the Best Framework and Metrics to Capture Returns on Investment in Health Research".

Dr. Ruth Dickson
Associate Vice-president, Clinical Research, and Medical Fellow, with Eli Lilly Canada; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary

Dr. Dickson graduated from the University of Calgary medical school, and she has taught there for more than 20 years. She has been involved in research, teaching, administration, and clinical care, with interests in psycho-pharmacology, neuro-endocrinology, gender aspects of drug therapy, and assessment and treatment of sexual dysfunction. She was an author of the Schizophrenia Clinical Practice Guidelines, for the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the Canadian Association for Research on Schizophrenia. In 2000, Dr. Dickson joined Eli Lilly Canada as Associate Vice-president Clinical Research for Neuroscience.