As president & CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Dr. Diane Finegood draws on an exceptional record of academic and leadership experience to champion the growth of British Columbia’s health research enterprise.
From 2000 to 2008, Diane served as the inaugural scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism & Diabetes, where she led the focus on the strategic priority of obesity and healthy body weight. She also served as executive director of the CAPTURE Project (Canadian Platform to Increase Usage of Real-World Evidence), where she led a national strategic initiative to build a system to support the collection and use of practice-relevant evidence.
Diane is an internationally recognized scientist, innovator, communicator, strategic visionary, and proven leader in health research.
As a scientist, she has made seminal contributions to our understanding of the causes of diabetes through the use of mathematical modeling. Her recent work has focused on understanding the complex biological, social, cultural, and environmental systems involved in regulation of body weight in individuals and populations.
Among her numerous honours and recognitions, Diane has received the Canadian Obesity Network’s Mentorship Award (2011), the Canadian Diabetes Association’s Frederick G. Banting Award (2008), and was named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Women’s Executive Network (2006).
Diane obtained her doctoral degree in physiology and biophysics from the University of Southern California and has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. She is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University.