Noralou Roos, CM, PhD
University of Manitoba
Poverty and Wellbeing
Noralou P. Roos received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1968. In 1972 she received the Sears‑Roebuck Foundation Federal Faculty Fellow, and moved to the University of Manitoba in 1973. She joined the Population Health Group at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in 1988. Noralou was a co-Founder of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. She headed the group which received Canadian Foundation for Innovation funding to create Canada’s first data laboratory, containing population based data on health, education and social services and held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. Citations to Dr. Roos’ work place her among the top 100 Canadian scientists according to The Institute of Scientific Information.
She was a member of the Prime Minister’s National Forum on Health, the Interim Governing Council setting up the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), received the Order of Canada in 2005, was elected a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada (2009), and most recently received a Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Noralou led the Canadian Drug Policy Development Coalition working with Health Canada and the provinces which resulted in the funding of the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN) at CIHR. She has also been working with community groups, business and government to bring research on ‘At-Risk’ kids to the policy table; she is a Member of the United Way of Winnipeg Board of Trustees, the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council (Strengthening the Core Working Group), and a Member of the Point Douglas/Lord Selkirk Park Project Advisory Board.
Dr. Roos has been Nominated for the Seventeenth Annual NIHCM Foundation Health Care Research Award for the article entitled “Enhancing Policymakers’ Understanding of Disparities: Relevant Data from an Information-Rich Environment.” (co-authors: Leslie L Roos, Marni Brownell and Emma Fuller, University of Western Australia), has received the Inaugural Population and Public Health Research Milestone Award, CIHR and CPHA, and in 2010, gave the Emmett Hall Memorial Lecture, one of Canada’s most prestigious lectureships, which commemorates the father of Canadian Medicare with an annual address at the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research Conference.
Commentaries by Dr. Noralou Roos:
Beware drug store dispensing fees
Making patients pay won’t make our health system more affordable
Providing the right amount of healthcare // Prodiguer la bonne quantité de soins de santé
Silver tsunamni to break the health system’s bank? // Les personnes âgées ne constituent pas une menace pour le système de santé canadien