The inaugural Heather M. Arthur Population Health Research Institute/Hamilton Health Sciences Chair in Inter-Professional Health Research at McMaster University, has been given to Diana Sherifali, RN, PhD, associate professor at McMaster University’s School of Nursing, and clinical nurse specialist in the Diabetes Care and Research Program at Hamilton Health Sciences. She is also director of the McMaster Evidence Review and Synthesis Team, based in the School of Nursing at McMaster.
Sherifali’s research focuses on optimizing the management of diabetes and quality of life of people with diabetes across the lifespan. “My research will examine health coaching and digital solutions to improve health-related outcomes and extend diabetes self-management,” she said.
The chair honours the late Heather Arthur, a McMaster nurse scientist who pioneered cardiac rehabilitation research in Canada, and faculty at McMaster’s School of Nursing alumna from 1981 to retirement in 2013 as a professor emerita.
Salim Yusuf, Executive Director of the Population Health Research Institute, said: “We are pleased to support this chair allowing Dr. Sherifali to invest more time in her research that will improve the lives of those living with diabetes. There is a significant opportunity for research with positive patient impact.”