SFU helps create, appoint $2.5 M research chair in First Nations heart health

January 25, 2016

Simon Fraser University, St Paul’s Hospital, and the First Nations Health Authority have appointed Jeff Reading as the inaugural First Nations Health Authority Chair in Heart Health and Wellness. The $2.5 M Chair is reportedly the first of its kind in Western Canada, and is devoted to the pursuit of “research and education to develop a cardiac health program tailored to the needs of First Nations people.” Reading, a Mohawk from the Tyendinaga First Nation in Ontario, lost his father to a heart attack. Following his appointment, he told reporters, “it’s tragic that my dad’s life had to end the way it did. There are things my father could have done better to manage his own heart disease, but it’s a question of providing people with the knowledge and the tools so that they can actually improve their health and wellbeing.” Metro | SFU (Chair Announcement) | SFU (Reading Appointment)