The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was created in 1997 to provide the Minister of Health with independent, expert, multi-disciplinary, and strategic advice on scientific programs, emerging health science issues and trends, and on scientific partnerships and linkages. The SAB advises Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada on science and policy priorities and on the relevance and effectiveness of their research.
As of June 2010, the SAB reports to the Deputy Minister of Health and the Chief Public Health Officer and serves the interests of the Department and the Agency. This change is seen as a positive move that will ensure that its advice is used to its utmost potential.
The SAB consists of 15 members and is chaired by Dr. Renaldo Battista. Meetings are held twice a year, once in the Fall to coincide with the Health Canada Science Forum and again in the Spring.
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The Board is supported by a Secretariat located within the Science Policy Directorate, Strategic Policy Branch. The Secretariat provides strategic advice and support to the Board, and prepares the meeting agenda for approval by the Deputy Minister and the Chief Public Health Officer. It also coordinates the preparation of documents for the meetings, and prepares the meeting summaries and reports.
For more information on the Science Advisory Board and its work, please contact the Science Advisory Board Secretariat.
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