Diane T. Finegood, PhD

Dr. Diane T. Finegood is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology. Dr. Finegood leads the Chronic Disease Systems Modeling Lab (CDSM) which houses staff and students working to build maps, models, and solution-orientated frameworks to help address the problem of obesity. The CDSM lab uses both qualitative and quantitative data analysis, conceptual, mathematical and computer models, including system dynamics, agent based and social network methods to suggest innovative solutions to improving health and preventing chronic disease.  Dr. Finegood also serves as Executive Director of the CAPTURE Project (Canadian Platform to Increase Usage of Real-world Evidence, www.thecaptureproject.ca). This strategic initiative, funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, is building a system to support the collection and use of practice and policy-relevant, “real world” evidence. 

In December 2008, Dr. Finegood completed her eight year tenure as Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD). During her appointment, she guided Canada’s health research agenda across INMD’s mandate and within its strategic priority on obesity and healthy body weight.  She currently serves on many boards and committees, including the Advisory Board for Community Interventions for Health, the NHLBI’s Global Health Initiative, and the Board of Directors for the Canadian Obesity Network.  She has received a range of honours and awards for her academic and leadership contributions to the field including: the Inaugural Distinguished Lecturer of the Canadian Obesity Network (2009) and the George Bray Founder’s Award from the Obesity Society (2005).

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