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McGill University installs inaugural Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology

McGill alumnus tagged to boost capacity and discovery in growing field

Montreal, May 26, 2016 – Dr. Robert Platt, Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University's Faculty of Medicine was officially announced as the inaugural Albert Boehringer (1st) Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology, during an event held earlier today at McGill.

Bridging the disciplines of pharmacology and epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology examines the use and effect of drugs to assess their overall benefits, as well as possible adverse effects, for defined populations.

Dr. Platt is excited by the opportunities this position presents for the University and for prospective students. "The Chair will allow me to expand and extend my own research program and to bring together groups across campus and McGill's affiliated hospital network," noted Platt. "But, it's also allowing us to create a graduate option in pharmacoepidemiology. For students interested in health sciences and data analytics, this is going to be a very attractive place to be for future career opportunities."

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