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Jim ThornhillActing Associate Vice-President Research – Health
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Before July 1st, 2012, Dr. Thornhill was a Special Assistant to the Office of the Vice-President Research (OVPR) for Health Research, a new position established in April 2010. Prior to joining the OVPR, Jim held the roles of Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies) from 2004 to 2010 and Associate Dean (Research & Basic Sciences) from 2002 – 2004 in the College of Medicine. He previously received his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Western Ontario in 1978 and did Post-Doctorate work at the University of Calgary from 1978-80 in the Department Medical Physiology.
Dr. Thornhill joined the University of Saskatchewan, Department of Physiology in 1980 and worked through the ranks over 22 years as an active instructor, supervisor and well funded researcher, also being Department Head of Physiology from 1988-94. His MRC-CIHR/H&SF funded research studied the role of temperature in the brain damage caused by stroke in various animal models. This biomedical work led to both publications and patients including the development of a cooling collar to assist stroke patients in the pre-hospital setting.
As part of the University’s Second Integrated Plan, he was one of twenty Commitment Leaders appointed by the University Provost, his specific portfolio being to investigate ways to accurately assess and promote Research Collaboration and Success at the University. This work culminated in the establishment of a more formalized Research Mentorship Program for all new tenure track faculty starting in July, 2012. In 2009, he was presented with the Award of Merit by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada for his long term, exceptional service to the mission of heart and stroke disease in Canada.