Associate Vice-President Research Health (UofS)/
Vice-President - Research and Innovation (SHR)
M.E. (Beth) Horsburgh
Dr. M.E. (Beth) Horsburgh was appointed Associate Vice-President Research -Health at the University of Saskatchewan and Vice-President Research & Innovation at the Saskatoon Health Region on July 1, 2007. The overarching purpose of this joint position is to support excellence in health research and to create synergies between the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Health Region through the development of common goals.
Dr. Horsburgh is a key participant in strategic planning related to health research at both the Saskatoon Health Region and the University of Saskatchewan. This includes developing and implementing strategies and programs with community stakeholders, and leading efforts to translate research knowledge into clinical innovation, evidence-based policies, practices, and decision-making. A member of both the Office of the Vice-President Research Executive Committee at the University of Saskatchewan and the Senior Leadership Team of the Saskatoon Health Region, Dr. Horsburgh plays an important role in ensuring the integration of health research initiatives between the University and the Health Region, while addressing the needs of clients and stakeholders. She also represents the University and the Health Region at the provincial and federal levels; this includes the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) has also contributed base and operating funding to this joint position.
Originally from Ontario, Dr. Horsburgh obtained her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Nursing at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and completed her Master of Education degree at the University of Windsor. She has experience working as a clinical nurse manager, instructor, and staff nurse. Dr. Horsburgh was the Director of the School of Nursing at the University of Windsor, and became Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan in 2000. From 2005 to 2007, she was the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Horsburgh has served as Vice-President Research and as Chair of the Standing Committee on Education of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. Her research program focuses on self-care, caregiving, health, and well-being of adults with chronic illness (particularly end stage renal disease). Dr. Horsburgh has received operating grants from the Kidney Foundation of Canada – Allied Health Grants, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. She has twenty refereed publications to her credit, as author or co-author, and has presented more than sixty invited papers nationally and internationally.