Dr. Christine Friedenreich

Interim Scientific Director;

Associate Scientific Director

Dr. Christine Friedenreich is an accomplished epidemiologist dedicated to prevention who – through committed and ongoing participation in Institute programs, such as Internal Peer Review – has cemented a reputation as a capacity and community builder who values service and the success of others.

As a researcher, Christine is a Cancer Epidemiologist, studying the role of physical activity in reducing the risk of developing cancer and in improving quality of life and survival after diagnosis. With AHS being her primary appointment, Christine is Scientific Director of AHS CancerControl’s Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research; and Division Head of Preventive Oncology, in the Cumming School of Medicine’s Department of Oncology. As an academic, she is Adjunct Professor in CSM’s Department of Community Health Sciences, the Department of Oncology, as well as the Faculty of Kinesiology.


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Jamie Day

Dr. Jamie Day

Administrative Director

Dr. Jamie Day is Administrative Director of the O'Brien Institute for Public Health. Trained as a biomedical researcher (PhD Neuroscience), her postdoctoral experiences developed strengths in scientific writing and research management. Dr. Day has over ten years’ experience as a university research administrator and brings to the Institute valuable experience with strategic funding applications, budgeting and reporting of research infrastructure projects, navigating university systems and policies, and the management of research projects and teams.

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Dr. Melanie Rock

Strategic Adviser, Past Associate Scientific Director

Dr Melanie Rock served as the O’Brien Institute’s Associate Scientific Director from 2016 to 2018. Her involvement in the O’Brien Institute continues as a Strategic Advisor, drawing on her background in anthropology, social work, and health promotion (PhD, McGill University; MSW, University of Toronto; PDF, Université de Montréal; RSW, Alberta College of Social Workers). She is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, where her primary appointment is in the Cumming School of Medicine's Department of Community Health Sciences. At the University of Calgary, she also has adjunct appointments in the Department of Anthropology and Archeology, Faculty of Arts; in the Faculty of Social Work; and in the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Honorary affiliations include the Institut de recherche en santé publique de l'Université de Montréal and the Wellcome Centre for Environments + Cultures of Health at the University of Exeter.

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Dr. Lynn McIntyre

Strategic Adviser, Past Associate Scientific Director 

Dr. Lynn McIntyre is Professor Emerita of Community Health Sciences in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She retired from her active faculty position in November 2015.  She continues to be involved in research and in population health advancement. Prior to coming to Calgary, Dr. McIntyre served three terms as Dean of the Faculty of Health Professions at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Dr. McIntyre holds both a medical degree and master's degree in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. She is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. .

Dr. McIntyre's research is focused on household food insecurity--inadequate access to food due to financial constraint. She uses both quantitative and qualitative means to advance policy that will reduce food insecurity at the population level.

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