The Southern Medical Program’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program (CDPP) is aimed at progressing the research front in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis, a Professor with UBC Faculty of Medicine and UBC Okanagan Faculty of Health and Social Development, is the founding CDPP Director.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, three in five Canadians over the age of 20 live with a chronic illness and four in five are at risk. In Canada, 67 per cent of all deaths each year are caused by four major chronic conditions: cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic respiratory disease.
Based at UBC Okanagan, the CDPP will harness the strengths of researchers from both Okanagan and Vancouver campuses and Interior Health (IH) to support new discoveries and knowledge translation in the areas of physical activity, nutrition/healthy eating, diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and neurotrauma and neurodegenerative diseases.
To bolster the program’s development, Dr. Martin Ginis will serve as the inaugural Reichwald Family UBC Southern Medical Program Chair in Preventive Medicine. Established by the Reichwald family, the endowed chair will accelerate the development of an academic research program that advances our understanding of chronic disease and establishes new community-based prevention programs for the BC Interior.