University of Saskatchewan
CCHSA - Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture

James A. Dosman


James A. Dosman, OC, SOM., MA., MD, FRCP(C), FRSC, FCAHS.
Distinguished Research Chair
Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA)
College of Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
104 Clinic Place, PO Box 23
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 2Z4

Telephone: (306) 966-8286
Facsimile: (306) 966-8799
E-mail: james.dosman@usask.ca

 

Current Position:

Degrees:

James A. Dosman, is considered the “Father of Agricultural Medicine” in Canada. Dr. Dosman received his undergraduate training at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating in Medicine in 1963. After being a general practitioner in Saskatoon for four years, he did his residency in Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine and three years as a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University in Montreal, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1972. In 1975, he became founding Head of the Division of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Medicine, and in 1986, founding Director of the Centre for Agricultural Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.  He became the Director of the Institute of Agricultural Rural and environmental Health (I.ARE.H) when it was formed in 2001, and the Director of the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture when it was established in 2006.  He was the founding Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Agricultural Safety and Rural Health and founding Co-Chair of the Canadian Rural Health Research Society. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the Canadian Agriculture Safety Program, a national knowledge translation program supported by Agriculture and AgriFood Canada.  Dr. Dosman is credited with establishing the Agricultural Health and Safety Network in Saskatchewan, a farm safety and rural public health municipal based grass-roots knowledge translation organization involving, by 2011, 28,000 rural families. Dr. Dosman is a past Scholar of the Medical Research Council of Canada and a Distinguished Scientist of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Regional Partners Program).  He was the Principal Investigator of the Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research national training program “Public Health and the Agricultural Rural Ecosystem”, and the Principal Investigator of the Institute of Population and Public Health Centre for Research Development “Public Health: Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture”, both programs sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  The five International Symposia that he has spearheaded have served to assist in defining the scope of agricultural and rural public health in Canada and worldwide.  Dr. Dosman has been the organizer of the $5M private sector “Founding Chairs” fund of the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture.  He served a five year term on the governing council of the Medical Research Council of Canada, is a past president of the Canadian Thoracic Society and Life Member of the Saskatchewan Lung Association.  Dr. Dosman served on the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission from 2002 to 2007.  He received the Award for Meritorious Service to the People of Saskatchewan from the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities in 2001. He was awarded the University of Saskatchewan Award for Distinction in Public Service and Extension in 2003, was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2005, and received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2005.  In 2007 he received the Dean Stueland Scholar Award from the National Farm Medicine Centre, Marshfield, WI, USA.  In 2006-2007 he was a member of the National Research Council of the National Academy (Washington) to review the NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry and fishing Research Program. In 2007 he was instrumental in founding and was named President and CEO of Agrivita Canada Inc, a not-for-profit company aimed at promoting research, public health and safety in agriculture. In 2009 he was bestowed an Honourary Membership in the Canadian Medical Association, and was named among the 100 most influential alumni in the 100 year history of the College of Arts & Science, University of Saskatchewan. In 2010 he was named Distinguished Research Chair, University of Saskatchewan, inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and named an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2011 he was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame. He is married to Susan McKay Dosman. They have 5 children.


Positions Held:

1975 – 1985 Head, Division of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
1986 – 2001 Director, Centre for Agricultural Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
2001 – 2006 Director, Institute of Agricultural Rural and Environmental Health, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
2002 – 2003 Acting Head, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
2006 – 2007 Director, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan
2008 – CEO, Agrivita Canada Inc.
2010 – Distinguished Research Chair, University of Saskatchewan

Areas of Interest:

Research Grants Since 2000: $18,661,866

Private Sector Funding Since 1990:  $ 5,000,000

2011 – 2017 Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Assess, Redress, Re-assess: Addressing Disparities in Respiratory Health among First Nations People. Est. $2.3M (Co-principal Investigator).
2011 – 2016 Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Saskatchewan Farm Injury Cohort Study. $1.3M. (Co-principal Investigator).
2010 – 2016 Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Saskatchewan Rural Health Study. $1.7M. (Principal Investigator).
2008 – 2009 Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Knowledge Translation. Rural Health in Changing Environments. $8,550. (Principal Investigator, for the Canadian Rural Health Research Society)
2007 – 2009 SHRF. Surveillance of work-related injuries and evaluation for effective prevention (SWEEP) in health care. $79,479. (Co-Investigator).
2007 – 2008 Agriculture and AgriFood Canada.  A National Consultation on Health and Safety Research and its Effective Translation to the Agricultural Sector.  $75,000 (Principal Investigator)
2007 – 2012 Canada Foundation for Innovation.  National Agricultural Industrial Hygiene Laboratory.  $5.8M. (Principal Investigator)
2005 – 2011 Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Saskatchewan Farm Injury Cohort Study. $1.08M. (Co-principal Investigator).
2003 – 2012 Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  Public Health: Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture. $1.86M  (Principal Investigator).
2002 – 2011 Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  Exposure to Endotoxin and Lung Function, $2.1M (Principal Investigator).
2002 – 2009 Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research.  Public Health and the Agricultural Rural Ecosystem. $1.55M. (Principal Investigator).
2003 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Fifth International Symposium, Future of Rural Peoples: Rural Economy, Healthy People, Environment, Rural Communities. Rural Community Capacity Building Program Networking Initiative, $5,000. (Principal Investigator).
2003 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fifth International Symposium, Future of Rural Peoples: Rural Economy, Healthy People, Environment, Rural Communities. $50,000 USD.  (Principal Investigator).
2003 Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Fifth International Symposium, Future of Rural Peoples: Rural Economy, Healthy People, Environment, Rural Communities. $10,000.  (Principal Investigator).
2002 – 2003 Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  The Canada Rural and Remote Health Study: Progress Towards Project Building and Area Identification, $81,087.00 (Principal Investigator).
2001 – 2002 Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Proposed Strategy for the Development of Rural Health Research.  $41,000.  (Principal Investigator).
2000 – 2001 Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Effect of indoor air quality and production practice on respiratory health in exposed poultry workers in Canada. $188,930. (Principal Investigator).
2001 – 2003 Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  Effect of indoor air quality and production practice on respiratory health in exposed poultry workers in Canada. $297,820. (Principal Investigator).
2000 – 2002 Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  Bedside tests for aspiration in acute stroke. $87,000.  (Co-Investigator with Dr. J. Biem as Principal Investigator).
2000 – 2002 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Opportunity Award:  Consortium for Rural Health Research.  $48,000.00.

International Symposia Spearheaded:

2008 Sixth International Symposium: Public Health and the Agricultural Rural Ecosystem. Saskatoon, SK, Canada, October 19-23, 2008.
2003 Fifth International Symposium The Future of Rural Peoples: Rural Economy, Healthy People, Environment, Rural Communities. Saskatoon, SK, Canada, October 19-23, 2003.
1998 Fourth International Symposium: Rural Health and Safety in a Changing World. Saskatoon, SK, Canada, October 18-22, 1998.
1992 Third International Symposium: Issues in Health, Safety and Agriculture. Saskatoon, SK, Canada, May 10-15, 1992
1985 International Symposium on Health and Safety in Agriculture Saskatoon, SK, Canada, October 8-11, 1985
1977 International Symposium on Grain Dust and Health. Saskatoon, SK, Canada, October 20-23, 1977.

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