Dr. Howard Brunt is Vice-President (Academic) and Provost at the University of Northern British Columbia. Previously he was Associate Vice President, Research and a Professor of Nursing at the University of Victoria. He holds graduate degrees in cardiovascular nursing (MScN Yale) and epidemiology and community health sciences (PhD Calgary). He has been engaged in administering research ethics for a number of years and has chaired and served on research ethics boards (REBs) both within the university and the regional health authority. In his administrative role at UNBC, he provides leadership for implementing the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS) and is responsible for administering all regulatory aspects of research.
Dr. Brunt's research uses a multi-disciplinary approach toward issues in cardiovascular health, health promotion and, more recently, palliative care. Augmenting his grounding in epidemiology and health promotion, Dr. Brunt received a Fellowship from the Center for Studies in Religion and Society to better understand the way religious beliefs and worldviews influence decisions about health. In his work with Hutterites, Dr. Brunt has collaborated with anthropologists, religious scholars, nutritionists, physicians and geneticists among others, reflecting his broad-based interest in understanding the wide array of factors influencing health.
Dr. Brunt's programs of research have been funded by a variety of granting agencies and organisations (e.g. CIHR, NHRDP). He has received a number of awards for his research and service to the professional community. He serves on national research policy and grant review committees and has served on a number of national boards and committees related to health (e.g. CHSRF, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada).
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