Leading Canadian scientists and decision-makers are brought together through the initiative Science Meets Parliament. The third-year event’s goal is to introduce Parliamentarians to cutting-edge scientific research and the researchers who are conducting it in order to ensure that sound, evidence-based policy decisions are made.
The program, which is presented by the Canadian Science Policy Centre in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada, serves as a reminder of the crucial role that science and Canadian researchers play in the formulation of public policy. It serves as a reminder that the work scientists do can enhance people’s lives and create better society. It also emphasizes the necessity of providing support for Canadian scholars.
Dr. Jennifer Khoury of MSVU and 38 other prominent Canadian researchers, who were chosen from 120 candidates, were featured in this year’s presentation.
Dr. Khoury is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies in Neuroscience. She serves as the Director of the MSVU Developmental Psychobiology Research Center, which studies the impact of early experiences on biological, psychological, and social development.
Dr. Khoury typically uses physiological markers, such as the stress hormone cortisol, and brain imaging techniques to study how stress responses are affected. She is currently investigating the effects of childhood adversity, particularly maltreatment, on the health and wellbeing of expectant mothers and their unborn children. Additionally, she is investigating the impact of caregivers on children’s social-emotional growth and emotion regulation.
Dr. Khoury met with Parliamentarians in Ottawa on May 1 and May 2, including Senator Dr. Stan Kutcher and Halifax West MP Lena Metlege-Diab, among many others.
The initiative not only links scientists and lawmakers, but it also educates scientists on all facets of policy-making. Before their meetings in Ottawa, a number of seminars were arranged for the participating scientists. In addition to discussing fairness and diversity in science and policy, the talks included policy formation and the legislative process, as well as how to convey scientific data. Participants were also asked to participate in discussions with the Tri-Agency presidents.
More to this inspiring story at https://www.msvu.ca/msvu-tier-ii-crc-dr-jennifer-khoury-takes-her-research-to-parliament-hill/