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Dr. Soskolne's past 40 years of experience has seen him involved in building new activities and in moving frontiers forward in South Africa, the USA, Canada, and at the World Health Organization (WHO).

In South Africa (1973 – 1977), he established the Transvaal Branch of the Medical Research Council's Institute for Statistical Research, integral to the advancement of biomedical research. From 1978 to 1982, he assisted the Chair of Epidemiology (the late Dr. Anita Bahn) at the University of Pennsylvania in securing a place at the University for the epidemiology training program. He did so in his capacity as the elected student representative through his PhD program.

In Toronto (1982 – 1985), Dr. Soskolne directed the Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation's Epidemiology Research Unit in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics at the University of Toronto from where he developed and led various aspects of research and education AIDS initiatives in Toronto.

On re-locating to Edmonton in 1985, Dr. Soskolne immediately set about to honour his mandate, which was to establish the Epidemiology Program in the then Department of Health Services Administration and Community Medicine. By 1994, he had trained at least one PhD student and opened the way for both Masters- and PhD-level training in epidemiology at the University of Alberta. From 1996 – 1998, he took charge of graduate training in the then newly-named Department of Public Health Sciences. He built the training program which grew from fewer than 30 students in 1996 to over 100 students in 1998 in the various specialization tracks in the Public Health Sciences. The Epidemiology track grew to be the largest of the various specialization areas in the Department of Public Health Sciences.

Dr. Soskolne's work as founding Academic Coordinator in the newly-established Office of Sustainability in the Provost's Office (2008 – 2010) included a focus on curriculum development for sustainability-training across all disciplines throughout the University of Alberta. This work required interdisciplinary collaboration campus-wide.

In 2007, Dr. Soskolne was elected President of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CSEB). He was re-elected for a further two-year term in 2009. From 2011 – 2013, he remained on the CSEB Board as Immediate Past-President.

In April, 2013, Dr. Soskolne was elected to the position of Vice-President (North America) on the interim board of the Society for the Advancement of Science in Africa (SASA).


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