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Distasio named U of W's vice-president of research, innovation

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Prof. Jino Distasio has been named University of Winnipeg’s associate vice-president, research and innovation, effective March 17.

Distasio is currently director of U of W's high profile Institute of Urban Studies (IUS) and a member of the department of geography in the faculty of science.

Distasio most recently served as a co-principal investigator on the Mental Health Commission of Canada's five-city study of mental health and homelessness. This landmark $110-million dollar demonstration project remains the largest of its kind and has contributed to the housing and support of more than 1,000 Canadians over the past four years.

Oversight of the research portfolio at U of W will no longer reside with Neil Besner, responsible for overseeing this portfolio since 2010. Besner is provost and vice-president, academic and international..

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