Dr. Norman Rosenblum named Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes

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Dr. Rosenblum is an expert in kidney development and the causes of kidney disease in children

November 8, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Dr. Roderick McInnes, Acting President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), along with CIHR’s Governing Council, announced today the appointment of Dr. Norman Rosenblum as the new Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes. This appointment will be effective January 1, 2018.

A Tier-1 Canada Research Chair in Developmental Nephrology, Dr. Rosenblum is one of Canada’s foremost experts in kidney disease in children.  He is a professor at the University of Toronto and a pediatric nephrologist and senior scientist at the Research Institute of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). His lab studies kidney development with the goal of better understanding the causes of kidney malformation, disease and failure in children.

As Scientific Director, Dr. Rosenblum will work with his community to identify research priorities, develop funding opportunities, build partnerships and translate research evidence into policy and practice to improve the health of Canadians and people around the world. As a member of CIHR’s leadership team, he will participate in setting and implementing CIHR’s strategic direction.


“On behalf of CIHR, I wish to congratulate Dr. Rosenblum on his appointment as Scientific Director of INMD. Dr. Rosenblum has not only distinguished himself as a leading researcher in this field, but has also served as an inspiration and mentor to countless clinician-scientists throughout Canada. As we welcome Dr. Rosenblum, we also express our gratitude to Dr. Phil Sherman for serving in this role over the past eight years, and wish him success in all his future endeavours.”
- Dr. Roderick R. McInnes, CM, O.Ont, MD, PhD, FRSC
Acting President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

”It is an honour to take on this appointment with CIHR’s Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes. These are critical areas of investigation in today’s society and we are committed to scientific excellence, the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians.”
- Dr. Norman Rosenblum, MD, CRC
Incoming Scientific Director, Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes

Quick Facts

  • The CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes’ (CIHR-INMD) mandate supports research to enhance health in relation to diet, digestion, excretion and metabolism; and to address causes, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and palliation for a wide range of conditions and problems associated with hormone, digestive system, kidney and liver function.

  • Support for research into nutrition, metabolism and diabetes is more important than ever before:

    • One in four adult Canadians and one in 10 children have clinical obesity.
    • Diabetes is among the four most common chronic diseases and the seventh leading cause of death in Canada, and costs the Canadian economy $9 billion annually. As well, approximately 11 million Canadians are living with prediabetes, a condition that significantly increases the risk of several chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
    • One in 10 Canadians is at risk for kidney disease.

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Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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