Specialist in inherited diseases, Dr. Christopher McMaster, named Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Genetics
“I congratulate Dr. McMaster on his appointment as Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Genetics. He has a truly outstanding record of research in the fields of biochemistry, yeast genetics, rare inherited diseases, and the development of novel drugs. I know that he is well positioned to continue IG’s tradition of unwavering support for capacity-building and strengthening the many research communities that the Institute serves.”
- Roderick R. McInnes, CM, MD, PhD, FRSC
Acting President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
“I look forward to working with and supporting Canada's genetics community. Canada has a rich history in training and conducting world-class genetics spanning basic, translational, clinical, and outcomes research. There is substantive momentum across all areas that the IG will seek to further foster and grow."
- Christopher McMaster, PhD
Incoming Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Genetics
“The appointment of Dr. McMaster to the prestigious role of Scientific Director is a testament to his significant accomplishments as a scientist and leader in his field. His innovative research has had a key role in shaping the future of genetic science in Canada and around the world, and we are proud to have a researcher of his caliber part of the Dalhousie University community.”
- Dr. Alice Aiken
Vice-President (Research), Dalhousie University
The CIHR Institute of Genetics (IG) supports research on the human and model genomes and on all aspects of genetics, basic biochemistry, and cell biology related to health and disease, including the translation of knowledge into health policy and practice, and the societal implications of genetic discoveries.
1 in 15 Canadians is born with a rare disease, so-called because they affect only small group of patients and families. Most of the world’s 6,000 to 8,000 rare diseases are genetic.
IG spearheads two of CIHR’s most prominent initiatives: Personalized Medicine, which is stimulating the discovery, testing, and translation of biomarkers, targets, and genomic signatures for disease prevention and treatment, and the Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium, which is supporting the burgeoning field of epigenetics – the study of changes in the regulation of gene activity and expression through the interaction with environmental factors.
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At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada's health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.
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