June 23, 2009
For immediate release
OTTAWA - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today announced the re-appointments of Dr. Jean Rouleau and Dr. Brett Finlay to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Governing Council for their second three-year terms.
"Drs. Rouleau and Finlay are among the best and brightest minds in their respective fields and both men bring invaluable expertise to CIHR's Governing Council," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Thanks to these re-appointments, both members will be able to continue the work that they have already started in helping CIHR meet its mandate of improving the health of all Canadians."
Dr. Jean Rouleau is the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal and practises cardiology at the Montreal Heart Institute. Dr. Rouleau is a respected and world-famous cardiac researcher, with over 300 published articles. He has a deep understanding of teaching, research and care settings and will continue to make key contributions to Governing Council based on his experience. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Quebec Medical Association’s Prix Prestige, the Canadian Centennial Medal, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society's Career Research Achievement Award, and the 2009 Henry Friesen Award from the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. B. Brett Finlay is a Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories, and the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia. He has made several fundamental discoveries in the emerging field of cellular microbiology and has published over 300 papers. Dr. Finlay is recognized internationally for his work and is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. He is a cofounder of Inimex Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Director of the SARS Accelerated Vaccine Initiative. He is a strong supporter of communicating science to the public. Dr. Finlay will continue to play a leadership role on Governing Council and its committees.
The biographies for the members of the CIHR Governing Council can be found at The Canadian Institutes of Health Research website.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
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