Message from Dr. Alain Beaudet, CIHR President, about CIHR-ICRH’s Transition

Dr. Jean L. Rouleau, Scientific Director of the CIHR’s Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (CIHR-ICRH), has announced plans to step down at the end of his term at the end of November 2015. Although this transition is still months away, I would like to thank Dr. Rouleau for his outstanding contributions to health research in Canada and to CIHR.

Dr. Rouleau, a respected cardiologist, mentor and world-renowned researcher, was appointed Scientific Director of CIHR-ICRH in December 2010. The Institute thrived under Dr. Rouleau’s leadership, launching three pan-Canadian research networks in the areas of stroke, vascular health, and respiratory health. These networks have united the best minds in these three fields to translate research into practice for the benefit of Canadian patients.

During his tenure, Dr. Rouleau made capacity building a priority. This included the support of early career investigators through programs such as the CIHR-ICRH Young Investigators Forum and the Emerging Research Leaders Initiative (ERLI). The ERLI program, which includes partnerships with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Lung Association, aims to support the next generation of cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and respiratory health researchers.

Dr. Rouleau also played a key role in the development of the Environments and Health Signature Initiative, served for one year as the champion for Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) and later as co-champion of Clinical Trials for SPOR.

On a more personal note, Dr. Rouleau was a respected member of CIHR’s Science Council, where he was appreciated for his expertise, insightful perspectives, steadfast commitment to the Canadian health research enterprise. He has championed the integration of patient engagement in health research and has been a tireless defender of clinical and patient-oriented research.

On behalf of CIHR, I extend my gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Rouleau for his service to Canadians.


Alain Beaudet, M.D., Ph.D.
President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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