Message from the President: Term renewal for the CIHR Institute of Aging Scientific Director

On behalf of Governing Council, I am pleased to announce the renewal of Dr. Yves Joanette’s term as Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA), from August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2019.

Since joining CIHR in 2011, Dr. Joanette has shown steadfast leadership to CIHR-IA and several large initiatives, including the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging and the CIHR Dementia Research Strategy. He has also served as co-lead for the CIHR eHealth Innovations and the Healthy and Productive Work initiatives.

During his first term, Dr. Joanette led efforts to support research focused on improving the quality of life and health of aging Canadians. In particular, he promoted research in the area of active aging, and research that takes a more holistic view of the wide range of health challenges associated with aging.

Since his appointment, Dr. Joanette has played an instrumental role in advancing dementia research in Canada and on the world stage. In 2014, he was appointed to the World Dementia Council, which champions the global fight against this devastating condition. That same year, on the occasion of the Canada-France Legacy Event in Ottawa, Dr. Joanette led CIHR’s efforts to gather experts and representatives from around the world to discuss the most pressing issues in the field. In addition, he was recently elected as a member of the Steering Committee of the EU Joint Programming Initiative “More Years Better Lives.” At the national level, under his leadership, the Institute recently launched an important call for research on late life issues.

The work of CIHR’s Scientific Directors is imperative to achieving CIHR’s objectives and realizing our vision for health research in Canada. As an eminent scientist and highly respected leader, Dr. Joanette will continue to make important contributions to CIHR and be a strong advocate for aging research in his second term.

Alain Beaudet, MD, PhD
President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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