Biography – ICRH Scientific Director: Dr. Ariane Marelli

Dr. Ariane Marelli was appointed Scientific Director of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research effective April 1, 2024. In this role, she provides scientific leadership to support the setting of research priorities and to inform decisions relating to strategic funding initiatives. As Scientific Director, she works closely with health policy decision-makers and partners in the health research ecosystem to address important health challenges and to build capacity for research excellence within the Institute mandate.

Dr. Marelli is one of Canada’s leading cardiovascular scientists and is known internationally for her work in congenital heart disease. She is a Professor of Medicine at McGill University, Associate Member of the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and a Senior Scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC).

She founded the McGill Adult Unit for Congenital Heart Disease Excellence, which provides care to thousands of cardiac patients every year. Her background in public health has enabled Dr. Marelli to do groundbreaking work to understand the health needs of patients with congenital heart disease from birth to old age. Her research leverages big data science, applied neural networks, digital tools, and quality improvement methodologies. Her research has influenced policy and led to new models of delivering health services for patients with lifelong heart conditions.

At the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center, she led the development of the Cardiovascular Health Across the Lifespan Program, a program that brings together scientists working on basic, clinical and health outcomes research to advance knowledge and develop new therapies for cardiac and cardiovascular diseases in children and adults.

She is a Clinical Research Scholar of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS). She is the immediate past-President of the Canadian Adult Congenital Heart Network of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

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