Head of Canada’s health research investment agency to discuss collaboration at Hebrew University

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Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, visits Israel to promote scientific collaboration between Israel and Canada

Will deliver public lecture on Canada-Israel health research challenges and opportunities

Awarded the Bullock Chair in Canadian Studies from Hebrew University’s Halbert Centre 

On March 26, Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), will visit the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to discuss health research and explore opportunities for collaboration. As the Canadian government’s health research investment agency, the CIHR is mandated to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system for Canadians.

Dr. Beaudet will meet with, among others, Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, president of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and, in the Faculty of Medicine, officials and students from the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada and the Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine. These are among the first meetings Dr. Beaudet will hold with academia, government and the private sector during his visit to Israel.

PUBLIC LECTURE, MARCH 26, MOUNT SCOPUS CAMPUS: The Hebrew University’s Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies has awarded Dr. Beaudet the 2014 James R. Bullock Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies (see Government of Canada announcement). As the Visiting Chair, on March 26 Dr. Beaudet will deliver a public lecture on "Health Research for the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges." His comments will include the critical role health research collaboration plays in building a vibrant science enterprise in both Canada and Israel, and unique bilateral opportunities to achieve progress on shared priorities and outcomes. The lecture is open to the public; see details at http://bit.ly/1haFX7q.

The President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, said: “I congratulate Dr. Beaudet on receiving this honor, and I look forward to meeting with him to discuss opportunities for the Hebrew University to collaborate on health research with our Canadian partners. The advanced health care and scientific research in Canada and Israel are the envy of many nations. We already have great partnerships through such initiatives as our Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada, and together we will continue to advance science not only for our two countries but for the benefit of people everywhere.”

Canada’s Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, said: “Canada and Israel are great friends and allies. Our Government is proud to support The Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies and all the work it does to strengthen relations between our two great countries. I wish to congratulate Dr. Beaudet on receiving this honour and wish him well as he embarks on his visit to Israel to explore new opportunities for collaboration in the area of health research and innovation.”

The President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Dr. Alain Beaudet, said: “I am honoured to have been selected as the James R. Bullock Visiting Chair. Canada and Israel share a strong commitment to science and common strengths in several fields, notably in neurosciences. We also have a proud history of successful collaboration between academic communities and among private sector industry. I am looking forward to exploring how we can build on these successes and shape new horizons for partnerships and prosperity.”

The Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University is co-sponsored by Ralph and Roz Halbert of Toronto and the Government of Canada. The Centre fosters research and promotes the understanding and knowledge of Canadian civilization among Israeli academics and the public at large in the areas of social sciences, humanities, law, social work, and business administration.

The Bullock Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies was established in 1995 in honor of businessman James R. Bullock with the aim of inviting prominent Canadian authors, scientists, scholars, and policy makers in order to enhance the field of Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in Israel. The individuals asked to hold the Bullock Chair are selected on the basis of their outstanding accomplishments and their ability to strengthen and deepen the relationship between Canada and Israel.

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