The Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM) has recruited two new researchers



    MONTREAL, Sept. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Tarik Moroy, President and
Scientific Director of the IRCM, is pleased to announce the hiring of two new
researchers to the Institute.
    Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret is a physician and clinical researcher and
specializes in diabetes and obesity. He will join the IRCM in the coming weeks
as director of the Research Unit on Metabolism and will be part of the
clinical research and bioethics research axis. In addition, he will be the
director of the new technical platform on obesity, diabetes and metabolism. At
the IRCM, Dr. Rabasa-Lhoret holds the endowed J.-A.-De Sève Chair of
Excellence.
    "We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Rabasa-Lhoret in our Institute. His
extensive clinical expertise is widely recognized and his arrival will have a
significant impact on the overall clinical activity and on the clinical
research at the IRCM," said Dr. Pierre Larochelle, director of the clinical
research and bioethics research axis and director the IRCM Outpatient Clinic.
    Dr. Rabasa-Lhoret graduated from the Faculté de Médecine de Paris
St-Antoine and the Université de Montpellier. Before joining the IRCM, he was
in charge of the metabolic dysfunction laboratory in the nutrition department
at the Université de Montréal, researcher at the CHUM research centre
(Hôtel-Dieu) and physician in the endocrinology section at the CHUM
(Hôtel-Dieu).
    "The hiring of Dr. Rabasa-Lhoret is very important to the IRCM since he
will significantly strengthen our Institute's activities in clinical research.
The recruitment of a clinical researcher with such a high reputation and
strong research program has opened up a new avenue in a field that complements
perfectly our current clinical research program," added Dr. Moroy.
    Dr. Rabasa-Lhoret will continue his intervention studies in the areas of
human exercise and nutrition. "I am very pleased to join the IRCM. The
Institute provides high quality research support and top-level professional
services, which I need for my research," pointed out Dr. Rabasa-Lhoret.
    The second recruitment is that of Dr. Raphael Gottardo, a
bioinformatician. "He is the first bioinformatician to be hired at the
Institute and has joined the systems biology and medicinal chemistry research
axis. For the IRCM, this emerging field of biomedical research is quite new
and with Dr. Gottardo contributing his valuable expertise, we have gained a
top-ranking and well renowned expert in this field for our institution," said
Dr. Moroy.
    Dr. Gottardo holds a doctorate in statistics from the University of
Washington in Seattle. His doctoral thesis focused on the use of statistical
modeling in the analysis of gene expression data from DNA micro-arrays.
Dr. Gottardo took up his duties a few weeks ago and is now the director of the
Computational Biology Research Unit at the IRCM.
    Before his arrival at the Institute, Dr. Gottardo was an assistant
professor in the Department of Statistics and a member of the Bioinformatics
Centre at the University of British Columbia. "Dr. Gottardo's arrival will be
an important asset in the development of our research activities in systems
biology," mentioned Dr. Benoit Coulombe, director of the systems biology and
medicinal chemistry research axis at the IRCM.
    Dr. Gottardo will continue his research in computational biology and will
work on the development and application of statistical and bioinformatics
tools for the analysis and interpretation of large databases. "Being a member
of the IRCM team is very important to me. I will be able to take part in the
development of an entirely new field of research. The Institute is providing
an excellent infrastructure and the scientific environment to develop this
cutting-edge technology," mentioned Dr. Gottardo.

    Established in 1967, the IRCM (www.ircm.qc.ca) now has 37 research units
specialized in areas as diversified as systems biology, immunity and viral
infections, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, cancer, medicinal
chemistry, clinical research and ethical reflection. It has a staff of more
than 450. The IRCM is an independent institution, affiliated to Université de
Montréal. It has built over the years a close collaboration with McGill
University.




For further information:

For further information: Lucette Thériault, Director of Communications, 
IRCM, (514) 987-5535, lucette.theriault@ircm.qc.ca

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