Dr. Alan Bernstein, President of Canadian Institutes of Health Research, announces plan to resign in October

    OTTAWA, June 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Alan Bernstein has informed Minister
of Health Tony Clement and CIHR's Governing Council that he will be resigning
as President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, effective
October 31, 2007.
    Dr. Bernstein indicated that he had completed what he came to Ottawa to
do which was to develop and implement a unique vision and structure for health
research that embraces all approaches to health and disease, built on a base
of excellence in research. After seven years, CIHR has made significant
strides in advancing and transforming Canadian health research. CIHR has
become a model for the world as noted in a report tabled in the British
Parliament last fall on the organization of health research. Dr. Bernstein
stated that based on CIHR's remarkable progress to-date, it was now a good
time for him to step aside and allow the Government of Canada to seek new
leadership for Canada's flagship health research agency.
    "Dr. Bernstein has provided exceptional leadership to both CIHR and the
health research community. All Canadians are benefiting from CIHR's important
contributions to health research made during Dr. Bernstein's tenure," said
Minister Clement. "The Government of Canada remains committed to CIHR and will
be moving quickly to find a successor for Dr. Bernstein."
    Dr. Bernstein became the inaugural President of CIHR in June 2000
following a stellar career as an internationally-recognized scientist and
research leader.

    About the CIHR

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to catalyze its translation into improved health,
more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and
support to more than 11,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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For further information:

For further information: David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, (613)
941-4563, mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

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