Message from the Interim Executive Director

Dr. Miguel Burnier
Miguel Burnier, Executive Director and CSO (Interim)

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) is Quebec’s largest health research institute, uniquely positioned to bring real change to adult and pediatric healthcare research. Our success is driven by our exceptional community of researchers, staff and students, all of whom share a commitment to improving human health across the lifespan.

It is for these reasons, and many more, that I am honoured and privileged to be given the opportunity to serve as interim director of the RI-MUHC. I am grateful to the Board of Directors, including Chairman Peter Kruyt and MUHC President Dr. Pierre Gfeller, for giving me their trust.

I look forward to connecting with many more members of our community, in both the administrative teams who ensure the smooth operation of the RI-MUHC and research teams involved in innovative science across all our sites. I know that it will be energizing to meet more of the new, young investigators driving the future directions of our organization, and satisfying to explore new paths with longtime colleagues. I will continue my efforts to support and develop our talented trainees, particularly through the Desjardins Centre for Advanced Training, where I have been a Director for several years. Because research strength is so often founded in partnerships, I anticipate ongoing close collaborations with our hospital, the McGill community, and our wonderful foundations, as well as with many different industry and government organizations. Working on a national and an international scale, together we can enhance our already compelling reputation.

I would also like to reiterate my support for the RI-MUHC’s commitment to building a diverse, inclusive and respectful environment for excellence in biomedical research. We have a shared responsibility for action, and I look forward to working with the community on this important dossier.

In closing, I would like to extend my gratitude to Dr. Bruce Mazer for his leadership during the past four years. He has generously shared many insights during this leadership transition and I will do my best to maintain and build upon Dr. Mazer’s many achievements.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement as we move forward together.

Miguel Burnier, Executive Director and CSO (Interim)

July 2020