Person: Dr Alan Bernstein

Dr Peter Munsche

Dr Peter Munsche is stepping down as assistant VP, technology transfer at the Univ of Toronto after 17 years. Munsche took up the position after serving for six years (1982-88) as executive director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. While at U of T, he was founding chair of the Canadian University Intellectual Property…

Karimah Es Sabar

Karimah Es Sabar has been appointed executive director of BC Biotech, an association representing the province’s biotechnology industry. Es Sabar was most recently VP and COO of Medsurge Medical Inc. Prior to that, she was founder and managing director of SAL Healthcare Ltd, a marketing, distribution and consulting firm in Nairobi Kenya. Es Sabar holds…

Dr André Musy

Dr André Musy has been appointed DG of Ouranos, the research institute of Hydro-Québec. Musy comes to Ouranos from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). His experience in hydrology, the environment and land and water use is well suited to Ouranos’ two-pronged research program of climate science/hydrology and impacts and adaptation strategies. Musy holds…

Dr Arden Bement

Dr Arden Bement has been appointed director of the National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency with an annual budget of nearly $5.5 billion. Bement’s nomination was made in September by president George W Bush and confirmed by the US Senate November 20. He has been serving as acting director since February/04. The beginning of…

Dr Brian Unger

Dr Brian Unger has been selected for the public leadership award from CANARIE as part of its annual IWAY Awards, held last month in Halifax. Unger was chosen for his roles in developing high performance computing in Canada and founding C3.ca, Canada’s high-performance computing consortium. Unger is president and CEO of Calgary-based iCORE (Informatics Circle…

Dr Alan Bernstein

Dr Alan Bernstein, president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, has been appointed to the scientific board of the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative (GCGHI). The GCGHI is supported by a $200-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. The scientific…

Dr Alex Navarre

Dr Alex Navarre has been appointed director of technology transfer and industry liaison at the Univ of Western Ontario (UWO), effective October 12/04. Navarre recently served in the same capacity at McGill Univ. He currently serves as a member of the selection committee for the Idea To Innovation commercialization program at Science and Engineering Research…

Dr Fred Langstaffe

Dr Fred Langstaffe has been appointed provost and VP academic at the Univ of Western Ontario for a five-year tern effective July 1/05. Langstaffe was most recently dean of UWO’s faculty of science and served as chair of the earth sciences department from 1993 to 1999. As provost his responsibilities include faculty relations, information technology…

Dr Alan Bernstein

Health research will shape this century

By Dr Alan Bernstein

In today’s knowledge-based economy, health research is a key driver of economic growth. Our nation’s future prosperity and health is critically dependent on our ability to develop new scientific knowledge, to exploit it in Canada, to develop new products and services to alleviate all facets of disease, and to develop an innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable health system.

Pearse Flynn

Pearse Flynn has been appointed president of Alcatel’s Carrier Networking Group. Flynn was president and COO of Newbridge Networks Corp until Alcatel’s takeover of the Kanata ON-based firm was completed last month. As president of the new group, he will be responsible for network and inter-networking activities aimed at the carrier market and will sit…