Chairs Galore

In September and November 2007, Jim Prentice, the Canadian Minister of Industry announced the appointment of nine McGill University professors to the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program:


  • Tho Le-Ngoc, broadband access communications
  • Stéphanie Lehoux, cardiovascular physiology
  • Gergely Lukacs, molecular and cellular biology of cystic fibrosis and other conformational diseases
  • Salah El Mestikawy, neurobiology
  • Audrey Moores, green chemistry
  • Vassilios Papadopoulos, biochemical pharmacology
  • Thomas Quinn, soft tissue biophysics
  • Amir Raz, cognitive neuroscience of attention
  • Barbara Sherwin, hormones, brain and cognition

Seven McGill CRCs were renewed:

  • Jorge L. Armony, affective neuroscience
  • Michel Biron, Québécois and francophone literature
  • Derek Bowie, receptor pharmacology
  • Sylvain Coulombe, non-thermal plasma processing
  • Elaine C. Davis, anatomy and cell biology
  • Stephen M. Saideman, international security and ethnic conflict
  • Thomas Schlich, history of medicine

The 16 CRCs have a value of $13.4-million. The Canada Foundation for Innovation will also invest over $2-million in infrastructure essential to the work done by the nine new Chairs. The Government of Canada created the CRC program in 2000; the program’s goal is to help make Canada one of the world’s top five countries for research and development by establishing 2,000 research professorships by 2008.