Montreal, QC – Claude Lazure, PhD has been appointed interim scientific director and Dr Michel Bureau has been appointed as an adviser to the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), effective January 2012. The appointments were recently announced by Rémi Quirion, chief scientist of Québec and chairman of the board of directors of the FRQS.
A researcher at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal, Dr Lazure has been a scientific adviser to the Fonds’ research centre program for the past 10 years. He has also served on several of the Fonds’ evaluation committees.
His appointment follows the departure of Viviane Poupon, who was the interim scientific director of the Fonds until mid-December and has accepted a high-level administrative position at the Montréal Neurological Institute.
President and CEO of the Fonds from 1996 to 2003, Dr Bureau will bring his clinical research expertise to the organization, especially in matters pertaining to the Québec Biopharmaceutical Strategy and the development of clinical research in Québec in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
The FRQS reports to Quebec’s Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade and is devoted to promoting and supporting health research in the province.