Claudette Allard, President of the Board of Directors of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, and François Morin, President of the Board of Directors of the Douglas Institute Research Centre, are pleased to announce the appointment of Brigitte L. Kieffer, PhD, to the position of Scientific Director of the Research Centre. Dr. Kieffer will start her position in January 2014 and will also become the Monique H. Bourgeois Chair in Pervasive Developmental Disorders at the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University.
Dr. Kieffer graduated from the University of Strasbourg and is the Research Director at the Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (Inserm) in France. She joined the Institut de génétique et de biologie moléculaire et cellulaire (IGBMC) in Strasbourg in 2001 and has directed this institute since 2012. Between 2001 and 2012, she received three major awards from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the French Académie des sciences. She was also named a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and was decorated as a Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honour by the President of the French Republic.
Dr. Kieffer’s reputation and expertise in genetics and molecular and cellular biology, particularly in the fields of addiction, mood disorders and other mental illnesses such as autism, are essential assets that will ensure the quality of Canadian research both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Kieffer succeeds Rémi Quirion, PhD, who has served as Chief Scientist of Québec since 2011. Institute researcher Alain Gratton, PhD, has been acting as Interim Scientific Director for the Douglas.