The Director of the Research Instituteof the MUHC elected to the Académie nationale de médecine in France

Montreal, 2 July 2008 - The achievements realised during his career as a researcher by Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos, Director of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and Associate Executive Director of the MUHC, have once again been recognized and rewarded internationally.

At their last meeting the members of the French Académie nationale de Médecine elected Dr. Papadopoulos as a "foreign corresponding member" of the Division of biological and pharmaceutical sciences, thereby giving him entry into one of the most prestigious public health institutions in France.

"This recognition demonstrates the international influence of Dr. Papadopoulos's work and the respect he elicits from his peers. We are very proud to benefit not only from his expertise and leadership as director of our Research Institute but also from his own research projects," said Dr. Arthur T. Porter, Director General and CEO of the McGill University Health Centre. "This honour shows that the MUHC attracts the best researchers in the world and that our future is indeed promising."

The Académie nationale de médecine is comprised of French and international experts. It was founded in 1820 with the mandate to advise the French government on public health issues and "to contribute to the progress of various branches in the art of healing." The fact that members are peer-elected ensures its independence and the quality of its findings. This organization therefore holds a special place within the various French institutions working in the field of health.

The Académie nationale de Médecine is a member of many European and international networks, such as the InterAcademy Medical Panel, whose purpose is to promote institutional cooperation and to make advances in multiple world health issues.

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) is a world-renowned biomedical and health-care hospital research centre. Located in Montreal, Quebec, the institute is the research arm of the MUHC, the university health center affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. The institute supports over 600 researchers, nearly 1200 graduate and post-doctoral students; it also operates more than 300 laboratories devoted to a broad spectrum of fundamental and clinical research. The Research Institute operates at the forefront of knowledge, innovation and technology and is inextricably linked to the clinical programs of the MUHC, ensuring that patients benefit directly from the latest research-based knowledge.
The Research Institute of the MUHC is supported in part by the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec.
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