Thanks to substantial donations collected by the IRCM Foundation from individuals and businesses, the Institut created Research Chairs in specific scientific areas:
Canadian Pacific Chair on pain
Holder: Peter W. Schiller (1990-1994)
Created in 1990, the Canadian Pacific Chair on pain aims to fund research projects on the understanding of pain and the control of chronic pain. Dr. Schiller, Chairholder, is the Director of the Chemical Biology and Peptide Research unit at the IRCM. The funds supported his research on the development of analgesics that do not produce any tolerance or dependence.
J.A. DeSève Chair of Excellence
Holder: Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret (2008-present)
The J.A. DeSève Chair of Excellence is a Research Chair in the areas of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, and was created in 1988 thanks to a generous contribution by the Fondation J.A. DeSève. In 2008, Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret became the second Chairholder. Dr. Rabasa-Lhoret, whose expertise is internationally renowned, is the Director of the Metabolic Diseases research unit and of the research platform on obesity, metabolism and diabetes at the IRCM. The first Chairholder was Dr. Jean Davignon, one of Canada’s pioneers in atherosclerosis.