Thanks to substantial donations collected by the IRCM Foundation from individuals and businesses, the Institut created Research Chairs in specific scientific areas:
Transat Chair in breast cancer research
Holder: Jean-François Côté (2017-present)
The Transat Chair in breast cancer research was created in 2017 through a donation of $500,000 from Transat A.T. Inc. Jean-François Côté, the director of the Cytoskeletal Organization and Cell Migration research unit, and the members of his team are particularly interested in understanding metastases, which are the cause of more than 90 percent of breast-cancer–related deaths. The Transat Chair will help advance research our understanding of the signalling pathways that control metastatic dissemination.
Gaëtane and Roland Pillenière Research Chair in Retinal Biology
Holder: Michel Cayouette (2016-present)
The Gaëtane and Roland Pillenière Research Chair in Retina was created in 2016 through a donation of $500,000 from the Œuvres du Docteur Roch Despatis. Diseases affecting the retina are a major cause of visual impairment and blindness, which are at the root causes of a major public health issue. Through his work and as a holder of this chair, Michel Cayouette, director of the IRCM Cellular Biology research unit, aims to generate knowledge that will improve cell transplantation approaches for the treatment of retinal degenerations.
Bell-Bombardier Chair of Excellence
Holder: Benoit Coulombe (2014-present)
The Bell-Bombardier Chair of Excellence is intended for a researcher working in the field of cancer, cardiovascular disease or mental health. It was created thanks to contributions made by Bell and Bombardier. Benoit Coulombe, Director of the Translational Proteomics research unit, was selected as the chairholder due to his state-of-the-art research in the important and emerging area of proteomics. Dr. Coulombe is also considered to be an outstanding ambassador for the IRCM.
Gosselin-Lamarre Chair in clinical research
Holder: Yves Berthiaume (2013-present)
This research chair was created in 2013 thanks to Diane and Léon Gosselin and Marie and Guy Lamarre, who each made a donation of $500,000. The Gosselin-Lamarre Chair in clinical research, awarded to Yves Berthiaume, Executive Director of the clinic and clinical research, will contribute to setting up a new clinic subspecialized in the metabolic disorders associated with cystic fibrosis, a growing concern among patients with this disease. Thus, the IRCM will play a pioneering role in the field of cystic fibrosis by having the first clinic of its kind in Canada.
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.
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.