Thursday, November 8, 2012
Another step for the Institut's international reach
The M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies recently welcomed the IRCM as one of its members. This membership was officially announced at the 2012 World Health Summit, which took place in Berlin this past October. Dr. Tarik Möröy, President and Scientific Director of the institute, was invited to attend this important meeting.
“It is a great honour for our institute to have been invited to join this elite group on the international scene,” says Dr. Möröy. “It is a privilege to belong to this alliance and contribute to improving the quality of global research and health. I would like to thank Dr. Michel Chrétien for his role and an intermediary who has made the membership of the IRCM in the M8 Alliance possible.”
The Université de Montréal also became a member and, together with the IRCM, represented Canada at the World Health Summit. The IRCM and the Université de Montréal formed a joint delegation to participate in the summit. Dr. Möröy and Dr. Michel Chrétien represented the IRCM, while the UdeM was represented by Dr. Hélène Boisjoly, Dean of Medicine, Dr. Hugues Cormier, Vice Associate Dean Student Life and Faculty Life, and Dr. Lise Gauvin, professor and researcher at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine.
The “M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, and Medical Universities” is a collaboration of academic institutions of educational and research excellence that recognizes responsibility to improve global health and works with political and economic decision makers and civil society to develop science-based solutions for health challenges worldwide. It promotes the translation of research progress from the laboratory to the bedside and to populations.
The World Health Summit is the annual conference of the M8 Alliance, organized by Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin in collaboration with the National Academies of Sciences of more than 67 countries and their Interacademy Medical Panel (IAMP). Its mission is to bring together researchers, physicians, leading government officials and representatives from industry as well as from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and health care systems worldwide to address the most pressing issues facing medicine and health care systems over the next decade and beyond.
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