The former chair and vice-dean of R&D at UdeM's medical faculty will co-lead the CIHR's two research portfolios and be responsible for the federal agency's funding programs and science policies.
Dr. Christian Baron has been appointed vice-president of research programs at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Starting Feb. 21, Dr. Baron will manage the federal agency’s two research portfolios with Dr. Tammy Clifford, vice-president of research in learning health systems. Dr. Baron will be responsible for designing, developing and administering the CIHR’s funding programs and science policies.
He will be handle the key components of the CIHR’s strategic plan and support its president in the latter’s role as chair of the science council. He will work with the agency’s scientific directors to guide its strategic initiatives and support its institutes. He will also be manage its college of reviewers and its secretariat on responsible conduct of research.
Dr. Baron has been a professor in Université de Montréal’s biochemistry and molecular medicine department of the Faculty of Medicine since 2008 and chaired the department from 2008 to 2015. He served as the faculty’s vice-dean of research and development from 2015 to 2020. He received his PhD in microbiology from the University of Munich.