The Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CRCHUM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Thierry Alquier to head the Cardiometabolic Research Theme effective October 15th.
Dr. Alquier takes over from Dr. Johanne Tremblay, whose exceptional leadership over the past years helped develop the Cardiometabolic Research Theme.
Thierry Alquier has been a researcher at the CRCHUM since 2009 and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at Université de Montréal. He has been recognized in part for his research on diabetes and obesity and his involvement at CRCHUM (student affairs committee, metabolic phenotyping platform, co-director and lecturer of the Montreal Diabetes Research Center, inter-theme collaborations).
“We are confident that Dr. Thierry Alquier’s drive, commitment and involvement will allow him to successfully pursue the growth of scientific knowledge in the Cardiometabolic Research Theme, and wish to express the complete confidence of the Research Department leadership in his appointment”, said Dr. Vincent Poitout, director of the CRCHUM and director of Research at the CHUM.
“It was with great pleasure that I accepted the position of Director of the Cardiometabolic Research Theme. I hope to continue the excellent work of Dr. Johanne Tremblay by not only contributing to the development of interactions and collaborations between basic research and clinical research on diabetes with our partners at CHUM and Université de Montréal, but also improving our leadership role by strengthening inter-theme relations at CRCHUM”, said Dr. Alquier.
Thierry Alquier obtained a Ph.D. in metabolic syndrome pathophysiology in 2002 (Toulouse, France) before completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the neuroendocrinology of obesity at Harvard Medical School (Boston, Massachusetts), followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in endocrinology and diabetes at CRCHUM. Recruited as a researcher at CRCHUM in 2009, he is also an assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine at Université de Montréal.
His research aims to identify the neurobiological mechanisms, particularly the impact of lipids, involved in obesity and diabetes induced by excessive caloric intake. His team uses complementary approaches, in particular animal genetic modeling, to identify the role of fat metabolism enzymes in the brain on disease development. His research is funded by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Diabetes Québec and the French-Speaking Diabetes Society (Société francophone du diabète).