I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ruth Slack as Director of the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI) as of June 1, 2019.
Dr. Slack brings a wealth of Faculty experience, leadership and research to the role. Most recently, she occupied the position of Interim Vice-Dean, Research since August 2017, where she worked with the Research Office team to facilitate leading edge research. She has also driven multidisciplinary research throughout the Faculty and its affiliated research institutes at several levels, by promoting numerous multi-faculty workshops, the expansion of the translational research grants program, and enhancing collaborative opportunities between medical and graduate/postdoctoral trainees. In her 10 years as Assistant Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Dr. Slack led the reorganization of the graduate programs and achieved excellent accreditation results. She has chaired numerous CIHR committees, and has also served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Stroke Network, the Bruyère Hospital Research Institute and the Canadian Association for Neuroscience. Armed with a robust research portfolio in brain and mind, Dr. Slack is eminently suited to step into the role of continuing to bring basic and clinical investigators from a broad spectrum of neuroscientific and behavioural disciplines under the uOBMRI umbrella.
A full professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Dr. Slack has been a faculty member for over 20 years. Her research focuses on neural regeneration and survival, primarily investigating the workings of neural precursors in the production of new neurons. She is highly respected among her peers as a researcher and leader, directing an internationally recognized research program. With total career funding of approximately $12 million, she has published over 120 research articles with over 15,000 citations. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2017.
Dr. Slack replaces Dr. Michael Schlossmacher, who has been serving as Interim Director from September 1, 2018 upon the departure of Dr. David Park, who served as Director from January 1, 2014 to August 31, 2018. We offer our sincerest thanks to the two gentlemen for their exemplary leadership at uOBMRI.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Slack on her appointment to the role of Director of the uOBMRI.
Bernard Jasmin, PhD
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa