By Mike Foster
The fifth-largest university in France, Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University, has awarded Dr. Jacques Bradwejn, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, an honorary doctorate.
The distinction recognizes Dr. Bradwejn’s impact as an innovative international researcher and educator as well as his key role in forging partnerships, not only between uOttawa and Claude Bernard Lyon 1, but also a tripartite collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University President Francois-Noël Gilly, in a video, describes how Dr. Bradwejn had shared his considerable experience with Lyon 1 and had been instrumental in establishing a wide variety of collaborations. He also recognizes Dr. Bradwejn’s experience as an internationally renowned researcher in the field of psychiatry, having discovered the role of the brain protein, cholecystokinin in patients suffering from panic disorders.
The honorary doctorate from Lyon 1, which has 40,000 students and is based in the Rhône-Alpes region, was bestowed during the Entretiens Jacques Cartier program, created in 1987 to build research partnerships between the region and Quebec. Lyon 1 also awarded a 2015 honorary doctorate to Rafael Correa, president of the Republic of Ecuador.
“I was pleasantly surprised and honored by this award because it recognizes not only career-long scientific achievements but also the internationalization strategy of the Faculty of Medicine that has secured innovative partnerships with institutions such as Shanghai Jiao Tong University and université Claude Bernard Lyon 1. We have a unique three-way preferred partnership between our universities, supporting novel programs like Medicine and the Humanities,” said Dr. Bradwejn.
Lyon 1 has signed several partnerships, including one with an international laboratory group known as the Fundamental Catalysis for Green Chemistry (LIAFUNCAT), which was established in 2014 and also includes the Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation (CCRI) at uOttawa and two other labs affiliated with the CNRS. For four years, these labs will share researchers and materials and work together on projects. To date, the LIAFUNCAT has led to 18 exchanges between France and Canada, and the publication of five joint scientific papers.