2024 Bromley Memorial Lecture Group Photo with Rémi Quirion

About the 2024 Bromley Lecture:

We are honoured to announce that the Bromley Memorial Lecture was delivered by Dr. Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Québec. Dr. Quirion’s lecture is entitled, ‘Democracy and Science Diplomacy: A Key Role for Science Advisors

Event Agenda:

  • Introductory Remarks by Dr. Monica Gattinger, Director, ISSP
  • Introductory Remarks by Dr. Sylvain Charbonneau, Vice-President of Research and Innovation, University of Ottawa
  • Bromley Memorial Lecture by Dr. Rémi Quirion
  • Student Responses to the Lecture
  • Group Discussion moderated by Dr. Jeff Kinder, Executive-in-Residence, ISSP
  • Closing Remarks by Dr. Nicholas Vonortas, Associate Dean for Research Initiatives and Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University
Rémi Quirion headshot

Dr. Rémi Quirion

Keynote Speaker

Professor Rémi Quirion, OC, PhD, FRSC, CQ, is the inaugural Chief Scientist of Quebec since July 2011. As such, he chairs the boards of directors of the three Fonds de recherche du Québec and advises the Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy on research and scientific development issues. As of September 2021, he is the president of the International Network for Governmental Science Advice (INGSA), a network present in over a hundred different countries with more than a thousand members.

Until his appointment as chief scientist, Rémi Quirion was the vice-dean for science and strategic initiatives in the faculty of medicine at McGill University and senior university advisor on health sciences research. He was the scientific director of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre, a full professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University and the executive director of the International Collaborative Research Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Professor Quirion was the first scientific director of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA), one of Canada’s 13 health research institutes.

His work helped to elucidate the roles of the cholinergic system in Alzheimer’s disease, of neuropeptide Y in depression and memory and of the calcitonin generelated peptide (CGRP) in pain and opiate tolerance. Rémi Quirion earned his PhD in pharmacology from Université de Sherbrooke in 1980 and carried out his postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Mental Health in the United States in 1983. He has over 750 publications in prominent scientific journals and is one of the most extensively cited neuroscientists in the world. He has received several awards and honours, including the Ordre national du Québec (Chevalier du Québec, CQ) in 2003, the Prix Wilder-Penfield (Prix du Québec) in 2004 and the Order of Canada (OC) in 2007. Mr. Quirion is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and was also inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. In 2015, he was appointed Officer in the Order of Academic Palms of the French Republic, a distinction awarded by the French government that recognizes its contribution to the development of French-Québec relations in research.

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Date and time
Mar 26, 2024
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Format and location
In person, Virtual
Graduate students, Faculty and staff, Researchers, General public
Organized by
Institute for Science Society and Policy