IA Scientific Director: Dr. Yves Joanette
Dr. Yves Joanette is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal and a member of the Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec. From 1997 to 2009, he was Director of the Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM). From 2009 until recently, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec as well as Chair of the agency's Board of Directors.
Following his doctorate in neurosciences from the University of Montreal (1980), Dr. Joanette completed postdoctoral training in neuropsychology and behavioural neurosciences at the Timone University Hospital Centre in Marseilleand at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales(1980–82). His principal research interests focus on the aging process and cognitive deficits in the elderly. Dr. Joanette contributed to knowledge advances in neurofunctional reorganization, which enables people to maintain their communication abilities while aging, the impact of right-hemispheric cerebral lesions on communication abilities, and the cognitive deficits of Alzheimer's disease. Since the beginning of his career, Dr. Joanette and his research team have contributed significantly to training the next generation of researchers and health professionals through their commitment to knowledge transfer and the introduction of clinical best practices.
Yves Joanette has been a researcher at CRIUGM since 1982. From 1992 to 1997, he was Director of the University of Montreal's School of Speech Therapy and Audiology and Associate Director of Clinical Research at CRIUGM. Since the beginning of his career, Yves Joanette has enjoyed a strong international reputation, with excellence being the hallmark of each of his directorships.
Yves Joanette received research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research from 1982 to 1992 and has received numerous distinctions, including the André-Dupont Award from the Club de recherches cliniques du Québec in 1990, and the Eve-Kassier Award in 1995 for his exceptional professional accomplishments. Yves Joanette is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2007, he received an honorary doctorate from Université Lumière in Lyon, France.
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