CIHR President awarded the prestigious Bullock Chair in Canadian Studies from The Halbert Centre at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Beaudet to visit Israel, March 24-28, to meet with government, academic and business leaders to promote scientific collaboration between Israel and Canada

March 20, 2014 – Ottawa – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

CIHR President Dr. Alain Beaudet meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres ‎to discuss brain research on a visit to Israel in 2012

Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, has been awarded the 2014 James R. Bullock Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies, hosted by The Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Dr. Beaudet will tour Israel from March 24 to 28. As the James R. Bullock Visiting Chair, Dr. Beaudet will deliver a keynote public lecture on Wednesday, March 26 at The Hebrew University, as well as undertake various academic speaking engagements at a number of Israeli universities. Central to his discourse is the critical role health research collaboration plays in building a strong and vibrant science enterprise in both Canada and Israel, and some of the unique opportunities and challenges this presents in a bilateral context in achieving progress on shared priorities and outcomes.

Building on Dr. Beaudet's lecture, he will pursue science diplomacy outreach with leaders from government agencies and the private sector to engage in discussions around key health research themes that present important opportunities for collaboration between Canada and Israel, including innovation, aging and dementia, brain research and global health.

Quick Facts

  • The Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University is co-sponsored by Ralph and Roz Halbert of Toronto and the Government of Canada. The Centre fosters research and promotes the understanding and knowledge of Canadian civilization among Israeli academics and the public at large in the areas of social sciences, humanities, law, social work, and business administration.
  • The Bullock Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies was established in 1995 in honour of businessman James R. Bullock with the aim of inviting prominent Canadian authors, scientists, scholars, and policy makers in order to enhance the field of Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in Israel. The individuals asked to hold the Bullock Chair are selected on the basis of their outstanding accomplishments and their ability to strengthen and deepen the relationship between Canada and Israel.


"Canada and Israel are great friends and allies. Our Government is proud to support The Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies and all the work it does to strengthen relations between our two great countries. I wish to congratulate Dr. Beaudet on receiving this honour and wish him well as he embarks on his visit to Israel to explore new opportunities for collaboration in the area of health research and innovation."
- Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health

"I am honoured to have been selected as the James R. Bullock Visiting Chair. Canada and Israel share a strong commitment to science and common strengths in several fields, notably in neurosciences. We also have a proud history of successful collaboration between academic communities and among private sector industry. I am looking forward to exploring how we can build on these successes and shape new horizons for partnerships and prosperity."
- Dr. Alain Beaudet, President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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