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Memorial University appoints new vice-president (research and international relations)

Ref. No. 87

DATE:     Feb. 14, 2002
SUBJECT:     Memorial University appoints new vice-president (research and international relations)

Respected pharmacologist Dr. Christopher Loomis has been appointed Memorial University's vice-president (research and international relations) for the period of Feb. 1, 2002 to Dec. 31, 2006. The appointment was approved at the regular meeting of the university's Board of Regents on Jan. 31, 2002. As vice-president (research and international relations), Dr. Loomis will be responsible for promoting and enhancing the university's broad range of research activities. Specific priorities for the position include: supporting research across all academic disciplines and ranging from fundamental to applied research; building partnerships with other universities, research organizations and industry in Canada and elsewhere; attracting more research funds to Memorial and other research organizations in the province; enhancing the dissemination, application and commercialization of research results generated at Memorial.

In 2000-2001, Memorial attracted $43 million in research funds, primarily from sources outside the province. This is an increase of 17 per cent over the previous fiscal year and rapid growth is expected to continue.

"Dr. Loomis has had an outstanding career as a teacher, researcher and leader at Memorial," said Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial. "He has a strong background in health-related research and I am delighted he is taking on this important role. With Dr. Loomis, Memorial's executive team has well-balanced expertise in the major areas of university research: arts and humanities, sciences and health sciences."

"This is an exciting time to be taking on the responsibilities of this position," Dr. Loomis said of his appointment. "The opportunities for Memorial to enhance its research capacity and international profile have never been better. We have proven that we can take advantage of these new opportunities and I look forward to working with our researchers, our partners and the funding organizations to build on this momentum."

Dr. Loomis has been the acting vice-president since he took up the interim position March 1, 2001. He received his PhD from Queen's University in 1983, and joined the School of Pharmacy of Memorial University as an associate professor in 1988. Dr. Loomis was appointed director of Memorial's School of Pharmacy in 1998. Since 1984, Dr. Loomis has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, formerly the Medical Research Council (MRC) for his research on the spinal pharmacology of pain, and he is the author of many papers and presentations on this subject.

Dr. Loomis is a former member and officer of several MRC/CIHR peer-review committees, and was Memorial's first MRC regional director. He has served as a member of the College of Reviewers for the Canada Research Chairs Program, as president of the Association of Deans of Pharmacy of Canada, and he is currently a member of the Rx&D Health Research Foundation Advisory Council. Dr. Loomis twice received the Bristol Myers-Squibb Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Teaching, and the Dr. Albert R. Cox Research Award from Memorial University.


Editors please note: a photo of Dr. Christopher Loomis is available at: http://www.mun.ca/univrel/photos.html

For more information, contact: Deborah Inkpen, information officer (research), Memorial University, at 737-4073 or e-mail: inkpend@mun.ca


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