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SUBJECT: Former Memorial vice-president (research) named new Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research president and CEO

DATE: Jan. 12

The Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) named Dr. Kevin Keough, former vice-president (research) at Memorial University of Newfoundland, as president and CEO.

The Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research is an internationally acclaimed health research funding organization. It was founded in 1980 with a $300 million endowment from the provincial government. AHFMR has funded over 6,000 health researchers and trainees over the past two decades with more than $750 million. Currently, more than 200 senior researchers and 600 trainees are supported by AHFMR in Alberta's three largest universities, in hospitals, and in health regions throughout Alberta. Heritage research is improving the lives of Albertans and people around the world. Dr. Keough will become the third president and CEO in AHFMR's 24-year history.

Dr. Keough was appointed to the position of Health Canada's first-ever chief scientist in 2001. Before becoming chief scientist, he was the first vice-president of research and international relations at Memorial University, where he continues to maintain an active research laboratory and is a professor of biochemistry in the biochemistry and pediatrics departments.

"We are delighted Dr. Keough will be joining AHFMR as our president and CEO," said Harley Hotchkiss, chairman of AHFMR. "His outstanding research and teaching career, fine stewardship at Health Canada, and contributions to many health research organizations, including Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Genome Canada, demonstrate his scientific leadership."

"Dr. Keough brings a distinguished career in research and administration to this new position. His reputation as an outstanding scientist and research leader continues to grow and we at Memorial wish him success in this new endeavour," said Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

As AHFMR president, Dr. Keough will guide the foundation's planning, operations, and strategic directions in its third decade as a major provincial supporter of health research activity in Alberta. The president and CEO advises and reports to AHFMR's nine-member board of trustees and liaises with the provincial, national, and international research community to ensure the development and maintenance of top-ranked health research in Alberta, and its application for the benefit of all.

Dr. Kevin M. W. Keough received his doctoral degree from the University of Toronto in 1971. His current research interests include the molecular organization and function in lung surfactant and membrane, and liposomes as carriers for vaccines and drugs. As a former executive member of the Medical Research Council, he played a lead role in the creation of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and is now a member of its governing council. He is a founding member of the board of directors of Genome Canada. He is also a member of the boards of directors of the Genesis Group Inc., the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation, the Canadian Centre for Marine Communications, C-CORE, Operation ONLINE Inc. and the Newfoundland and Labrador Science Centre. Dr. Keough is a past-president of the Canadian Federation of Biological Societies, the Canadian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators. He is also a founder of Nova Lipids Inc.

Dr. Keough will assume his position at AHFMR in July 2004.

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