CIHR President should be swiftly replaced, says uOttawa instructor and stem cell researcher

November 26, 2015

“Heads should roll” at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, according to Michael Rudnicki, an instructor at the University of Ottawa and director of the regenerative medicine program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Rudnicki’s comments come in response to a series of changes that he says have “radically altered the grant delivery system and the system for evaluating grants has been done in a way that distorts the entire process.” Rudnicki has specifically called for the dismissal of the man he holds responsible for implementing the reforms, CIHR President Alain Beaudet. In an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, however, Beaudet defended his reforms, saying that they were necessary in order to properly represent the changing, multidisciplinary makeup of current research panels and projects. Ottawa Citizen