At their October 17 meeting, the board of directors of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) appointed Michel Cayouette, Director of the Cellular Neurobiology Research Unit at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM), as Director of the Vision Health Research Network (VHRN), a thematic network supported by the FRQS and the Fondation Antoine-Turmel.
Created in 1995, the objective of the VHRN is to increase the research capacity and competitiveness of Quebec in eye and vision health. It brings together more than 140 researchers and 190 students from Université de Montréal, McGill University, Université Laval, Concordia University, Université de Sherbrooke, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, and INRS. Members of the Network are affiliated to several university departments and a dozen research centres. Michel Cayouette was director of the VHRN’s Retina and Posterior Segment Research Axis from 2017 to 2018.
Dr. Cayouette holds the Gaëtane and Roland Pillenière Chair in Retina Biology. He is also Full Research Professor in the Department of Medicine at Université de Montréal, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine (Division of Experimental Medicine) and the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University. Dr. Cayouette is an Emeritus Research Scholar from the FRQS, he is chair of the scientific advisory board of the Foundation Fighting Blindness Canada, and sits on the editorial boards of the scientific journals Stem Cells, Neurogenesis, and Journal of Experimental Neuroscience.