Dr. Mona Nemer named Canada’s Chief Science Advisor

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Dr. Mona Nemer (second from left) at the Research Matters annual Parliament Hill Pop-Up event in Ottawa. Photo by Dave Chan.

Research Matters congratulates Dr. Mona Nemer on her new role as Canada’s Chief Science Advisor.

The three-year appointment was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday (Sept. 26) at the House of Commons.

Nemer will report to the Prime Minister and Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan, advising the federal government on all science-related policy and research.

This includes ensuring scientific analysis in government-wide decision-making, transparency about government science, and making sure researchers have the open space to discuss their work and findings.

After the Liberals pledged to reinstate the position two years ago, Nemer’s appointment also follows the release of a landmark report, “Investing in Canada’s Future: Strengthening the Foundations of Canada’s Research,” reviewing Canada’s research landscape, led by the University of Toronto’s Dr. David Naylor.

A medical researcher specializing on the heart, the mechanisms of heart failure, and congenital heart diseases, Nemer’s contributions to science have been invaluable, leading to new diagnostic tests for heart failure and the genetics of cardiac birth defects. She has also published more than 200 scholarly articles.

Nemer served as vice-president of research at the University of Ottawa for more than 10 years and has been a staunch champion of university research across disciplines.

She is a Member of the Order of Canada, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, a fellow of the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec.

Research Matters welcomes her appointment as Nemer is an important voice for science.

Read the Globe and Mail’s full profile on Dr. Nemer.

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