Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
2017 Induction Ceremony
Québec City — May 4, 2017
Honouring Endocrinologist Dr. Michel Chrétien
Congratulations to longstanding CSEM member, Dr. Michel Chrétien, on his induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame! The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates Canadian heroes whose work has advanced health, thereby inspiring the pursuit of careers in the health sciences. The 2017 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Québec City on May 4th, 2017 where Endocrinologist Dr. Michel Chrétien and five fellow Inductees will be honoured.
Michel Chrétien has built a unified career around his own pro-hormone theory, bridging basic and clinical sciences to secure immediate medical benefits. Trained in endocrinology and protein chemistry, Dr. Chrétien graduated in Medicine in 1960. He published the pro-hormone theory in 1967, discovered human β-endorphin in 1976, and in 1990, proprotein convertases (PCs/PCSK1-PCSK9), which are implicated in many diseases including diabetes, obesity, cancer, atherosclerosis, dyslipidemia, and Alzheimer, as well as various viral and bacterial infections. Dr. Chrétien also discovered a beneficial PCSK9 mutation in French Canadian families which protect them from cardiovascular diseases. His work exemplifies "from bedside to bench and back". Dr. Chrétien has authored 602 publications, and in the 1980's, he was the seventh most cited scientist worldwide. Scientific director of two institutes (IRCM/Montréal) (Loeb/Ottawa), he has significantly boosted their growth and productivity. A fierce defender of scientific freedom, he has worked tirelessly to convince governments to invest in research and his skillful, diplomatic, and persistent promotion of science has helped transform Canada's research landscape for decades to come.
Should you wish to attend and support your colleague, tickets are available for purchase. Visit http://cdnmedhall.org/induction-ceremony for details.