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New Brunswick Health Research Foundation Appoints New CEO

The New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bruno Battistini as its new chief executive officer, effective April 1, 2012.

“Dr. Battistini has experience in the academic environment as an assistant professor and chair of peer review committees, as well as with company startups and technology transfer related to health research,” said NBHRF chair Jeannie Collins Beaudin. “His background in both the academic and corporate sectors makes Dr. Battistini uniquely suited to lead NBHRF as we aggressively pursue growing the health research enterprise in New Brunswick.”

Prior to joining the foundation, Dr. Battistini has had a 9-year career as assistant professor and health research scientist at the Université Laval, Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie, Hôpital Laval. In addition, Dr. Battistini has spent the past 10 years in various senior positions with a number of start-ups, as well as emerging and established biopharmaceutical, nutraceutical and medical device companies.

Dr. Battistini graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke with a Bachelor degree in Cell Physiology, a Master degree in Biology and a Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology. He then pursued post-doctoral training in London, UK, at the University of London St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College – The William Harvey Research Institute under the guidance of Sir John R. Vane, Nobel Laureate, then at UBC (Vancouver) Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and St.Paul’s Hospital, and the Université de Sherbrooke – Department of Medicine prior to joining Université Laval as a research scholar.

Dr. Battistini has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and patents, over 350 local, national and international presentations, organized local and international conferences, and trained and mentored over 20 young scientists.

NBHRF is a health research foundation that provides leadership and coordinates knowledge, growth and innovation.  It financially supports – in partnership with other national research institutes and health charities – the efforts to build health research capacity across New Brunswick, promote healthy living for all New Brunswickers and advance the knowledge economy.  NBHRF (www.nbhrf.com) is a member of National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations (NAPHRO).