Jacques GENEST

Jacques GENEST

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Dr. Jacques Genest was born in Montréal on May 29, 1919. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Jean-de-Brébeuf College in Montréal, in 1937, Dr. Genest began studying medicine at the Université de Montréal. Subsequently, he specialized in endocrinology, nephrology and internal medicine in institutions as prestigious as the Harvard Medical School, the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Rockefeller Institute.

Founder of the Clinical Research Institute of Montréal, recognized internationally for the quality and impact of its research and discoveries, Dr. Genest is also at the origin of the Conseil de la recherché médicale du Québec, created in 1963, which then became the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec, and of the Canadian Clinical research Society, serving as the organization’s president over a two-year period, of the first department of biomedical research based in a francophone hospital in Quebec, and of the Quebec Clinical research Club.

When he was chairman of the Quebec Health Research Council, from 1963 to 1969, Dr. Genest was awarded a grant of $3 million for the construction and organization of the Clinical Research Institute of Montréal, inaugurated in 1967. Nine years later, the first bioethical centre in Canada was created thanks to the tireless and sustained effort of the reputed scientist.

A figurehead in biomedical research in Quebec and author of several major publications and research papers on arterial hypertension, Jacques Genest has been invited countless times to share his knowledge if clinical research with experts and researchers in all parts of the world. Considered as a foremost leader in his sphere of activity, Dr. Genest served from 1976 to 1978 as a chairman of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, set up by the renowned American Heart Association. Furthermore, his team of researchers is responsible for discovering the structure of a hormone extracted from cardiac tissue, a dominant factor in the control of water, salt and blood pressure.

A Companion of the Order of Canada since 1967 and a Grand Officer since 1991 of the Ordre national du Québec, the eminent scientist holds some twelve honorary doctorates underlining his contribution to medical research. The Alpha-Omega-Alpha Medical Society, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the Harvard Medical School selected him for the Leaders in American Medicine series.

Widely recognized by his peers, Dr. Genest has been awarded numerous distinctions, notably the Gairdner, Stouffer Marie-Victorin and Armand-Frappier awards (Québec), the Isaak Walton Killam award, the Flavelle Medal presented by the Royal Society of Canada, and the Royal Bank of Canada award. He is a member of the Association of American Physicians.

The list of publications he has authored includes more than 700 articles as well as four books.