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Announcement regarding the Amgen Canada Chair in Nephrology

Richard C. Austin

Richard C. Austin, Ph.D.

Professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine
Career Investigator of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
Research Scientist-Henderson Research Centre

December 5 , 2006

From: John G. Kelton, MD, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Austin has been appointed the Amgen Canada Chair in Nephrology effective December 1, 2007. 

Dr. Austin obtained his PhD in Medical Sciences at McMaster University in 1991 and completed his post-doctoral training in Human Molecular Genetics at the Hospital for Sick Children in 1993.  Dr. Austin joined the faculty of McMaster University in 1993.  He is currently a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, a Career Investigator of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and a recipient of a Premier’s Research Excellence Award.

The main focus of Dr. Austin’s research is identifying and characterizing the cellular stress pathways that cause cell dysfunction and death. These studies encompass a number of grievous human illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and renal disease.  Results from these studies have identified a unifying cellular mechanism that could explain the proatherogenic effects of a wide range of cardiovascular risk factors and plays an important role in the pathogenesis of renal disease.

The Austin laboratory is now actively developing novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment and/or prevention of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and renal disease by inhibiting the activation of these cellular stress pathways. 

During his tenure at McMaster University, Dr. Austin has consistently obtained peer-reviewed grant-in-aid funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Austin is the author of more than 50 scientific papers published in high impact journals related to cardiovascular disease He has been invited as a guest speaker and session chairman at numerous international scientific meetings.

Dr. Austin has contributed to the Health Sciences Graduate Program at McMaster as a course coordinator, teacher, mentor and committee member.  He is a member of the Medical Sciences Board of Comprehensive Examination Committee, the Health Sciences Graduate Program Committee, and the Faculty of Health Sciences Tenure and Promotions Committee.

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