Announcement: Dr. Jane Rylett extended as Chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Jane Rylett has been extended as Chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. She was appointed initially as Chair in 2005 and reappointed for a second term in 2010.

Dr. Rylett is a Distinguished University Professor at Western University. She is a molecular neuroscientist and recognized nationally and internationally for her contributions to cholinergic neurobiology and Alzheimer’s disease research. Following a PhD, in Pharmacology, she trained at University College London, England and Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany. She served as Director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at Western University, and also as an Associate Director at Robarts Research Institute.

Her research has been funded by several agencies, including Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Alzheimer Society of Canada, Alzheimer’s Association [USA], Ontario Mental Health Foundation and Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. In addition to her research, Dr. Rylett is a dedicated teacher to undergraduate and graduate students and a supportive mentor to her colleagues.

Dr. Rylett has served as Chair of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario Research Advisory Council, and is currently a member of the Alzheimer Society of Canada Research Policy Committee. In 2014, she began her role as Leader of Theme 1 [Primary Prevention] at the CIHR - Institute of Aging Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). She was recently appointed as one of the inaugural Chairs of the CIHR College of Reviewers.

Dr. Rylett has received numerous research awards, including the Claude P. Beaubien Award from the Alzheimer Society of Canada, and the AltaPharm Senior Scientist Award from the Pharmacological Society of Canada. She was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada for contributions made through volunteer work related to Alzheimer’s disease and the aging population. She was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2013. And she was recognized with the Dean’s Award of Excellence from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry for her research and teaching accomplishments.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Rylett on her extension.

Dr. Michael J. Strong, Dean
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University