Announcement: Dr. David Hess appointed Sheldon H. Weinstein Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research

I am pleased to announce Dr. David Hess has been appointed as the Sheldon H. Weinstein Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective February 1, 2017 to January 31, 2020.

Dr. Hess earned a PhD in Pharmacology & Toxicology, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, and performed post-doctoral training at the Robarts Research Institute and at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, a Scientist in the Molecular Medicine Research Group at the Krembil Centre for Stem Cell Biology, Robarts Research Institute, as well as at the Division of Genetics & Development at the Children's Health Research Institute and The focus of Dr. Hess’ research is to understand the mechanisms by which distinct stem cell subsets co-ordinate angiogenesis and tissue regeneration during diabetes and its cardiovascular complications. Dr. Hess is interested in the development of cellular therapies to mediate the repair of diseased, damaged, or ischemic tissues. Specific applications for his work include the use of transplanted human bone marrow and umbilical cord blood-derived stem cells to promote blood vessel formation and to regenerate insulin-producing beta cells during diabetes.

Dr. Hess has been the recipient of a number of awards, including, the MacDonald Scholarship from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Harry and Gundrun Sharma Award for Research Excellence, from the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, as well as postdoctoral fellowship awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and studentships from the National Health Research and Development Program, Health Canada.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Hess on his appointment.


Dr. Michael J. Strong
Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Distinguished University Professor
Arthur J Hudson Chair in ALS Research
Scientist, Robarts Research Institute