Announcement: Dr. Donald Welsh re-appointed as the Chair in Molecular Neuroscience and Vascular Biology

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Donald Welsh has been re-appointed as the Cecil and Linda Rorabeck Chair in Molecular Neuroscience and Vascular Biology, at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2025. 

The Chair in Molecular Neuroscience and Vascular Biology builds on the strengths of Robarts Research Institute and those of its collaborators in molecular neurosciences and vascular biology. These strengths are brought together to be applied to investigations of diseases associated with aging of cells of the brain, vasculature and the heart. 

Dr. Welsh graduated with a PhD in Biophysics from the University of Guelph in 1994. He completed his postdoctoral fellowships at Yale University and the University of Vermont. He also received a Master of Physical Education degree from the University of British Columbia in 1988. In 2015, Dr. Welsh joined Schulich Medicine & Dentistry as a Professor in the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology and a scientist at Robarts Research Institute.

Dr. Welsh’s work within the lab focuses primarily on cerebral circulation. His work is characterized by a blend of theoretical approaches, such as computational modelling with experimental techniques, that extend from single proteins, to cells, and then to whole tissues. This integrative approach requires collaboration with an array of international research teams from Europe, Australia and the United States.

He holds multiple grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation/Ontario Research Fund. Dr. Welsh is on numerous Robarts Research Institute committees, including as Director of the London Regional Microscopy Facility. Dr. Welsh has published 90 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and over 100 abstracts. 

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Welsh on his re-appointment.

John Yoo, MD, FRCS(C), FACS
Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University