Announcement: Dr. Dale Laird appointed Assistant Dean, Research Chairs & Awards

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Dale Laird has been appointed to the position of Assistant Dean, Research Chairs & Awards, at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2024.

As Assistant Dean, Research Chairs & Awards, Dr. Laird will provide strategic leadership and oversight for the Research Chairs portfolio, as well as internal and external faculty research awards at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

Dr. Laird completed his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia in 1988 and his post-doctoral fellowship in 1992 at the California Institute of Technology.

In 1997, Dr. Laird joined Schulich Medicine & Dentistry as Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Currently, he also holds a cross-appointment as a Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.

Dr. Laird has continuously held Tri-Council funding throughout his career and has amassed an h-index of 68; the result of more than 16,000 citations of his research. 

He has received numerous awards including the Premier's Research Excellence Award; the Medical Research Council Scientist Award; a Faculty Scholar Award, Postdoctoral Supervisor Award at Western and the Dean’s Award of Excellence – Research. He also holds the title of Distinguished University Professor. Dr. Laird was a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair from 2004-2018, and in 2016, he had the honour of being inducted as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Dr. Laird served on the CIHR Peer Review Committee for nearly 15 years as Chair, as well as Scientific Officer and was also on the Gairdner Foundation Medical Review Panel for six years. 

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Dale Laird on his new appointment.

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

David Litchfield, PhD
Vice Dean, Research and Innovation
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University