Director of Research
Dr. Roderick R. McInnes
I am pleased to welcome Dr. Roderick R. McInnes as Director of Research for the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CIUSSS West-Central Montreal).
In this expanded role, Dr. McInnes will be responsible for strategically positioning research activities and centres of research within our CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, adopting an integrated approach to regroup basic, clinical, epidemiological and evaluative research. He will do so in a way that places value on interdisciplinary research and the creation of multidisciplinary teams.
Dr. McInnes is the Alva Chair in Human Genetics and Canada Research Chair in Neurogenetics at McGill University, and the Director of Research at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH)–a position he has held since 2009. Before joining the JGH, he was a University Professor of the University of Toronto.
From 2000 until 2010, he was the inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Genetics of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Among other honours, during that time he was appointed to the Order of Ontario (2008), became a member of the Order of Canada (2009), and was the President of the American Society of Human Genetics (2010). He is a coauthor of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th editions of Thompson and Thompson’s Genetics in Medicine.
“The creation of our CIUSSS West-Central Montreal is a terrific opportunity for our social science research community,” says Dr. McInnes. “Our goal will be to make the whole greater than the sum of the current parts, building on the strengths of research at all the affiliated institutions. This complementarity of expertise and field experiences will put us in a unique position to develop best practices through the whole continuum of care, to adapt them to very diverse communities and to influence policies.”
Together with Dr. McInnes, the rest of the management team, and in partnership with all of the institutions in our network, I am eager to embark on this new era in health care. His expertise and accomplishments position him well to bring our institutions together and combine our research efforts to benefit the population. The strength of our research activities will continue to generate results that will serve our medical community, patient treatment and peers in research.
Lawrence Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Director of Research
I am pleased to welcome Spyridoula Xenocostas as Associate Director of Research for the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CIUSSS West-Central Montreal).
In this position, Ms. Xenocostas will work in close collaboration with Dr. Roderick R. McInnes, Director of Research. She will be responsible for directing the social research sector of the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal based on an approach that favours strong collaboration between researchers, clinicians and managers. Together, and with research teams in our CIUSSS West-Central Montreal network, they will work toward improving care, developing practices, and disseminating and evaluating research findings.
Ms. Xenocostas is a collaborator with the ComSanté research centre at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal), and Associate Researcher in their Department of Social and Public Communications. Prior to her CIUSSS West-Central Montreal appointment, since 2001, Ms. Xenocostas held the positions of Director of Research Activities at the CSSS de la Montagne, which holds the designation of Institut Universitaire au regard des communautés culturelles, and co-director of SHERPA, its research centre. She is also a Regular Team Member with the FRQSC’s (Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture) METISS (Migration et ethnicité dans les interventions en santé et en services sociaux) research team and with the SHERPA FRQSC University Institute research program.
In her professional experience, Ms. Xenocostas has been instrumental in establishing local and international research partnerships with over 50 organizations in diverse sectors. She has secured two innovation-in-knowledge transfer grants as principal investigator, directly collaborated in numerous research projects, co-authored many scientific publications and conferences, and developed knowledge transfer tools. Beginning in 2000, she co-constructed and implemented a province-wide intercultural training program that has since been recognized by the Health Ministry as a pratique de pointe (cutting edge practice).
Ms. Xenocostas holds a Master of Science degree in Anthropology.
“I will work to ensure that the research and university missions of research centres in our network continue to thrive,” says Ms. Xenocostas. “I will also make it a priority to create constructive collaborations between researchers and research centres across our CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, and to promote knowledge mobilization as a means of improving research practice.”
Together with Ms. Xenocostas, the rest of the management team, and in partnership with all of the institutions in our network, I am eager to embark on this new era in health care. Her years of experience in the social research sector should help her strengthen the activities and work ongoing in our different CIUSSS West-Central Montreal institutions by introducing a new level of coordination and collaboration. I am confident that Ms. Xenocostas will dedicate her efforts to making changes for patients, clients and residents who benefit from our hospital and community-based services.
Lawrence Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D.
President and CEO