Montréal, January 5, 2015 – Dr. Serge Gauthier, M.D., FRCPC, an eminent researcher in Alzheimer’s disease, has been appointed to the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

According to the Governor General’s press release, Dr. Gauthier was awarded this honour for his contributions to advancing our understanding of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and for fostering the development of research networks in his specialty. Indeed, Dr. Gauthier is credited with setting up the first multicentre Canadian study of tacrine as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. He also founded the Consortium of Canadian Centres for Clinical Cognitive Research (C5R).

Based at the Douglas Institute, Dr. Gauthier is director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Unit at the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging. In addition to authoring numerous research papers, journal articles, and book chapters, he edited an internationally cited textbook with 50 percent Canadian authorship titled Clinical Diagnosis and Management of Alzheimer's Disease. With Dr. Judes Poirier, he also co-authored a book for the general public titled La maladie d’Alzheimer : Le guide.

“On behalf of the Douglas Institute, I congratulate Dr. Gauthier on this well-deserved recognition. We are extremely proud of Dr. Gauthier, whose renown highlights the extraordinary research expertise in Alzheimer’s disease at the Douglas.” Lynne McVey, executive director, Douglas Mental Health University Institute.
 
“Dr. Gauthier is one of the world leaders in research on Alzheimer disease and dementia. On top of that, he is an excellent clinician, respected well beyond the borders of Canada. The members of the Centre are proud to see that his outstanding achievements to the field are acknowledged in this way”. Jens Pruessner, director of the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging

In good company
Dr. Gauthier is one of eleven outstanding individuals associated with McGill University who were appointed to the Order of Canada last Friday. He is thus in the company of a former dean of the Faculty of Medicine, a former director of the School of Nursing, and a renowned economics professor emeritus. In all, ninety-five new Order of Canada appointments were made by David Johnston, Governor General and former McGill Principal.

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