Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif

Title(s), professional position(s) and university affiliation(s): 

Director, Research Center, Montreal Heart Institute

Jean-Claude Tardif

Jean-Claude Tardif is the Director of the Research Centre at the Montreal Heart Institute and Professor of Medicine at the University of Montreal. Dr Tardif graduated from the University of Montreal with his medical degree in 1987 and completed his training in cardiology and research in Montreal and Boston in 1994. Dr Tardif holds the Canada Research Chair in personalized medicine and the University of Montreal endowed research chair in atherosclerosis. He is the Scientific Director of the Montreal Health Innovations Coordinating Centre (MHICC) and Chairman of the steering committees of the CIHR-funded Canadian Atherosclerosis Imaging Network (CAIN) and Medical Imaging Trials NEtwork of Canada (MITNEC).

His research covers the molecular and genomic aspects of atherosclerosis and related diseases and also involves animal models, mechanistic and observational clinical studies as well as early clinical studies and large international randomized clinical trials. Dr Tardif is or has been the international principal investigator or part of the study leadership of several large clinical trials in the field of atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases. Dr Tardif and his team have created the Beaulieu-Saucier Pharmacogenomics Center at the Montreal Heart Institute and he has created the Center of Excellence in Personalized Medicine, the latter funded by the Network of Centers of Excellence of Canada and which is also supported by multiple pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies.

Dr Tardif has authored more than 600 scientific articles and has won multiple awards during his career, including the Research Achievement Award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Distinguished Lecturer Award of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Genesis Award of BIOQuébec (for his outstanding contributions to life sciences) and the Armand-Frappier Award of the Government of Québec (the highest scientific honour). He was also named scientific personality of the year by La Presse newspaper. Because of his accomplishments, Dr Tardif was named Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS) and was recently inducted in the Order of Canada (the highest distinction in the country).

Research interest(s) 

Cardiovascular diseases
Vascular imaging
Personalized medicine

Awards and Distinctions 

Pfizer Chair in Atherosclerosis, Université de Montréal
Canada Research Chair in Translational and Personalized Medicine

  • 2016: Fellow, Canadian Cardiovascular Society
  • 2015: Fellow, European Society of Cardiology
  • 2015: Distinguished Lecturer in Cardiovascular Sciences Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health Award
  • 2014: Member of the Order of Canada, Government of Canada
  • 2014-2015: Professor of the year, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal
  • 2013: Prix Coeur Québec Argent, Fondation des maladies du coeur et de l'AVC
  • 2011: Prix Armand-Frappier, Gouvernementn du Québec
  • 2011: Prix Genesis Brio, Bio Québec
  • 2008: Montreal La Presse, Personality of the year
  • 2008: Canadian Cardiovascular Society, Research Achievement Award
  • 2007: Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

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