Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases welcomes new Chair and Chair Elect

December 2015

New Chair 2015

The Board of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) has welcomed its new Chair, Dr Alain Beaudet from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, who is succeeding Dr Xuetao Cao from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. The Board also confirmed its new Chair Elect as Professor Glenda Gray from the South African Medical Research Council, who will take over the chairmanship in two years’ time. All three now constitute the alliance’s Executive Committee. Dr Cao highlighted that he is delighted to hand over the chairmanship of the GACD into very capable hands and thanked all members for their support in firmly establishing the GACD as an important player in the research funding landscape over the course of the last few years.

Dr Beaudet is beginning his chairmanship at a pivotal time for the GACD, as 2016 will see the further expansion of the GACD research programmes and continued growth of the alliance membership. 

I am honoured to succeed Dr Xuetao Cao as GACD Board Chair. We are very grateful for his dedication and leadership over the past two years. I look forward to working with all members on continuing to build our global vision and funding world class research in our joint efforts to address noncommunicable diseases.

Dr Alain Beaudet, GACD Chair, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Many thanks to Prof Glenda Gray for her willingness to serve, and for expressing clear and inspiring visions for the direction of the GACD. Her election is a clear vote of trust in her ability make a mark on the alliance over the course of the next several years.

Dr Xuetao Cao, GACD Past Chair, President of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences

There is a dire need to channel research efforts into improving the understanding, detection and management of non-communicable diseases through implementation science. The scale and burden of chronic diseases is enormous, but the will to conquer needs to be bigger.

Professor Glenda Gray, President of the South African Medical Research Council

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