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Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology


Governance of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology is composed of three parts: the Governing Council, Scientific Director, and Scientific Advisory council.



Reporting to the President of the U of A, members of the governing council will include the Vice-President (Research), Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, Chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, and external members.



Reporting to the Governing Council, the Scientific Director will be responsible for directing and coordinating virology research at the University of Alberta. He/she will be appointed from among the senior already-salaried members of the LKS Institute. He/she will ensure the development of a research program aligned with the vision, mission and goals of the Li Ka Shing Institute and establish new and meaningful partners with leading virology initiatives around the world. The Scientific Director has authority for all scientific and research matters as well as overall responsibility for all operational issues in accordance with the approved business plan.

The U of A has identified the Scientific Director as being Dr. Lorne Tyrrell. This appointment would recognize Dr. Tyrrell’s internationally renowned virology research accomplishments and his demonstrated abilities to establish and lead complex organizations with multiple stakeholders. It would also ensure momentum and continuity of vision in the critically important first years of the Li Ka Shing Institute.
Dr. David Evans, leader of the AIVI project and MMI Chair, has been appointed Associate Director.



Dr. Lorne Tyrrell, Scientific Director
Dr. David Evans, Associate Director
Dr. Michelle Barry
Dr. Tom Hobman
Dr. Michael Houghton
Dr. Hanne Ostergaard
Dr. James Smiley



To assist the Scientific Director in determining priorities and opportunities for the Li Ka Shing Institute, a Scientific Advisory Council, comprised of senior researchers from both the U of A and other leading centers around the world exists. The functions of the Scientific Advisory Council include advising on the Li Ka Shing Institute’s strategic, research and annual operating plans, promoting the work of the Li Ka Shing Institute internationally (ensuring its international presence, credibility and recognition), and assisting in recruitment.

Members of the advisory council embody diverse perspectives on science, health, and the human impact of viruses, and reflect the multiple areas of virology research.