Jean-Claude Tardif

Affiliation : Université de Montréal
Organization : Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal
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About Jean-Claude Tardif

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

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 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. He is one of the founding members of the Critical Markers of Disease organization, which focuses on the development and better use of biomarkers (


Dr Tardif has authored and co-authored more than 710 peer-reviewed manuscripts (H factor: 99), presented more than 500 invited conferences and received approximately 60,000 citations. He has also won multiple awards during his career, including the Research Achievement Award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Genesis Award of BIOQuébec (for his outstanding contributions to life sciences) and the Armand-Frappier Award of the Government of Québec. 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.

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