Benoit Bruneau is selected to lead the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease

Press Release updated: Jul 1, 2019 08:53 PDT

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 2019 – ​​Senior Investigator Benoit Bruneau, Ph.D., has been selected as the new director of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, one of the four research pillars that make up the Gladstone Institutes. His new role is effective on July 1, 2019.

An extensive international search for a new director began after Deepak Srivastava, MD, stepped down to become president of Gladstone. The search committee, composed of 10 investigators from Gladstone and UC San Francisco (UCSF), along with Gladstone’s trustees and the leadership at UCSF, determined Bruneau was the best candidate for this important position.

“I’ve worked closely with Benoit for over a decade, and I’m excited about the future of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, knowing we’re placing it in excellent hands,” said Srivastava. “Not only is he an outstanding scientist and leader in the cardiovascular field, but he is ideally positioned to help guide Gladstone’s growth and culture.”

Bruneau arrived at Gladstone in 2006 as an associate investigator. He became a senior investigator in 2011 and the associate director of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in 2012. In his new role, Bruneau now joins the senior leadership team at Gladstone.

“I feel a deep allegiance to Gladstone and want to see it succeed,” said Bruneau, who is also a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSF. “My role will be to ensure that each scientist and trainee in the institute has everything they need to flourish in this golden age of biology. I’m here to serve and support them as, together, we continue to lead cardiovascular research around the world.”

Prior to Srivastava, Gladstone’s founding president Robert “Bob” Mahley, MD, Ph.D., held the position of director of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease.

“I recognize that I have giant shoes to fill, and that’s an awesome responsibility,” added Bruneau. “Gladstone is an unusual place because of how selflessly collegial people are—they truly go out of their way to help their neighbor succeed, and that’s one of the things I cherish most here. This culture was instilled by both Bob and Deepak, and it’s one that I want to maintain and enhance.”

Before coming to Gladstone, Bruneau led a laboratory at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and was an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto. Holder of the William H. Younger Chair in Cardiovascular Research, he has distinguished himself internationally as a leading figure in the field of epigenetics and gene regulation, particularly as it relates to cardiac biology and disease.

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About Benoit Bruneau

Originally from Canada, Benoit G. Bruneau earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a doctorate in physiology at the University of Ottawa. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Genetics at Harvard University Medical School in the laboratory of Christine and Jon Seidman, where he made landmark discoveries related to transcriptional dysregulation in disease. From 2001 to 2006, he ran a laboratory on cardiovascular research and developmental biology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and was an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto.

Bruneau joined Gladstone in 2006 as an associate investigator, became a senior investigator in 2011, and the associate director of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in 2012. He is also a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSF. A leading figure in the field of epigenetics and gene regulation, Bruneau holds the William H. Younger Chair in Cardiovascular Research. He also serves as an editor for the journal Development and sits on the editorial board of Genes & Development.

About the Gladstone Institutes

To ensure our work does the greatest good, the Gladstone Institutes focuses on conditions with profound medical, economic, and social impact—unsolved diseases. Gladstone is an independent, nonprofit life science research organization that uses visionary science and technology to overcome disease. It has an academic affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco.

Source: Gladstone Institutes

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