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Dr. Michael Adams reappointed as Head of the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences

Dean Richard Reznick is pleased to announce that Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University, has appointed Dr. Michael Adams as the Head of the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, for a second five-year period beginning July 1, 2017.

Dr. Adams became the interim Head of the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences in 2010 and then the Inaugural Head in 2012. In his first five years, he has been associated with many notable accomplishments. Importantly, he facilitated the process of bringing together five basic science departments into a single unit with a single graduate program. He has been the champion and founding Director of a novel online Bachelor of Health Sciences program.  He has forged productive relationships with many other departments resulting in the hiring of several jointly appointed faculty members. Under his leadership, educational programs housed in DBMS have brought in significant new revenue to the School of Medicine.

Dr. Adams graduated from the University of Western Ontario with his Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in Physiology and Pharmacology in 1979; he subsequently earned his MSc (1983) degree and PhD (1985) in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the same institution. In 1988, he completed a Medical Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Baker Medical Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Adams then joined Queen’s University as an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in both the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Dr. Adams has had the privilege of supervising and training many undergraduate and graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows during his time at Queen’s. He was recognized for his expertise working with students with the Faculty of Health Sciences Education Award at Queen’s, which he first received in 1998 and then again in 2011. In 2009, he received the Most Engaging Lecturer Award from the Life Sciences Student Council. In 2010, he was awarded the Aesculapean Society Teaching Award for chairing and teaching in the Fundamentals of Therapeutics course in undergraduate medicine.

Dr. Adams has received numerous awards including the Mihran and Mary Basmajian Award for Excellence in Health Research at Queen’s, the Hypertension Canada Young Investigator Award, the Most Prolific Inventor in Life Sciences from Parteq Innovations, as well as the Distinguished Service Award from Hypertension Canada. He has published 180 original articles and chapters and has been an invited lecturer and plenary speaker at many conferences and academic institutions around the world.