Pierre Sélim Haddad (Ph.D.) is a tenured professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the Université de Montréal, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1986. He then carried out two postdoctoral fellowships: one at the University of Vienna, Austria, and a second at the world-renowned Liver Center of Yale University, USA. He began his career as an independent researcher in 1990 and rapidly was awarded the Young Physiologist Award from the French Association of Physiologists in 1992. He has authored over 110 peer-reviewed publications, more than half of which on the subject of Natural Health Products (NHP) in the course of the last 7 years. In 2003, he successfully built the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Team in Aboriginal Antidiabetic Medicines, a multidisciplinary group of researchers studying the antidiabetic potential of plants used by the Cree Nations of Northern Quebec in their traditional medicine, which he still leads today. The team was notably acclaimed in national and international forums for its unprecedented comprehensive research agreement protecting Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge and related Intellectual Property.
Pierre Haddad is also a member of several research centers/groups, notably the Nutrition and Functional Foods Institute (INAF) at Laval University. He was one of the founding members of the Natural Health Products Research Society of Canada (NHPRSC) that was instated in 2003 and acted as Vice-President until 2006. Between 2003 and 2007, he acted as a research consultant in complementary and alternative medicine for the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization in Canada. In 2007 and half of 2008, he Haddad was Vice-President Research and Development of the company PharmAfrican Inc., a biotech seeking to develop botanical drugs from African medicinal plants. He also sat on the Research committee of the Guild of Herbalists of Quebec from 2004 to 2009, when he was instated as a member of their Wisdom Committee. On several occasions, he acted as an expert advisor for the Natural Health Products Directorate as well as for the Office of Biodiversity of Environment Canada. He was appointed in 2009 to the Scientific Advisory Board of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health. Finally, between November 2011 and February 2014, he acted as the Scientific Director of Genacol Corporation Canada inc., one of the leading NHP companies in Quebec, Canada.
Pierre Haddad is recognized nationally and internationally for his work on NHPs and functional foods in the context of metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Indeed, in May 2014, he received the prestigious Neil Towers Award from the NHPRSC in recognition of his significant contribution to the field of natural health products.