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Alan Bernstein, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise (Enterprise)

Dr. Alan Bernstein is the inaugural executive director of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, an alliance of independent organizations around the world dedicated to accelerating the development of a preventive HIV vaccine. 

As Executive Director, Dr. Bernstein oversees the Enterprise Secretariat in implementing activities to support the goals and mission of the Enterprise, most significant of which is the development of a 2010 Scientific Strategic Plan for HIV vaccine development.

 Prior to leading the Enterprise, Dr. Bernstein served as the founding president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) from 2000 – 2007.  During that time, he helped build the organization into one of the world’s leading research agencies, supporting more than 11,000 health researchers with an annual budget of US $1 billion.

Dr. Bernstein received his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. Following postdoctoral work in London where he first began working on retroviruses, he returned to Canada in 1974 to join the faculty of the Ontario Cancer Institute. In 1985, he joined the new Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital as Head of the Division of Molecular and Developmental Biology, and then served as its Director of Research from 1994 – 2000.

Dr. Bernstein, an internationally renowned researcher, has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications.  His contributions to embryonic development, stem cells, hematopoiesis, cancer and other areas of science have been recognized by various institutions.  Dr. Bernstein has received the McLaughlin Medal of the Royal Society of Canada, the Robert L. Noble Prize from the National Cancer Institute of Canada, the Genetics Society of Canada Award of Excellence, the 2001 Australian Society of Medical Research Medal, an honorary degree from Dalhousie University, the 2007 Medaille du merite from the Institut de Recherche Clinique de Montreal, the 2008 Gairdner Wightman Award and the Order of Canada in 2002.  He is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto.