Denis Prud’homme is a familiar name on our campus. Appointed dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences in July 2002, he completed his second term on June 30 of this year.
Under the leadership of Dr. Denis Prud’homme, the Faculty of Health Sciences became the third largest direct-entry faculty and nearly tripled its research activity, leaping from $1.8 million in 2001 to $14 million in 2012. During Dr. Prud’homme’s ten years of service, the number of students in the Faculty more than doubled. He helped create several new programs, both undergraduate (Bachelor in Nutrition Sciences) and graduate (Master’s and Doctorates in Nursing, Rehabilitation Sciences and Human Kinetics) and took part in forming the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences as well as research centres and units. His contributions to the field of interprofessional practice led to the establishment of both the Academic Health Council and an interprofessional university clinic. He also spearheaded the project to unite the Faculty of Health Sciences under one roof. The project is expected to be completed by 2015.
As dean, Dr. Prud’homme helped define the Faculty of Health Sciences through his leadership, vision, approachability and great humanity. And his contribution goes beyond that. He supervised and co-supervised nearly 17 graduate students, co-published 85 scientific articles, four chapters and one book while maintaining his career as a sports medicine physician and staying actively involved in his research and his community. His participation as an expert in committees to develop guidelines in the field of exercise, obesity and diabetes attest to the importance his scientific work and his clinical research but also to his national and international impact.
His deanship may have come to an end, but Dr. Prud’homme will remain active at the University. He has returned to his position of full professor at the School of Human Kinetics and his role as co-investigator of both the MONET/SOMET (Sherbrooke-Ottawa-Montréal Emerging Team) research group and the study Critical periods of body weight regulation: A woman’s health perspective. Dr. Prud’homme will also continue practicing at the PhysioOutaouais sports medicine clinic. Professor Sylvie Lauzon has agreed to serve as interim dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.