André Buret

Associate Vice-President (Research)

Current positions:

  • Associate Vice-President (Research), University of Calgary
  • Professor (with tenure), Biological sciences (Science)
  • Adjunct Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology (Medicine)
  • Vice-President (research), co-founder, Antibe Therapeutics
  • Vice-President Research; Canadian Assoc. of Gastroenterology
  • Director, NSERC CREATE Host Parasite Interactions
  • Vice-President; World Chito-Ryu Karate Association

Education / Training:

  • Teaching Diploma, 1977 Neuchatel (Switzerland)
  • Physical Education Certificate, 1983 Neuchatel (Switzerland)
  • Licence es Science (Biology), 1983 Neuchatel (Switzerland)
  • M.Sc., Parasitology, 1988 Calgary Canada
  • Ph.D, Pathophysiology, 1991 Calgary Canada
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Mucosal Immunology, 1991-4 Newcastle Australia
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Gastroenterology 1994-5 Calgary

Dr. André Buret was appointed Associate Vice-President in 2012 and was Interim Vice-President (Research) from January 1, 2019 - February 29, 2020.

Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and the lungs represent the most common cause of death in humans and other animal species worldwide. Using bacterial and parasitic models, the overall aim of Dr. Buret’s research is to characterize microbial-host interactions in these systems, and how such interactions may affect gastrointestinal and pulmonary physiology, responsiveness, inflammation, and chronic disease, in an attempt to develop novel therapeutic strategies, that may involve dietary modulation. Particular emphasis is given to the role of microbes in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

Dr. Buret established his research program at the University of Calgary in 1995. Since then, Dr. Buret has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles, 15 book chapters, and has been invited to deliver over 200 presentations worldwide. Dr. Buret holds over 20 issued patents, and contributed to the creation of three biotech spin-off companies. He has mentored more than 60 undergraduate research projects, and, as principal supervisor, trained 30 M.Sc. and Ph.D students (all Research-based), as well as 10 post-doctoral fellows (and more than 60 others as co-supervisor), who have obtained positions in industry, academia, and government. He regularly serves on numerous local, National, and International grant and government committees, and acts as advisor and/or board member for several institutes and private companies.

Dr. Buret was inducted in the Order of the University of Calgary (2013), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (London UK, 2001), and a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (2009). His many awards include Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Excellence awards from 2 universities, the 2007 NSERC Synergy Award for collaborative research and innovation from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the 2007 Research Excellence Award from the Canadian Association of Gastroenterologists (of which he is Vice-President -research), the 2008 Robert A. Wardle Medal from the Canadian Society of Zoologists (Parasitology research), and an Annual Killam Professorship (2012). He also was awarded the 2012 City of Calgary Booster Club Award for Athletic Leadership (in karate). His research has been funded by more than 60 grants from numerous organizations, including CIHR and NSERC, for a total of over $15 millions in operating research grants alone. Dr. Buret currently has an h index of 44.

Dr. Buret is a certified ski instructor, and he achieved the rank of yon dan shihan (4 th degree, international Master certification) in Chito Ryu Karate.

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André Buret