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Henry G. Friesen

A renowned and visionary medical scientist, Dr. Henry Friesen is a Canadian endocrinologist credited with the discovery of human prolactin, and for redefining medical research in Canada. Now a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of Manitoba, Dr. Friesen was a Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology and Professor of Medicine. As President of the former Medical Research Council of Canada, he brought together scholars, scientists, practitioners, governments, industry and patient groups, and inspired the creation of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. His integrity and selfless idealism attracted the support of thousands of advocates and admirers, both nationally and internationally. He fostered and nurtured the creation of Friends of CIHR.