Mona Nemer is the Vice-President, Research at the University of Ottawa, Canada where she is also a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and the Director of the Molecular Genetics and Cardiac Regeneration Laboratory since 2006. Dr. Nemer’s research interests focus on heart formation and function, particularly on the mechanisms of heart failure and congenital heart diseases. She is renowned, amongst other things, for her pioneering work on the regulation of natriuretic heart hormones and the identification of several genes essential for heart development. She has trained nearly 100 students from various countries. Her work has been published in prestigious scientific journals and has contributed to the development of diagnostic tests for heart failure and the genetics of cardiac birth defects. In addition to her scientific achievements, Mona Nemer has demonstrated a strong commitment to the development of research and academic institutions through several senior positions held and contributions to numerous community services including high level national and international advisory committees and executive boards. Dr. Nemer’s accomplishments have brought her a large number of awards. She is a fellow of the academy of sciences of the Royal Society of Canada and is the recipient of 2 Honorary Doctorates from France and Finland. She is a Knight of the Order of Québec and a Knight of the Order of Merit of the French Republic as well as a Member of the Order of Canada.