Forward thinking

Q&A with Dr. Rob Rose, the Libin Institute's research director

We sat down with Dr. Robert Rose, PhD, the Libin Cardiovascular Institute's new research director, to discuss his views on cardiovascular research in Calgary and to hear his plans for the future. 


Why did you decide to take on this role?
I agreed to take on this role so that I can help enhance the research efforts of our Institute. Research continues to excite me and challenge me every day. In this role I will have the opportunity to interact more extensively with our members, learn more about what we are doing, and to help facilitate our goals and efforts to be a leading cardiovascular research centre. 


How do you feel about being chosen for the role?
I’m honoured and excited to have been chosen for the role.


How do you view the research environment at the Libin Institute?
We have a very strong, vibrant and diverse research enterprise at the Libin Institute. Overall, we are performing well from the perspectives of obtaining funding, publishing high-quality papers and seeing our work highly cited. We are fortunate to be in an environment where we have strong support from the community, which has been instrumental in helping us obtain powerful, state-of-the-art infrastructure to support our research efforts. All of this speaks to the very high quality of our research environment. We will continue to strive to be even better.


What are your goals as research director? 
My goal is to understand the needs of our investigators in order to help advance our research mission. In doing so, I hope to see our collective scientific success and productivity continue to increase and for the Libin Cardiovascular Institute to be recognized as a world-class centre for cardiovascular research.