11 May 2021
Renaldo Battista, professor emeritus of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Montreal and Executive Director of Oncopole, has been named Officer of the Ordre National du Québec for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the Quebec healthcare system.
The Ordre National du Québec is the highest distinction bestowed by the Government of Quebec, paying tribute to exceptional individuals who, through their achievements, values and ideals, have marked the evolution and influence of Quebec. The award is presented by Quebec Premier Francois Legault.
Dr. Battista is known for building networks. Over the years, he has forged substantive and productive links between all stakeholders in the life sciences ecosystem. This is the key role he holds currently as Executive Director of Oncopole, a Quebec research, development and investment hub created by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) and Merck Canada to accelerate the fight against cancer.
Renaldo Battista’s most significant scientific contributions to date encompass three themes: the integration of preventive services into clinical practice; development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines; and health technology assessment. His achievements attest to a sustained interest in knowledge translation and to creating links for the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge, enabling its application by health professionals, managers and decision-makers.
Dr. Battista was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2019 and received the Dr. Jill M. Sanders Award for Excellence in Health Technology Assessment in 2015. He was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2006.