Dr. Andrew Bateman
Professor, McGill University Health Centre/Centre universitaire de sante McGill
Education and Training
Dr. Bateman was educated at Imperial College, University of London, UK where he obtained a BSc in Biochemistry in 1981 and his PhD under the supervision of Professor Anne Dell in 1985. He undertook postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Professor Samuel Solomon from 1985 to 1990 at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Dr. Bateman is currently a Full professor in the Department of Medicine, McGill University, Division of Experimental Medicine. Before this was an assistant professor, from 1990 to 1996, Associate professor from 1996 to 2005 in the same department. He was the Site Director for the Royal Victoria Hospital site of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) from 2006 to 2015, in which capacity he also was a member of the Space Committee for RI-MUHC and the Management Committee for the RI-MUHC. He was Director of the Endocrine Research Laboratory RI-MUHC from 2006. He was a member of the CIHR Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Committee for 2010; 2011; 2012 and 2013, the CIHR Doctoral Research Awards A 2006,2007,2008,2009 and CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s Awards B 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.
Dr. Bateman’s research aims at understanding how cells communicate and how this knowledge can be used to combat disease. As part of this work he characterized a molecule called progranulin and showed that it plays important roles in regulating the growth of cells, protecting them from premature death and controlling their movement. Although the properties of this molecule are numerous, and still not fully defined it often has a protective role, and this is particularly true in the brain. If safe and effective ways can be developed to deploy the protective activity of progranulin in the brain it may provide a way to treat brain degenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and, potentially, several others. Working with his collaborator Dr. Hugh Bennett, McGill University, he has investigated the roles of progranulin in nerve cell survival and function.
Dr Bateman received the Bourse de formation troisième cycle, Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (1986-89); Scholarship of the Medical Research Council of Canada. (1991-96); Chercheur Boursier, Junior II; Fonds de recherche en santé du Québec (1996-97); Chercheur Boursier, Senior. Fonds de recherche en santé du Québec (1997-99).