Issue 9 | Winter 2021

A student sits at a computer using tongs that have a wireless mouse attached.

Game On

At the start of his four-decade career in physical therapy and neuroscience research, Tony Szturm [PhD/88] looked to his past for inspiration.

A researcher working in a microbiology lab.
Advancing Antimicrobials

What Dr. Kangmin Duan studies is microscopic, but the problem he’s working on is colossal. The microbiologist researches how bacteria cause infectious diseases and become resistant to antimicrobial (antibiotic) drugs.

A researcher looking at a microcentrifuge.
In the Genes

When Dr. Abdullah Al Maruf’s mother passed away at 65, she was taking more than 15 medications for diabetes, gout, anxiety and high blood pressure. Some of the drugs didn’t seem to be effective, and others caused side effects.

Portrait of Dr. Sonia Udod.
Lessons Learned

Being a frontline hospital nurse during the pandemic has been enormously distressing and draining, says Dr. Sonia Udod.

Portrait of Dr. Michelle Driedger.
Trustworthy Transmission

When Dr. Abdullah Al Maruf’s mother passed away at 65, she was taking more than 15 medications for diabetes, gout, anxiety and high blood pressure. Some of the drugs didn’t seem to be effective, and others caused side effects.

Dental researchers looking at a computer screen.

Filling a Need

When Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi [DMD/91] was a UM dental student, she took part in a two-week rotation in northern Manitoba that changed her life.

David Ambrose at an exercise room in his facility.
Therapist at Play

When David Ambrose [BMROT/00] was 10 years old, growing up in Teulon, Man., the first seeds of his career were planted while he watched the Calgary Flames make a run for the Stanley Cup in 1989.

Portrait of Dr. Claire Betker.
Passion for Public Health

From a young age, Dr. Claire Betker [BN/77] felt called to the nursing profession. She was captivated by stories of her maternal grandmother, a registered nurse whom neither she nor her mother ever had a chance to know.

Portrait of Sheri Dyck.
Optimizing the Team

Sheri Dyck [B.Sc.PHARM/96] remembers a pivotal moment from her UM pharmacy education.