RFHS / Max Rady College of Medicine

July 2022

News and events

Tributes flow at retirement celebration for Dean Brian Postl

Dr. Brian Postl, the longtime dean of medicine and health sciences at UM, was praised at his retirement celebration as an influential leader who has advanced equity and brought about transformative change.

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$30 million for patient-oriented research in Manitoba: Funding will strengthen patient voice in health research and health system 

Manitoba patients, their families and caregivers will continue to have direct input into health research and what works best in the health-care system, thanks to $6.6 million in Phase 2 funding from the pan-Canadian initiative called the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research.

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Commemorating the lifesaving legacy of Dr. John M. Bowman

Dr. John Maxwell Bowman was an alumnus and internationally recognized expert in the treatment and prevention of Rh disease in newborns. He was immortalized with a new bust unveiled at Innovation Plaza to inspire students and faculty with a tangible reminder of the highest standard of excellence at UM. 

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Canada Research Chairs announced

In June, Dr. Heather Armstrong, assistant professor of internal medicine, was named the Canada Research Chair in Integrative Bioscience, Tier 2. It was also announced that the following faculty members were renewed as Canada Research Chairs – Dr. Marcelo Urquia, associate professor of community health sciences and Canada Research Chair in Applied Population Health, Dr. Robert Lorway, professor of community health sciences and Canada Research Chair in Global Intervention Politics and Social Transformation, and Dr. Jason Kindrachuk, assistant professor of medical microbiology and infectious diseases and Canada Research Chair in Molecular Pathogenesis of Emerging Viruses.  

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Memorial event for Dr. Brian Hennen

The celebration of the life of Dr. Brian Hennen, dean of UM's Faculty of Medicine from 1999 to 2004, will take place in person and online on Saturday, July 23 at 2 p.m. (Atlantic Time) at Grace United Church, 70 King St. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The service will be livestreamed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHHYOXbgEwU. If you have trouble connecting, or would like to watch later, you will find the video here: https://www.youtube.com/c/GraceDartmouth/videos.

All 8 Doctors Manitoba Award recipients have Rady Faculty connections

Winners of the 2022 Doctors Manitoba Awards have been announced and all eight of the recipients are connected to the Max Rady College of Medicine, and six are alumni.  

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Ongomiizwin celebrates medical grads, Elder Margaret Lavallee

Ongomiizwin held a graduation event to celebrate the nine Indigenous Class of 2022 medicine graduates and to recognize Elder Margaret Lavallee, Elder-in-residence at Ongomiizwin, for receiving an honorary degree at convocation

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UM study finds living near trails reduces risk for heart disease

A study led by Dr. Jon McGavock, professor of pediatrics and child health, found that living close to a trail used for walking, running and cycling leads to an eight per cent reduction in the risk factors for heart disease.

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UM study seeks participants for cognitive behaviour therapy studies

A University of Manitoba research team is looking for public safety workers and members of the general public to participate in studies that involve enrolling in a course designed to build resiliency and help improve mental health.

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UM researcher publishes back-to-back in prestigious journal, files 3 patents for innovative material

Dr. Sanjiv Dhingra, associate professor of physiology and pathophysiology, has recently published three papers on synthesis and application of new MXene based materials in one of the world’s most prestigious journals in the field of nanotechnology, Advanced Functional Materials, which has an impact factor of 18.8.

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UM researchers develop new stem cell therapy for treating spinal cord injuries

A new study led by Dr. Soheila Karimi, professor of physiology and pathophysiology, has developed a stem cell-based therapy that may eventually lead to new regenerative treatments for people with spinal cord injuries.

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Measuring the mental health of military members

A new series of studies led by Dr. Shay-Lee Bolton, assistant professor of psychiatry, is looking into the mental health of Canadian Armed Forces members aims to better understand the connections between mental health and military service.    

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Neurosurgery resident receives CIHR fellowship to study brain injuries

Dr. Alwyn Gomez, a neurosurgery resident and PhD student in the department of human anatomy and cell science, recently received a Canadian Institutes of Health Research fellowship to study brain injuries. 

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Med students advocate for harm reduction

Students from the Max Rady College of Medicine spoke with politicians from the New Democratic Party, Liberal party and governing Progressive Conservative party at the legislative building last month to discuss implementing harm reduction strategies in Manitoba as part of their annual Provincial Lobby Day.

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Upcoming events

Summer Writing Coaching with Maurice Mierau for Rady faculty, staff and students

Until Aug. 31, 2022

Academic writing is a core part of our communication as health professionals and creative writing brings many benefits. Book a free one-hour session to work one-on-one with a writing coach via Zoom.

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HPE Scholarship Day

Aug. 25, 2022 | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom

Health Professions Education Scholarship Day highlights the educational research and innovation being conducted by faculty and learners throughout Rady Faculty of Health Sciences (RFHS) and provides a space for educational scholars to network and share their research and innovations with other members of the RFHS community. 

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