Hope Anderson [B.Sc.Hons./92, PhD/97], associate professor of pharmacy and vice-dean graduate studies of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, is co-investigator for “Protective mechanisms of cannabinoid receptor signaling in atrial fibrillation,” which received $300,000 from the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation and the Canadian Associates of Ben Gurion University of Negev.
Janilyn Arsenio [B.Sc./04, PhD/12], assistant professor of internal medicine and immunology, has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in systems biology of chronic inflammation. Arsenio was also honoured by CBC Manitoba as a member of the 2018 Manitoba Future 40. The awards recognize 40 Manitoba leaders, builders and change-makers under the age of 40.
Ruth Barclay [BMRPT/87, PhD/08], associate professor of physical therapy, is co-investigator for “Effects of an innovative continuing professional development intervention on rehabilitation clinicians’ practices for improving walking, independence in activities of daily living and health-related quality of life after stroke: a pilot study for a stepped wedge cluster randomized controlled trial,” awarded $49,968 by the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery and the Quebec Rehabilitation Research Network.
Cara Brown [BMROT/96, M.Sc./08], instructor of occupational therapy, is co-investigator for “Co-creation of knowledge translation tools to improve the management of chronic pain in children and youth,” which received a Health Sciences Centre Allied Health Grant of $22,293.
Prashen Chelikani [PhD/04], professor of oral biology and researcher at CHRIM, and Robert Schroth [DMD/96, M.Sc./03, PhD/11], associate professor of preventive dental science, pediatrics/child health and community health sciences, and researcher at CHRIM, have received a five-year grant of $885,870 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for the study “Role of taste signaling and host-microbial interactions on caries risk in young childre
Catherine Cook [MD/87, M.Sc./03], vice-dean Indigenous health in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and leader of Ongomiizwin, the Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, was honoured with the 2018 Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The award celebrates devotion to Indigenous rights and acknowledges efforts to eradicate inequities in health care for Indigenous people.
Dr. Maryanne Crockett, associate professor of pediatrics/child health, medical microbiology and community health sciences and CHRIM researcher, was named to the 2018 Canadian Women in Global Health list by the Canadian Society for International Health. Crockett focuses on maternal, newborn and child health, with current projects in India, Kenya and Pakistan as a faculty member of the U of M’s Centre for Global Public Health
Dr. Sanjiv Dhingra, assistant professor of physiology/ pathophysiology and scientist at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre, received $749,700 from the CIHR for the study “Role of HSP90-alpha in preserving immunoprivilege of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells in the ischemic heart.”
Dr. Christine Doucette, assistant professor of physiology/ pathophysiology and researcher at CHRIM, received funding of $711,450 from the CIHR for the study “Examining the mechanistic impact of the HNF-1aG319S polymorphism on beta cell function and its contribution to early-onset Type 2 diabetes.”
Dr. Michelle Driedger, professor of community health sciences, leads the study “Changing the patient-primary care provider dialogue: Fostering trust through joint clinical decision making,” funded by a grant of $864,451 from the CIHR Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR).
Keith Fowke [B.Sc.(Hons.)/88, PhD/95], head of medical microbiology/infectious diseases and professor of community health sciences, received $772,650 from the CIHR for “Reducing HIV target cells in the female genital tract: Determining the mechanism of inducing immune quiescence.”
Dr. Melinda Fowler-Woods, director of education for Ongomiizwin, the U of M’s Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, was honoured by CBC Manitoba as a member of the 2018 Manitoba Future 40. Fowler-Woods holds both a bachelor of nursing and a medical degree and is active in clinical teaching.
Dr. Jean-Eric Ghia, associate professor of immunology and internal medicine and researcher at CHRIM, has been appointed Honorary Consul of France in Manitoba. In this volunteer leadership role, Ghia will work to foster FrenchManitoban relations in the cultural, educational, economic and political sectors. Ghia, a French national, plans to strengthen research and university exchanges between France and Manitoba.
Dr. Aviva Goldberg, associate professor of pediatrics/child health and co-director of professionalism curriculum for undergraduate medical education in the Max Rady College of Medicine, received a 2018 Certificate of Merit Award from the Canadian Association for Medical Education. Goldberg was recognized as “a passionate teacher who has co-developed professionalism, reflection/resiliency and medical humanities curricula.”
Dr. Joseph Gordon, associate professor of nursing, adjunct professor of human anatomy, cell science and physiology/ pathophysiology, and researcher with CHRIM, is principal investigator for “Molecular regulation of cell death by myocardin following myocardial infarction,” which received a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada grant of $282,666
Dr. Nicole Harder [BN/96, MPA/02], assistant professor of nursing, is principal investigator for “Reducing psychological distress among health professionals by creating a psychologically safe debriefing framework for emotionally stressful palliative/end-of-life simulation-based and clinical experiences,” which received a Health Sciences Centre Foundation Gembey Nursing Grant of $58,284.
Dr. Andrew Hatala, assistant professor of community health sciences and researcher at CHRIM, leads the study “Pathways to resilience and health equity: Participatory action research with Indigenous youth in four urban Canadian contexts,” supported by a grant of $745,875 from the CIHR
Sara Israels [MD/79], professor of pediatrics and child health, senior scientist at the Research Institute in Oncology and Hematology, vice-dean academic affairs of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, and researcher at CHRIM, has been invested into the Order of Manitoba.
Ian Jones, director of the U of M’s master of physician assistant studies (MPAS) program, received the 2018 Physician Assistant Educator of the Year Award from the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants and the Canadian Physician Assistant Educator Association. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the MPAS program, the only graduate-level PA program in Canada.
Dr. Soheila Karimi, associate professor of physiology/ pathophysiology and researcher at CHRIM, received funding of $1,059,525 from the CIHR for the study “Novel therapies to augment neurological benefits of cellular therapies for traumatic spinal cord injury.”
Dr. Sachin Katyal, assistant professor of pharmacology and therapeutics and senior scientist at the Research Institute in Oncology and Hematology, is the first Manitoba researcher to receive the $450,000 Terry Fox New Investigator Award for his research on glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. He will use the award from the Terry Fox Research Institute to analyze resistant tumour cells that survive chemotherapy and radiation.
Josée Lavoie, professor of community health sciences and director of research at Ongomiizwin, the Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, leads the study “Improving responsiveness across the continuum of kidney health care in rural and remote Manitoba First Nation communities (I-KHealth),” awarded $1,575,900 by the CIHR.
Dr. Christine Leong [B.Sc.Pharm/10], assistant professor of pharmacy, received a District V National Association of Boards of Pharmacy/American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy grant of $3,000 for the study “Physical assessment in pharmacy education and practice: an evaluation of the value and feasibility of incorporating physical assessment from the care provider and public perspective.”
Janice Linton, Indigenous health librarian at the U of M’s Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library, was honoured with the Dawn Stewart Award for Research Support in Indigenous Health, recognizing her dedication to assisting students and researchers. The award was presented at the U of M’s sixth annual Indigenous Health Research Symposium
Lisa Lix [M.Sc./91, PhD/95], professor of community health sciences, director of the data science unit in the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, and senior scientist at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in methods for electronic health data quality.
Dr. Sabine Mai, professor of physiology, biochemistry/medical genetics and human anatomy/cell science and senior scientist at the Research Institute in Oncology and Hematology, has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in genomic instability and nuclear architecture in cancer.
Donna Martin [BN/81, MN/97], associate professor and associate dean, graduate programs in the College of Nursing, received an award of excellence in nursing research from the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba. This award is presented to registered nurses who promote the value of nursing and enhance the body of knowledge related to nursing
Lyle McKinnon [PhD/09], assistant professor of medical microbiology/infectious diseases and community health sciences, was honoured by CBC Manitoba as a member of the 2018 Manitoba Future 40. McKinnon has made significant contributions to HIV research.
Dr. Kirk McManus [B.Sc.(Hons.)/95, M.Sc./99], associate professor of biochemistry and medical genetics and senior scientist at the Research Institute in Oncology and Hematology, received funding of $250,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council for “Identifying and functionally characterizing the molecular determinants of chromosome stability in higher eukaryotes.”
Dr. Nathan Nickel, assistant professor of community health sciences, research scientist at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and researcher at CHRIM, was honoured by CBC Manitoba as a member of the 2018 Manitoba Future 40. Nickel is an expert in using administrative data to conduct population health research.
Peter Nickerson [B.Sc.Med./86, MD/86], distinguished professor of internal medicine and immunology and vicedean research of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, was awarded the 2018 Kidney Foundation of Canada Medal for Research Excellence. Nickerson is internationally recognized as a leader in organ transplantation medicine and is medical director of Transplant Manitoba.
Dr. Saroj Niraula, assistant professor of internal medicine and scientist at CancerCare Manitoba, was honoured by CBC Manitoba as a member of the 2018 Manitoba Future 40. Niraula is a medical oncologist with a focus on breast cancer treatment
Grant Pierce [PhD/83], professor of physiology and pathophysiology, has been honoured with the title of distinguished professor. The prominent cardiovascular researcher has also been invested into the Order of Manitoba. As executive director of research at St. Boniface Hospital, Pierce played a key role in establishing the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.
Frank Plummer [MD/76],distinguished professor of medical microbiology, has been honoured with the Flavelle Medal by the Royal Society of Canada. Plummer has led many breakthrough discoveries in the field of HIV/AIDS. He has served as senior scientific advisor of the Public Health Agency of Canada, director general of the Centre for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control in Ottawa, and scientific director general of the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.
Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg, distinguished professor of pediatrics/child health and biochemistry/medical genetics, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame laureate and researcher at CHRIM, has been invested into the Order of Manitoba.
Jo-Ann Sawatzky [BN/90, MN/93, PhD/99], professor of nursing, received an award of excellence in nursing administration from the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba. This award is presented to registered nurses who exemplify transformational leadership qualities and promote a culture of innovation and practice excellence
Robert Schroth [DMD/96, M.Sc./03, PhD/11], associate professor of preventive dental science, pediatrics/child health and community health sciences and researcher at CHRIM, is principal investigator for “Pilot Validation of a New Canadian Pediatric Risk Assessment Tool (CANA-P) for Preschool Children,” supported by $20,000 from the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research.
Dr. Alex Singer, associate professor of family medicine, was honoured by CBC Manitoba as a member of the 2018 Manitoba Future 40. Singer is an expert on electronic medical records and director of the Manitoba Primary Care Research Network.
Dana Turcotte [B.Sc.Pharm/05, PhD/14], assistant professor of pharmacy, leads “A purposeful pause: creating a culture that promotes Indigenous knowledge, education and scholarship achievement at the College of Pharmacy,” which received $40,000 from the U of M Indigenous Initiatives Fund. The project is a review of Indigenous cultural safety at the College of Pharmacy.
Sandra Webber [M.Sc./96, BMRPT/90, PhD/10], associate professor of physical therapy, leads the study “Effect of curriculum changes on wellness in master of physical therapy students,” supported by a grant of $3,510 from the College of Rehabilitation Sciences Endowment Fund.
Michael West [B.Sc.Med./73, MD/73, PhD/80], professor of surgery and associate dean, professionalism in the Max Rady College of Medicine, was honoured with a 2018 Certificate of Merit Award by the Canadian Association for Medical Education. West was described as “an exemplary teacher, leader and advocate for professionalism.”
Roberta Woodgate [BN/89, MN/93, PhD/01], professor of nursing, Canada Research Chair in child and family engagement in health research and healthcare and scientist at CHRIM, is principal investigator for “Putting children first: Delivering quality and cost-effective mental health services to children and youth living in First Nations communities” which received a CIHR SPOR iCT grant of $100,000.
Dr. Sheryl Zelenitsky [B.Sc.Pharm/89], professor of pharmacy, received the Canadian Society for Hospital Pharmacists – Manitoba Branch Award of Excellence. Zelenitsky was also a co-recipient of the 2018 Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada/Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Award for Excellence in Research or Innovation in Assessment of Competence.