On the Mic with Mike

On the Mic with Mike is a new video series from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). In these videos, the President of CIHR, Dr. Michael Strong, sits down with researchers to learn about their work, why they went into science in the first place, and what the future holds for their field of research.

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On the Mic with Mike #9: Dr. Michael Hendricks discusses the wonder worm C. elegans
In this episode of On the Mic with Mike, Dr. Michael Strong visits Dr. Michael Hendricks, a researcher at McGill University who is exploring what a tiny worm without bones, a heart or a circulatory system can teach us about human health. Dr. Hendricks explains why C. elegans is indispensable to developmental biology and shares details of a microscope he’s building from scratch.

On the Mic with Mike #8: Dr. Colleen Dell on the healing power of animals
In this latest episode, Dr. Michael Strong talks with Dr. Colleen Dell, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, about her research on addictions, the integration of therapy animals in her health and wellness studies, work-life balance and what the future holds for her research.

On the Mic with Mike #7: Battling health bunk with Professor Timothy Caulfield
In the first-ever video chat for On the Mic with Mike, Dr. Strong meets with Professor Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law & Policy from the University of Alberta. Together, they discuss the importance of fighting misinformation, building public trust in science, and finding good mentors.

On the Mic with Mike #6: Dr. Patricia Conrod on the developing adolescent brain
In this episode of On the Mic with Mike, Dr. Strong meets Dr. Patricia Conrod, a clinical psychologist and professor of psychiatry at Université de Montréal. Dr. Conrod researches the developing adolescent brain, with a particular focus on the impact of the early use of cannabis, alcohol, and tobacco.

On the Mic with Mike #5: Dr. Tracie O. Afifi’s quest to change parents’ behaviour and keep kids safe
After a hiatus because of COVID-19, On the Mic with Mike is back. In this episode, CIHR Gold Leaf Prize winner Dr. Tracie O. Afifi describes her research into the long-term physical and mental health effects of child maltreatment and her quest to influence parents to change their behaviour to create healthier kids.

On the Mic with Mike #4: Ode to Dr. Joy Johnson
In this episode of On the Mic with Mike, CIHR President Dr. Michael Strong meets Dr. Joy Johnson, the incoming President of Simon Fraser University. The two discuss how Dr. Johnson caught the research bug, why international collaborations matter, and what she thinks the next big thing is in the world of research.

On the Mic with Mike #3: Coffee with the infectiously engaging Dr. Marceline Côté
In this episode of On the Mic with Mike, CIHR President Dr. Michael Strong meets Dr. Marceline Côté, an assistant professor and researcher at the University of Ottawa who studies viruses like Ebola. The two discuss where her interest in research came from, her career path, and what she’s working on today.

On the Mic with Mike #2: Reconciliation through research with Dr. Jonathan Dewar
In this episode of On the Mic with Mike, CIHR President Dr. Michael Strong sits down with Dr. Jonathan Dewar, the Executive Director of the First Nations Information Governance Centre. The two discuss culture, community, and Indigenous scholarship.

On the Mic with Mike #1: Heart to heart with Dr. Katey Rayner
In this episode, Dr. Michael Strong sits down with Dr. Katey Rayner, a researcher at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. The two discuss the "ah-ha" moment in undergrad that got Dr. Rayner started on the path to biomedical research, the importance of mentorship, and balancing career and family.

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