Our CIHR University Delegates

Newfoundland and Labrador

Dr. Robert Bertolo

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Biography
  • Trained at the Universities of Guelph and Alberta studying nutrition and metabolism during development with a focus on amino acid and protein nutrition.
  • Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism and Canada Research Chair in Human Nutrition Department of Biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
  • Research focus is on the neonatal use of amino acids for growth and non-growth requirements.
  • He has received funding from CIHR, NSERC, CFI, hospital foundations and industry to support this research and has served on several grants review panels in Canada and USA.
  • Actively engaged in nutrition outreach and student development and is currently the President of the Canadian Nutrition Society.

Prince Edward Island

Dr. Sunny Hartwig

University of Prince Edward Island

Biography

Dr. Hartwig’s areas of expertise include: Kidney development and applications to human kidney disease, cultivation of compassion and mindfulness in medical education and kidney research training programs and mentorship.

Nova Scotia

Dr. Eileen Denovan-Wright

Dalhousie University

Biography

Eileen Denovan-Wright is currently Associate Dean-Research (2021-present) and Professor of Pharmacology (2000-present) in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. Her research program, developed with skilled trainees and operating funds from a variety of sources including CIHR, NIH, NSERC, and others, is focused on understanding cannabinoid receptor function in the context of neurodegeneration. In addition to research, Eileen has a long record of service in teaching and mentorship at Dalhousie. She has a strong record of peer review for journals and grant review for national and international funding agencies and is currently the chair of the CIHR Pharmacology and Toxicology Project Grant committee. She has served on boards and national task forces supporting the Canadian Council of Animal Care, which is the body that oversees all animal research in Canada. In addition to her long-term commitment to teaching and research in the Faculty of Medicine, she was Associate Dean-Students in the Faculty of Graduate Studies (2013-2021). She is currently on a national taskforce for the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies defining excellence in PhD graduate programs in Canada.

Derek Fisher

Mount Saint Vincent University

Biography
  • Dr. Derek Fisher is the interim Associate Vice-President, Research at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), Nova Scotia.
  • His service record to MSVU includes terms as a University Senator, Chair of the Research Ethics Board, and member of the Research and Publications Committee.
  • Cognitive neuroscientist with primary research interests in psychosis/schizophrenia and neuropsychopharmacology.
  • Affiliated scientist in the Department of Psychiatry, Nova Scotia Health.
  • Secretary & President-Elect of the EEG & Clinical Neuroscience Society.
  • Dr. Fisher’s work has been funded by CIHR, NSERC, Research Nova Scotia, among others.
Dr. Richard Isnor

St. Francis Xavier University

Biography
  • Associate Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
  • Holds a Doctorate in Philosophy in Science and Technology Policy Studies from the University of Sussex, UK.
  • Primary research interest is in science policy and the public administration of research.
  • Former manager of the Atlantic Regional Office for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), based in Moncton, New Brunswick.
  • Worked as the Director of Innovation Policy and Science at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Worked for the National Research Council of Canada managing Biotechnology Research Initiatives and the NRC Genomics and Health Initiative.
Dr. Erna MacLeod

Cape Breton University

Biography
  • Dr. Erna MacLeod is Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, at Cape Breton University.
  • She also is an Associate Professor in CBU's Department of Communication and Languages.
  • Her research and teaching focus on rural communities, cultural identities, ecological food practices, and public history.
Dr. Emily Bremer

Acadia University

Biography
  • Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology at Acadia University
  • Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Healthy Inclusive Communities
  • BHSc (Hon) and MHSc from Ontario Tech University, PhD from McMaster University, Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto
  • CIHR Vanier Scholar (2016-2019), CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2021)
  • Research interests include the interplay between motor development, physical activity, and health among children with and without disabilities with a focus on community-based intervention
Dr. Peter L. Twohig

Saint Mary's University

Biography
  • Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies at Saint Mary's University since 2003.
  • Primary research interests involve interdisciplinary approaches to understanding health, illness and disease, and the social organization of health care work.
  • Dr. Twohig was a member of the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University.
  • His research has been published in Canadian Family Physician, Canadian Medical Association Journal, the British Medical Journal, the American Journal of Bioethics, Acadiensis and other journals.
  • He is the author of Labour in the Laboratory (2005) and Challenge and Change (1998) and the coeditor of a six essay collections on health, illness and disease.

New Brunswick

Dr. Marilyn J. Hodgins

University of New Brunswick

Biography
  • Associate Professor and Research Liaison, Faculty of Nursing, University of New Brunswick - Fredericton.
  • Has received both salary awards and operating grants from CIHR and currently serves on CIHR’s Health Evaluation & Interventions Research Grants Committee.
  • Research interests include the changing patterns of healthcare utilization & delivery and their effect on health outcomes. Much of her research is situated within the emergency department or at the interface between home and acute healthcare service delivery.
Dr. Jeff Ollerhead

Mount Allison University

Biography
  • Dr. Jeff Ollerhead is a member of the Geography and Environment Department at Mount Allison University.
  • He is a coastal geomorphologist who studies beaches and salt marshes.
  • He was Dean of Science and Graduate Studies for 10 years and is now Interim Provost and VP, Academic and Research at Mount Allison.
Dr. Sandra Turcotte

Université de Moncton

Biography
  • Associate Professor, Department of chemistry and biochemistry, Université de Moncton.
  • Researcher in residency at Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, Moncton, NB.
  • Dr. Turcotte hold a Canadian Cancer Society Research Chair and received a KRESCENT New Investigator award (2012-2015).
  • Research interests focus on kidney cancer to study the possibility of targeting lysosomal vulnerabilities in tumor as potential new therapy, and the role of particular microRNAs in kidney tumor development.
  • Her research has received funding from CIHR, Kidney Foundation of Canada, Cancer Research Society.
  • She serves on several grant panels including KFOC and studentship awards (CIHR, CRS, NSERC).

Québec

Dr. Sylvain Baillet

McGill University

Biography
  • Professor & Canada Research Chair (Tier I) of Neural Dynamics of Brain Systems.
  • Departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery, Biomedical Engineering, and Computer Science.
  • Director of the MEG Core, McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, Montreal Neurological Institute.
  • PhD (Physics) U of Paris, MSc (Electrical Engineering) U of Paris, Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay (France).
  • I conduct research in neuroimaging and neurophysiology, computational neuroscience, with specific interests in the mechanisms of information integration and prediction in neural networks and brain systems, in health and diseases.
  • I encourage open-science practices, with an emphasis on the dissemination of research data, methods and software tools.
Dr. Estelle Chamoux

Bishop’s University

Prof. Pedro Geraldes

University of Sherbrooke

Biography
  • Prof. Pedro Geraldes is a full professor in the Department of Medicine, division of endocrinology at the Université de Sherbrooke since 2010. He is the director of the Université de Sherbrooke Center of Excellence and the Research Axe of the CRCHUS in Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Complications.
  • Prof. Pedro Geraldes received my Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Montreal under the supervision of Dr. Jean-François Tanguay. Following his PhD program, he joined the Dr. George King’s laboratory at Joslin Diabetes Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston.
  • Prof. Pedro Geraldes received several awards and salary support from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQ-S) (junior 1 and 2) and Diabetes Canada (New investigator award). He also held a Canada Research Chair in Diabetes and Vascular Complications (Tier 2). During his career, Prof. Geraldes published 36 manuscripts in scientific journals such as Nature Medicine, Cell Metabolism, Diabetes, Circulation Reseasch, ATVB, JASN, Kidney International.
  • Prof. Pedro Geraldes’s research investigates how toxic metabolites of glucose and fatty acids deregulate protecting factors associated to vascular complications diabetes such as diabetic kidney disease, peripheral arterial disease, wound healing and atherosclerosis. His projects are currently funded by grants from CIHR, Kidney Foundation of Canada, Diabetes Canada and Fondation Diabète Brome Missisquoi et Haut Richelieu.
Dr. Mohammad-Ali Jenabian

Université du Québec à Montréal

Biography
  • Dr Jenabian is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the holder of the CIHR Canada Research Chair in Immuno-Virology.
  • Dr Jenabian earned his D.V.M. degree in “Veterinary Medicine” in 2003 in Iran. He then began Ph.D. studies in “Virology” (2005-09) at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris. He further started his first postdoctoral training (2009-11), in “HIV fundamental Immunology” at INSERM U955 in Paris. He also performed a second postdoctoral fellow at McGill University (2011-14) in “HIV clinical Immunology”.
  • His research in focusing on the regulation of mucosal and systemic immunity during HIV infection as well as the assessment of HIV reservoirs.
  • Dr. Jenabian's work is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) [Quebec funding agency for health research] and the Canadian HIV Cure Enterprise (CanCURE). He was also awarded both CIHR new investigator salary award as well as a junior 1 career award from FRQ-S.
  • Member of “AIDS and Infectious Disease” and “Cell and Tissue Therapy” networks of FRQ-S and “CIHR HIV Clinical Trials Network (CTN)”.
Dr. Brigitte Leblon

Université TÉLUQ

Biography
  • Brigitte Leblon holds a doctoral degree from Montpellier SupAgro (France) and is currently director of research at Université TÉLUQ. She is a professor of remote sensing in the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick, where she has also acted as a program director.
  • During her career in academia, she has directed or co‑directed seven research networks, and she is past-president of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society. She created and led a dual‑degree master’s program in forest science jointly delivered by three Canadian and five European universities.
  • Her research accomplishments include over 250 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and national and international conference proceedings, as well as supervision of several dozen master’s and doctoral students. Together, she and her students have won 54 awards and honours.
  • She has received over $22 million in funding for teaching and research projects that she has led or co‑led. She has developed seven online geomatics courses in English and French (one of which is available in Spanish).
  • She has chaired a number of faculty and university committees and led several strategic planning processes. She has sat on many Canadian and international funding agency committees. She is currently the NSERC and SSRHC leader for Université TÉLUQ.
Stéphane Lefrançois

Institut national de la recherche scientifique

Biography
  • Associate professor Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie at INRS
  • BSc and PhD from McGill University
  • Post-Doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
  • Research focuses on the cell biology of intracellular sorting and trafficking using biochemistry, cell biology and biophysical approaches.
Dr. Frédéric Lesage

Polytechnique Montréal

Biography
  • Prof. F. Lesage leads a laboratory of 20 HQP working on optical vascular imaging.
  • Following an education in physics, he developed expertise in medical imaging working in the industry first and then moving to academia.
  • He holds a CRC Tier 1 in Optical Vascular Imaging and his research activities focus on the development of new techniques to investigate vascular function and dysfunction and its impact on the brain.
  • His work combines microscopic techniques (two-photon, optical coherence tomography, confocal imaging) with macroscopic imaging (fluorescence, photo acoustics, MRI and ultrasound) to bridge the gap between detailed physiology and macroscopic imaging.
Dr. Jennifer McGrath

Concordia University

Biography
  • PERFORM Chair, Childhood Preventive Health and Data Science, Concordia University, Québec
  • Full Professor, Department of Psychology, Concordia University
  • Research interests focus on psychophysiology and wearable technology; pediatric public health; early precursors of cardiometabolic disease during childhood and adolescence; social determinants of child health inequalities; data science and open science methodology
  • MPH in Epidemiology (University of Pittsburgh, USA, 2004)
  • PDF in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine (University of Pittsburgh, USA, 2002-2004)
  • Residency in Child Clinical Psychology (Bellevue Hospital, New York University University, USA, 2001-2002)
  • MA & PhD in Clinical Psychology (Health Psychology & Child Clinical; Bowling Green State University, USA, 1996-2002)
  • Research currently funded through CIHR & FRQS
  • Served on Psychosocial, Sociocultural, & Behavioural Determinants of Health (PB1) peer review committee for many years
Dr. Jean-François Millaire

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (in french only)

Biography
  • Dean of Research and Creation, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.
  • Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, The University of Western Ontario.
  • PhD from the University of East Anglia, 2002.
  • Key research interests: Andean Archeology, North Coast of Peru, Ancient Complex Societies, Urban Planning, Early State Societies, Remote Sensing, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Obtained funding from SSHRC to support his research.
Dr. Sébastien Normand

Université du Québec en Outaouais (in French only)

Biography
  • Associate Professor, Département de psychoéducation et de psychologie and Director, Interdisciplinary Research Program on Children's Mental Health, Université du Québec en Outaouais.
  • Regular Investigator (Institut du savoir Montfort, Research Unit on children's psychosocial maladjustment, Équipe sur les pairs et la prevention, Social Neuroscience Group), Clinical Professor (School of Psychology, University of Ottawa), Pediatric Psychologist (Hôpital Montfort).
  • Research interests: Friendships of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), psychosocial treatments targeting the social problems of children with ADHD, psychosocial interventions to engage families in evidence-based treatments for ADHD, developmental psychopathology.
  • B.Sc. in psychology (Université du Québec à Montréal, 2005), PhD in clinical psychology (University of Ottawa, 2011), residency in pediatric psychology (The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto (2011).
  • Work funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Fonds de recherche québécois sur la société et la culture (FRQSC) and the Institut du savoir Montfort.
  • Member, Social & Developmental Aspects of Children's and Youth's Health, CIHR.
  • Member, Planning Committee, Canadian ADHD Research Network.
Dr. Lucie Parent

Université de Montréal

Biography
  • Deputy Vice-Rector of Research, Discovery, Creation and Innovation.
  • Full professor, Department Pharmacology and Physiology since 2005.
  • Previously Executive Director of undergraduate Medical studies at the Faculty of Medicine.
  • Has directed a FRQS - supported research group on membrane proteins.
  • Undergraduate training in Chemistry at Université de Sherbrooke; Ph.D training in Physiology and Biophysics at the Université de Montréal; Postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and at the University of California in Los Angeles.
  • Research program is currently focused on the role of ion channels in cardiac remodeling and heart failure.
  • Currently supported by grants from the CIHR, NSERC, and HSF with former support from NIH and AHA (USA).
  • Review experience includes CIHR, NSERC, HSF, CFI and a few European grant review panels.
Dr. Marc Pouliot

Université Laval

Biography
  • Head, Division of Infectious and Immune Diseases, CHU de Québec Research Center - Université Laval (since 2020).
  • Full professor in the department of microbiology-infectiology and immunology (since 2009).
  • Research program aims to develop improved therapies by unraveling the role of neutrophils in autoimmune, inflammatory diseases, particularly lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • B.Sc. in Biochemistry, M.Sc & Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Université Laval; Post-doctoral studies in the Rheumatology Department, the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide (Australia) (1994-1996); then at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston (USA) (1997-1999).
  • Member of several peer review committees at CIHR, the Canadian Arthritis Network and The Arthritis Society.
  • Member of the advisory committee at CIHR’s Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) (2011-20).

Ontario

Dr Katalin Tóth

University of Ottawa

Biography
  • Katalin Tóth is currently a Professor in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine Department at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa.
  • Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Neuronal Signalling
  • Her research programme is focused on neuronal communication in networks implicated in spatial navigation and memory formation.
  • Current research is supported by CIHR, NIH and Brain Canada
  • Former President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (2019-2020)
  • She has served on CIHR and NSF peer-review panels
Dr. Brenda Bruner

Nipissing University

Biography
  • Dr. Brenda Bruner obtained her PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009.
  • She is an Associate Professor in the School of Physical and Health Education at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario.
  • Her research program focuses on community-based health promotion, primarily related to physical activity and health eating among children and youth, emerging adults and Indigenous Peoples.
Dr. Marla Beauchamp

McMaster University

Biography
  • Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science and Department of Medicine at McMaster University, Ontario
  • Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Mobility, Aging, and Chronic Disease
  • B.Sc. (Hon) Science from the University of Waterloo, and MSc.PT and PhD at the University of Toronto
  • Postdoctoral fellowship in outcomes measurement from Harvard Medical School
  • Research interests include fall risk assessment and prevention, trajectories of mobility change with aging, and wearable technology
Dr. Anthony J. Clarke

Wilfrid Laurier University

Biography
  • Professor and Dean, Faculty of Science, Wilfrid Laurier University.
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Guelph.
  • Former A.V.P (Graduate Studies & Program Quality Assurance), A.V.P. (Research), A.V.P. (Academic), and Chair of Microbiology, University of Guelph.
  • BSc. Hon Chemistry & Biology (1978) and Ph.D. in Biochemistry (1983), University of Waterloo.
  • Research interests involve the metabolism of peptidoglycan in bacterial pathogens with emphasis on the control of autolysins and lysozymes of innate immunity systems.
  • Currently supported by funding from CIHR, NSERC and the NCE program.
Dr. Adam Dubrowski

Ontario Tech University

Biography
  • Professor, Canada Research Chair in Health-Care Simulation.
  • He earned his doctorate in kinesiology at the University of Waterloo and completed post-doctoral fellowship in neuroscience at the Wilfrid Laurier University.
  • Dr. Dubrowski’s professional journey includes working at prestigious universities such as University of Toronto and Memorial University, as well as hospital-based centres and institutes, such as the Wilson Centre (Toronto General Hospital) and the Learning Institute (Hospital for Sick Children).
  • Currently, working at the Ontario Tech University, Dr. Dubrowski founded and leads maxSIMhealth, a unique network of research and living laboratories in Ontario that focusses on the application of innovative technologies to provide meaningful solution to training gaps in healthcare.
  • He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, supervised more than 50 graduate students, and holds numerous grants and research-industry partnerships.
Dr. Jess Haines

University of Guelph

Biography
  • Dr. Jess Haines has a PhD in Epidemiology, a MHSc in Public Health, and is a registered dietitian. She is a Professor of Applied Human Nutrition and The Helderleigh Foundation Professor in Food Literacy at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on promoting sustainable healthy eating among families by bridging epidemiologic and observational research on the determinants of eating behaviour with novel and scalable behaviour change interventions and knowledge mobilization tools. Dr. Haines’s work has been funded by CIHR, NIH, CFI, SSHRC among others. She is a member of the CIHR College of Reviewers and has served on numerous grant review panels.
Dr. Vicki Kristman

Lakehead University

Biography
  • Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences and Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Lakehead University.
  • Director, Enhancing the Prevention of Injury & Disability (EPID) @ Work Research Institute, Lakehead University.
  • Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Work & Health.
  • Awarded CIHR New Investigator Award in Community-based Primary Health Care (2014-19).
  • Research interests: workplace health, work disability prevention, mental health, musculoskeletal, and mild traumatic brain injury.
  • Executive Member of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology & Biostatistics (CSEB) (2016-18).
  • Member, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Rising Star Award Review Committee (2016-20).
  • Member, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Public, Community & Population Health Review Committee (2013-15).
Dr. Andrea Lawrance

Carleton University

Biography
  • Dr. Andrea Lawrance is the Director of Carleton Office for Research Initiatives and Services (CORIS), Carleton University, Ontario.
  • She is currently responsible for strategic planning and policy development, oversight of all grant submissions, and reporting.
  • She holds a PhD in Human Genetics from McGill University in the area of folate metabolism and colorectal cancer risk, and a BSc in Biochemistry from McMaster University.
Dr. David W. Litchfield

University of Western Ontario

Biography
  • Vice-Dean, Research & Innovation and Professor of Biochemistry and Oncology in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario.
  • Undergraduate training in Chemistry and Biochemistry at McMaster University; Doctoral training in Biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario; Postdoctoral training in Department of Pharmacology at the University of Washington.
  • Research program is currently focused on role of protein kinases in control of cell growth and survival and development of proteomic strategies to guide application of kinase inhibitors as therapeutic agents.
  • Currently supported by grants from the CIHR and NSERC.
  • Review experience includes CIHR, NIH (USA), NSERC, NSF (USA), CCSRI, TFRI, DoD (USA), and CFI.
Dr. Alexander R Moise

NOSM-Laurentian University

Biography
  • Associate Professor, Medical Sciences Division, Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Laurentian University.
  • BSc. Hon. Genetics and Ph.D. Zoology (2000), University of British Columbia.
  • Postdoctoral training in Ophthalmology (U. Washington) and Pharmacology (Case Western Reserve University).
  • Recruited to NOSM/Laurentian in 2017 from University of Kansas where he held an Associate Professor position in Pharmacology and Toxicology.
  • Research supported by NSERC and NIH (NICHD) is focused on the roles of vitamin A in embryonic development, vision and regulation of metabolism.
  • Awarded a Fulbright US Scholar Award held at the Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory (LNBio).
  • Has served on grant review panels for NSERC, NIH, American Heart Association, Israel Science Foundation, and German Research Foundation.
  • Is a co-chair of the FASEB Retinoid Meeting and a member of scientific advisory and award committees for the American Association for Anatomy and the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention.
Dr. Rebecca Rita Pillai Riddell

York University

Biography
  • Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell is a Full Professor, Clinical Psychologist, and the Associate Vice-President Research & Innovation (Health, Sciences, Engineering) at York University. She has been a University Delegate since 2017.  Her research has been funded by CIHR salary awards and/or operating grants since it’s inaugural year in 2000.  
  • Through her leadership of the Opportunities to Understand Childhood Hurt Laboratory or OUCH Lab at York, she created the largest longitudinal cohort in the world examining acute pain behaviours in healthy young children, within the context of primary caregivers.  Her current focus is leading a multi-million dollar, international research program seeking out an artificial intelligence solution to infant pain assessment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Her program is funded by CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC operating grants.
  • She was selected to me a member of NDRIO’s inaugural Researcher Council.
  • She peer reviews for all three federal research councils, CRC, CFI and NFRF and has a deep knowledge of the broader federal research landscape.
  • She sits on a number of boards such as CBC Kids, Strong Minds Strong Kids, and the Infant and Early Years Mental Health Program.
  • Pillai Riddell has contributed to more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and invited contributions.
  • An award-winning research mentor, she has been primary supervisor of  over 25 graduate theses/dissertation/postdocs and 40 Honours Thesis students.
  • Pillai Riddell has been passionate in addressing the major equity, diversity, and inclusion challenges in Canada’s research landscape, through numerous leadership roles at the institutional, provincial, and federal research organizations.  She is currently leading a large university-wide initiative creating an online ‘how-to’ training hub that operationalizes how to integrate EDI principles into  elite research adjudication and faculty hiring processes.
Dr. Lisa Porter

University of Windsor

Biography
  • Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor; Translational Research Director for the Windsor Cancer Research Group.
  • PhD in Medical Sciences (McMaster University 2001); Postdoctoral fellowship at University of California San Diego in Chemistry & Biochemistry from 2001-2004.
  • Held a CIHR New Investigator Career Award, Assumption University Chair in Cancer Research, Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.
  • Research focuses on the molecular regulation of cell cycle checkpoints. Health applications are focused on an atypical family of cyclin-like proteins that drive select cell populations during development and are implicated in the initiation and progression of tumorigenesis, as well as the progression of select regenerative disorders.
  • Frequent reviewer/scientific officer for CIHR, CCS, CRS, NSERC panels.
  • Actively engaged in cancer research outreach and student training mentorship. Currently leading the development of a Health Institute in Windsor-Essex region.
Dr. Josephine Pui-Hing Wong

Ryerson University

Biography
  • Professor and Research Chair in Urban Health in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University
  • Research approaches include community-based action research, evidence-informed interventions, and implementation science in Canada and internationally
  • Research foci include: social identities and health practices, stigma reduction in HIV and mental illness, health equity, and pandemic response
  • Working closely with racialized, immigrants, refugees, LGBTQ+ and youth communities
  • Research supported by CIHR, SSHRC, OHTN, NFRF and November Foundation
Dr. David Rose

University of Waterloo

Biography
  • Professor, Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, Ontario since January, 2009.
  • Formerly a Senior Scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute and Professor, Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto and previous to that with the Institute of Biological Sciences, National Research Council Canada, Ottawa.
  • Undergraduate education: University of Pennsylvania, DPhil: University of Oxford, Postdoc: MIT (G.A. Petsko).
  • Dr. Rose's area of research is in structure/function studies of enzymes associated with human health, particularly glycosidases. He is studying the basic mechanisms by which these enzymes perform their functions in maintaining health or causing disease, and how those functions might be modulated by inhibitors. The main technical areas in Dr. Rose's laboratory are X-ray crystallography and recombinant expression of proteins in different systems.
Dr. Steven Smith

Queen's University

Biography
  • Professor, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences and Director of Research, Faculty of Health Sciences.
  • Research interests include the molecular basis of transcriptional regulation in disease and microbial recognition and modification of carbohydrates.
  • B.Sc. Biochemistry (1993) and Ph.D. Biochemistry (1998) at Western University, postdoctoral training at the University of Oxford (1998-2000).
  • Member of the CIHR Biochemistry and Molecular Biology A Peer Review Panel.
  • CIHR New Investigator (2006-2011), CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow (1998-2001) Burroughs Wellcome Hitchings-Elion Fellow (1998-2001).
Dr. Brenda Smith-Chant

Trent University

Dr. Matthew Kwan

Brock University

Biography
  • Dr. Kwan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University.
  • Co-Director of the INfant Child and youth Health (INCH) lab and research group. Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Kinesiology at McMaster University.
  • Current research interests reflect a broader interdisciplinary science comprising behavioural medicine, health and exercise psychology, and population health.
  • Guided by a socio-ecological perspective, his work aims to better understand the complex interplay between environmental, social, and individual factors, to determine how we can effectively target movement behaviours to improve mental health and wellbeing of children and youth.
Dr. Tania Watts

University of Toronto

Biography
  • Professor and Associate Chair Post-doctoral program, Department of Immunology, University of Toronto.
  • BSc. Hon (1979) and Ph.D. (1983), in Biochemistry, University of Alberta.
  • Post-doctoral training, Stanford University, Chemistry (1983-1986).
  • Director, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine Flow Cytometry facility (1992-present).
  • Member Ontario COVID19 Science Advisory Table (2020-present)
  • Dr. Watts’ team studies immunity to infections, including influenza, and  more recently SARS-CoV-2; as well as the role of tumor necrosis factor superfamily members in immune memory and cancer cell survival.
  • Dr. Watts has served on Immunology and transplantation, New Investigator and multi-user equipment and maintenance panels for CIHR, chairing the multi-user panel for 3 years; She served on the Scientific advisory board of the CIHR Institute for Infection and Immunity from 2003- 2006 and is currently funded by a CIHR foundation grant.

Manitoba

Dr. Heather Duncan

Brandon University

Biography
  • Dr. Duncan is the Associate Vice-president Research at Brandon University, Manitoba.
  • She is also a professor and the Dean of the Faculty of Education at Brandon University, Manitoba.
  • Research interests include distance, rural and indigenous education, professional development and leadership.
Dr. Yvonne Myal

University of Manitoba

Biography
  • Professor and Associate Head, Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences.
  • Professor, Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Former Director of Research and Innovation, Diagnostic Services of Manitoba.
  • Senior Scientist, Research Institute in Oncology and Hematology, CancerCare, Manitoba.
  • Dr. Myal received her PhD from the University of Manitoba.
  • Her research program focuses on identifying novel molecular biomarkers of normal breast development as well as identifying breast cancer specific biomarkers and understanding the biological role of these markers in the progression of breast cancer from a localized disease to metastases.
  • She has received national operating grants from CIHR, CBCF and NSERC.

Saskatchewan

Dr. Tarun Katapally

University of Regina

Biography
  • Dr. Tarun Katapally is an Associate Professor and Patient-Oriented Research Leader at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina.
  • He established the Digital Epidemiology and Population Health (DEPtH) Laboratory in 2017.
  • The DEPtH Lab implements the SMART Platform developed by him by combining the concepts of citizen science, community-based participatory research, and systems science.
  • He is also the country leader for India for the development of global report cards on the physical activity for children and youth.
  • He has co-founded Active Healthy Kids India, which promotes active living policies in the second-most populous nation in the world.
  • Dr. Katapally’s expertise is in linking advanced mixed-methods and complex analytical techniques with community-based participatory and patient-oriented research to understand the impact of health systems and policies on population health.
  • Increasingly, his focus is on the usage of digital epidemiological tools in informing health policies and programs through integrated knowledge translation to promote the health of vulnerable populations.
Dr. Darcy D. Marciniuk

University of Saskatchewan

Biography
  • Associate Vice-President Research, and Professor of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, at the University of Saskatchewan.
  • Recognized internationally for expertise in COPD, cardiopulmonary exercise testing and pulmonary rehabilitation, and for leadership in professional learning, knowledge translation and clinical practice guideline development.
  • Published 200 peer-reviewed publications and reviews, and given more than 560 invited presentations.
  • Bestowed with the Distinguished Scientist Honor Lecture (2011) and the Thomas L. Petty Memorial Honor Lecture (2015) by the American College of Chest Physicians, the Founder’s Award (2013) by the Canadian Lung Association, the Honorary Lecture Award by the Canadian Thoracic Society (2016), and Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2017).

Alberta

Dr. Christian Beaulieu

University of Alberta

Biography
  • Current Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Adjunct Professor of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging, and Member of the Neurosciences and Mental Health Institute in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta.
  • Scientific Director of Peter S Allen MRI Research Centre.
  • Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in MRI of Brain Microstructure and former CIHR New Investigator.
  • BSc (Physical Chemistry, University of Manitoba), PhD (Biomedical Engineering, University of Alberta), PDF (Radiology, Stanford University).
  • Research interests include the technical development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods mainly for the human brain.
  • Clinical applications of quantitative MRI include stroke, epilepsy, healthy neurodevelopment and aging, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, multiple sclerosis, etc.
Dr. Jennifer Copeland

University of Lethbridge

Biography
  • Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Physical Education.
  • Interim Associate Vice President (Research).
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist.
  • Board Member (Treasurer) for the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology.
  • Dr. Copeland’s research focuses on the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in health across the lifespan, with a particular focus on healthy ageing.
  • She is interested in community-engaged research and the functional outcomes associated with reducing sedentary time among older adults.
Dr. Jennifer Knopp-Sihota

Athabasca University

Biography
  • Dr. Knopp-Sihota is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines and practices clinically as a nurse practitioner with Indigenous Services Canada.
  • PhD (Epidemiology and Nursing), University of Alberta.
  • Researcher – Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC).
  • Research interests focus on improving the quality of care for older adult nursing home residents. Current projects aim to improve pain assessment / management, reduce polypharmacy, and manage dementia behaviors.
  • Funding from CIHR and Alzheimer Society of Canada.
  • Member of the College of Reviewers and has served on multiple CIHR Health Policy & Systems Management Research review panels.
Dr. Gerald W. Zamponi

University of Calgary

Biography
  • Dr. Zamponi is currently the Senior Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary.
  • He is one of the leading experts in the field of voltage gated calcium channels, with a specific interest in the role of calcium channels in the development of chronic pain.
  • He received his undergraduate training in Engineering Physics at the Johannes Kepler University, followed by a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Calgary.
  • After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia, he took up a faculty position at the University of Calgary where he subsequently chaired the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.
  • Dr. Zamponi has published close to 200 peer reviewed articles and holds numerous US patents on new pain therapeutics.
  • Dr. Zamponi is a former holder of a CIHR Investigator Award, and is an Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions Scientist and Canada Research Chair.
  • He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

British Columbia

Dr. Jonathan Choy

Simon Fraser University

Dr. Liisa Galea

University of British Columbia

Biography

Liisa Galea is a Professor in Psychology, affiliated member in Psychiatry, member of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia and is a Scientific Advisor at Women’s Health Research Institute. She is the lead for the Women’s Health Research Cluster at UBC with over 230 members across Canada. The main goal of her research is to improve brain health for women and men by examining the influence of sex and sex hormones on normal and diseased brain states such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease. To this end, as lead of the Laboratory of Behavioural Neuroendocrinology, she has published more than 160 research papers on the influence of sex, sex and stress hormones on neuroplasticity and consequences for behaviour. Dr. Galea is a Distinguished University Scholar at UBC and holds numerous scientific awards and a community engagement award (Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction award). She has given over 60 international speaking engagements, including keynotes. Liisa sits on the advisory board of Institute of Gender and Health at Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). She was recognized as a Fellow at International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) and the Kavli Foundation. Dr. Galea is the chief editor of FiN (Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, IF =9.059) and the President-elect of Organization for the Study of Sex Differences. She serves committees/boards, including committees for equity diversity and inclusion for Institute of Mental Health (UBC), Steroids and Nervous System (Italy), Canadian Organisation for Sex and Gender Research, International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, and Canadian Association of Neuroscience.

Nathan Lachowsky

University of Victoria

Biography
  • Nathan Lachowsky (he, him, his) is an uninvited settler researcher of Ukrainian and British descent. He is Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria (UVic) and former Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. He serves as Special Advisor Health Research to UVic’s Vice President Research and Innovation, responsible for implementing the UVic Health Initiative. Championing interdisciplinary and community-based approaches, he has conducted population health research with sexual and gender minoritized communities – particularly Indigenous Two-Spirit and Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender, and Queer (2SLGBTQ) people across Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand. His research focuses on social and behavioural epidemiology and the importance of developing and analyzing mixed methods data to inform public health practice, health service provision, interventions, and policy. He conducts interdisciplinary research within a social justice framework in order to achieve health equity for marginalized communities.
Dr. Kathy Lewis

University of Northern British Columbia

Biography
  • Dr. Lewis is currently serving as the Acting Vice-President Research and Innovation at the University of Northern British Columbia, following over 10 years as Professor and Chair of the Ecosystem Science and Management Program at UNBC.
  • Her research examines the relationships between pathogens, insects and their physical and biological environments, and how those relationships are affected by external influences such as forest management and climate change. Her research has been supported by Provincial and Federal agencies, including NSERC, and was recognized in 2021 by the Canadian Institute of Forestry with a Scientific Achievement Award.
  • Kathy has served on a number of boards and committees, including the Provincial Forest Appeals Commission, the Board of Examiners for the Association of BC Forest Professionals, the External Review Panel for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the Provincial Forestry Roundtable, and as an expert witness for Canada in the 2011 Softwood Lumber Agreement hearings.
Dr. Rod McCormick

Thompson Rivers University

Biography
  • Professor and BC Research Chair in Aboriginal Child and Maternal Health in the Faculty of Human, Social, and Educational Development at Thompson Rivers University.
  • Formerly held position as psychologist and counseling psychology professor at the University of British Columbia.
  • Dr. McCormick has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator of 17 CIHR funded research grants.
  • He was the Nominated Principal Investigator of 3 provincial Aboriginal health research networks: BC ACADRE, NEAHRBC, and Kloshe Tillicum.
  • Research interests include Aboriginal health with a focus on mental health issues.
  • Dr. McCormick has served on various CIHR committees (Institute Advisory Board, Peer Review Committees, etc.).

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