Celebrating Health Research

Welcome to CIHR’s Celebrating Health Research storybook, where you can read about the life-changing research happening right here in Canada – presented by researchers and patients in their own words.

Hear from researchers about why they pursued a career in health research, and learn about the health problems they’re tackling and the new scientific knowledge they’re creating.

You can also read the stories of patients who have been involved in or touched by health research.

Be sure to check back often, as we’ll be adding new stories all the time.


Living well without dialysis

Dr. Sara Davison
University of Alberta

Birth medicine: 3D modeling of how babies are born

Dr. James Andrew Smith
York University

Harnessing the power of the body’s healing mechanism

Dr. Shalina Ousman
University of Calgary

Combatting sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of infection that can trigger organ failure

Dr. Jim Russell
Centre for Heart Lung Innovation at St. Paul’s Hospital

Improving strategies for health professionals

Dr. Evelyne Vinet
McGill University

A health research trifecta!

Dr. Terence J. Coderre
McGill University

Physiotherapists are “unsung heroes”

Dr. Dina Brooks
University of Toronto

The pathway to a health research career begins at home

Ms. Ashley Ross
University of Waterloo

From patient to professor: Paying it forward

Dr. Kevin Willison
Lakehead University

Improving end-of-life care in Canada

Dr. Isabelle Marcoux
University of Ottawa


Promising practices, policies and principles that better support aging and care

Dr. Tamara Daly
York University Centre for Aging Research and Education

Time flies when you’re making a difference

Dr. Eduardo L. Franco
McGill University

Uncovering the role of endothelin-1 in atherosclerosis and aortic aneurysms

Dr. Ernesto L. Schiffrin
Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General Hospital and McGill University

This psychiatric rehabilitation researcher is proud to be part of the solution

Dr. Abraham (Rami) Rudnick
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Talking about sexual health and well-being

Dr. Natalie Rosen
Dalhousie University

Mapping and understanding the genome of breast cancer

Dr. Samah El Ghamrasni
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

A safe way to test if a child is allergic to antibiotics

Dr. Moshe Ben-Shoshan
Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University Health Centre

Bringing hope to patients with colorectal cancer

Dr. Nicole Beauchemin
McGill University

Confronting a global killer

Dr. Madhukar Pai
McGill University

Improving our knowledge of rheumatic diseases

Dr. Sasha Bernatsky
McGill University Health Centre Research Institute

Fending off super-bugs

Dr. Ayush Kumar
University of Manitoba

Deciphering the secrets of saliva

Dr. Walter L. Siqueira
Western University

From the molecule to the market: developing cancer treatments

Dr. Donald Poirier
Centre de recherche de CHU de Québec

Social participation: better fostering active aging

Dr. Mélanie Levasseur
Université de Sherbrooke

Helping young patients find their voices

Dr. Roberta L. Woodgate
College of Nursing, University of Manitoba

A humble servant to the Indigenous communities she serves

Dr. Carrie Bourassa
Health Sciences North Research Institute

A diversity of perspectives, interventions and approaches converge to create solutions

Dr. Jon McGavock and Dr. Andrew Halayko
Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba

Supporting nurses: Supporting safe health care

Jennifer Jackson
King’s College London (UK)

Celebrating 7 years of SyMBIOTA (Synergy in Microbiota) research

Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj
University of Alberta

An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure

Oluwatoyosi Owoeye
University of Calgary

Finding ways to help Canadian moms cope with depression

Dr. Simone Vigod
Women’s College Hospital


Helping patients with evidence

Dr. Brian H. Rowe
CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, University of Alberta

Passion: The genesis of genius

Dr. Jason Kindrachuk
University of Manitoba

I have a dream

Dr. Teresa Naseba Marsh
Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Laurentian and Lakehead Universities

My journey as a health researcher: A time for reflection and celebration

Ms. Aimée Dubeau
The Hospital for Sick Children

The heart sees what is invisible to the eye

Terry-Lee Marttinen
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Food for thought

Dr. Nafisa M. Jadavji
Carleton University

Championing child-friendly health policies: Giving children a voice

Dr. Wendy Ungar
The Hospital for Sick Children

New hope for youth coping with depression

Dr. Frank P. MacMaster
University of Calgary

The role of health research on the pathway to reconciliation

Ms. Kaela Anne Schill
Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, Kelowna, B.C.

Transforming a parent’s heartbreak into action

Dr. Emilio Alarcon
University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Patient Navigator

Dr. Simone Dahrouge
University of Ottawa and Bruyère Research Institute


How child maltreatment hurts us all

Dr. Tracie O. Afifi
University of Manitoba

OASIS: A made-in-Ontario asthma monitoring system with big aspirations

Dr. Teresa To
The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute
University of Toronto

When your heart skips a beat

Dr. William McIntyre
McMaster University

Becoming the change we wish to see in the world

Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke
Dalhousie University

Men’s health: Out of the shadows into the spotlight

Dr. John Oliffe
University of British Columbia

Advocating for “hands on” approaches to cancer prevention

Dr. Carolyn Gotay
University of British Columbia

Free to be me, unconditionally

Dr. Colleen Anne Dell
University of Saskatchewan


Demystifying health, empowering patients

Dr. Holly Witteman
Laval University

The protective power of breast milk

Dr. Meghan Azad
University of Manitoba

When our DNA mutates, cancer can be the result

Dr. Mani Larijani
Memorial University of Newfoundland

A window on the circuitry of the brain

Dr. Kurt Haas
University of British Columbia

Helping young brains recover from concussion

Dr. Roger Zemek
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute

The far-reaching effects of bullying

Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt
University of Ottawa

Why some kids get asthma and others don’t

Dr. Stuart Turvey
University of British Columbia

Developing a molecule to help people with allergies breathe easier

Dr. Christine McCusker
Montreal Children’s Hospital

Extending the lives of people with cystic fibrosis

Dr. Christine Bear
Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)


Dr. Christine Chambers
Dalhousie University

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