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.


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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