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Setting the Standards in Research


Meghan Azad calls breastmilk "the ultimate personalized medicine" in a UM Today article.

Check out UM Today's article to learn why. 


Meghan Azad is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in the Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease (DOHaD) and DEVOTION's population pillar co-lead. Meghan's work within the DEVOTION Network, the CHILD study, and breastfeeding has been invaluable to understanding DOHaD and improving maternal and child health.  


Dr. Laetitia Guillemette

A big congratulations to DEVOTION trainee, Dr. Laetitia Guillemette for defending and graduating with a PhD in Applied Health Sciences. Her thesis was focused on the "Impact of Intrauterine Exposure to Diabetes and Social Determinants of Health on Offspring Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Youth and Early Adulthood". Laetitia's advisor was Dr. Jon McGavock. We will miss you here at CHRIM, Laetitia!  

New Canada Research Chair

Meghan Azad

A big congratulations to DEVOTION population pillar co-lead, Meghan Azad, for becoming a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in the Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease (DOHaD). Meghan's work within the DEVOTION Network, the CHILD study, and breastfeeding has been invaluable to understanding DOHaD and improving maternal and child health.  More information can be found here.  

Knowledge Translation Education

Upcoming KT Learning Series for Trainees

Beginning this June, the DEVOTION Network will be offering a Knowledge Translation education series for trainees. This will include topics related to basic tools for graphic design, tips for partnering with industry and identifying your audience beyond academia. The schedule can be accessed here. For more information, please contact Leanne, Knowledge Exchange Coordinator for DEVOTION, here

Other events:

June 5, 2018- Dr. Ravi Retnakran presents "Glucose Tolerance in Pregnancy: A Window to the Future Risk of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in Young Women". 11-12pm in Apotex 164. 

June 15, 2018- Fellowship Funding Review Workshop: Key Elements of a Successful Fellowship Funding Application. 12-1 pm, 500 JBRC.


June 19, 2018- Knowledge Translation 101 for Trainees: Learn the Fundamentals of Knowledge Translation in the world of Health Research. 12-1 pm, 500 JBRC.  

September 21, 2018- Pat Gregory,  Maureen Heaman, Helga Bryant and Rhonda Campbell will present "Factors Associated with Inadequate Prenatal Care among Women in Northern Manitoba- Preliminary results and potential implications for policy" at CHRIM & DEVOTION Rounds. 12-1 pm in JBRC 500. A light lunch will be served. 


October 2-4, 2018- 14th Annual Child Health Research Days (CHRD) "Protecting the Future: How the Environment Impacts Child Health". Canadian Museum of Human Rights.  


Laetitia Guillemette

Congratulations to Laetitia Guillemette for her recent accomplishments: 

Laetitia received 1st prize for Oral presentation at the Applied Health Sciences 10th Annual Research Day for her presentation: “Intrauterine exposure to diabetes, risk of cardiovascular disease, and social determinants of health: Insight from a 35 years longitudinal population-based study in Manitoba”


Laetitia was awarded a CIHR Post-doctoral fellowship for her proposed project “Social, behavioral and biological determinants of dysmetabolism among Canadian children and adolescents with obesity” with PI Dr. Katherine Morrison at McMaster University ($40, 000/year for 2 years). 

Laetitia was successful in obtaining a Fonds de Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRQS – Québec’s provincial health research funding agency) post-doctoral fellowship for the same project ($45,000/year for 2 years), and has been ranked 3rd in her committee! 

She also received the McMaster Michael DeGroote Post-Doctoral Fellowship for the project “Social, behavioral and biological determinants of dysmetabolism among Canadian children and adolescents with obesity” with PI Dr. Katherine Morrison at McMaster University ($50,000).

Laetitia is currently PhD student with Dr. Jon McGavock. 

Terry G. Falconer Memorial Rh Institute Emerging Researcher Award

Nathan Nickel

Congratulations to Dr. Nathan Nickel for being a recipient of the 2017 Terry G. Falconer Memorial Rh Institute Foundation Emerging Researcher Award. A ceremony and reception will be taking place on April 10th from 7-9 pm at Robert Schultz Lecture Theatre, St. Johns College, 92 Dysart Road. All are welcome to attend. Free admission.


CTV Winnipeg Medical Watch

Check out CTV Winnipeg's Medical Watch on the results of the CHILD Study around the impact of exclusive breastfeeding during the first few days of life. Findings show that newborns breastfed in hospital after birth were on average breastfed for 11 months. Watch the full clip here. The study, entitled "Exclusive breastfeeding in hospital predicts longer breastfeeding duration in Canada: Implications for health equity" can also be accessed here.

Dr. Andrew Halayko

American Thoracic Society Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Halayko on recently becoming an American Thoracic Society (ATS) Fellow. The mission of ATS is to improve health worldwide by advancing research, clinical care, and public health in respiratory disease, critical illness, and sleep disorders. For more information on the American Thoracic Society, please visit their website

Patient Advisory Groups in Diabetes Research- iCARE

Q and A with iCARE co-chair Jackie McKee 

 Jackie McKee, an advisor and co-chair for the iCARE cohort study, was recently featured on Knowledge Nudge (a site devoted to Knowledge Translation, and Patient Engagement). To learn more about her experience within diabetes research, please read the full blog here

Video Highlight on HCEO

Dr. Meghan Azad 

Dr. Meghan Azad was recently featured on Human Capital and Economic Opportunity (HCEO) Global Working Group on her work studying the Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease in Children! Click here to see the full interview. 

Welcome new staff member  

Natalie Rodriguez 

Introducing the newest DEVOTION staff member, Natalie Rodriguez! Natalie comes from the University of Manitoba department of Surgery (section of Neurosurgery Pediatric Orthopedics, and Surgery Education). Come and say hi in our new office in JBRC 501B!

CHILD study celebrates 5 years!  

Celebrating families and successes in asthma/allergy research

The CHILD study recently celebrated their 5 year anniversary with a celebration and information session for families involved in the study. Over 150 people showed up (during a snow storm!) to join the research team for discussion, cake, prizes and conversation. Congratuations to the CHILD team and all families involved!    

CIHR-IHDCYH Video Talks Competition 2017

Vote for the iCARE video!

iCARE is a contender is the 2017 CIHR-IHDCYH Video Talks Competition! The video, entitled "The realities of living with type 2 diabetes: fact and fallacies" highlights shame, stigma and misconceptions youth living with T2D can feel. Vote by 'liking' the video on the CIHR youtube channel.


Q & A Blog Post with Shayna Quoquat

Shayna Quoquat, a youth advisor for the iCARE cohort study, was recently featured on Knowledge Nudge (a site devoted to Knowledge Translation, and Patient Engagement). To learn more about her experience as a youth advisor within diabetes research, please read the full blog here. To read a Q and A with Dr. Brandy Wicklow about the iCARE patient advisory group, read here


Dr. Tracey Galloway & Dr. Deborah Sloboda

Guest Speakers Dr. Tracey Galloway and Dr. Deborah Sloboda will be speaking at the next DEVOTION + CHRIM Research Round on Wednesday, November 15th from 11:00 - 12:00 pm in Frederick Gaspard Theatre (Theatre A). A light lunch will be served afterwards in the atrium. 


Strategic Plan 2017-2020

This September, the Strategic Plan (2017-2020) was shared at the DEVOTION Network's first general meeting. More information and the strategic plan can be accessed here. 

Partners in Inner-City Integrated
Prenatal Care (PIIPC)

Final Evaluation Report 

Congratulations to Dr. Maureen Heaman and her team for completing the Partners in Inner-City Integrated Prenatal Care (PIIPC) final evaluation report. More information about this report can be accessed here

DEVOTION research highlight

CIHR Celebrates Canada 150

The work of the DEVOTION Network and DEVOTION member Dr. Neeloffer Mookherjee was recently highlighted in CIHR Celebrates Canada 150 "Celebrating Health Research".  Check out their website to learn more about the work of other great research currently happening in Manitoba!

Abstract submission 

Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting 2018

Abstracts are now being accepted for the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting 2018. Please visit here for the abstract submission system and guidelines, and click here to register to the Meeting. 


Over $1M from HSFC and CIHR

Congratulations to Dr. Jon McGavock for receiving the following grants from HSFC and CIHR -


HSFC ($220,000) Operating grant 2017-2020 – If you build it, will they come?...and live longer? Urban trail expansion and cardiovascular health outcomes in Winnipeg.


CIHR ($100,000) Bridge grant 2017-2018 – If you build it, will they come?...and live longer? Urban trail expansion and cardiovascular health outcomes in Winnipeg.


CIHR ($997,682) Indigenous Mentorship Network 2017-2022 - PI= Josee Lavoie; The Prairie Indigenous Knowledge Exchange Network (PIKE-Net)

CIHR ($24,999) SPOR Collaboration Grant 2017-2018 – PI = Marie Claude Tremblay; Plateforme stratégique pour faciliter l'engagement dans la recherche de patients autochtones vivant avec le diabète (translation: Strategic platform to facilitate engagement in research by francophone Indigenous peoples living with diabetes)


Award recipients - Research Manitoba Health Research Competition

Congratulations to our PIs and trainees who received awards at this year's Research Manitoba Health Research Competition.


Dr. Saeid Ghavami

Prasson Agarwal

Stephanie Kereliuk

Elizabeth Wall-Wieler

Gabriel Brawerman

Matthew Martens

Shirin Moossavi

A full list of the award recipients can be found here.


CIHR Doctoral Research Award


Allen Rouse Basic Science Career Development Research Award

Congratulations to Laetitia Guillemette for winning a CIHR Doctoral Research Award for 3 years ($35,000/year) for her PhD thesis entitled “Impact of exposure to diabetes in pregnancy on offspring cardiovascular disease risk in adolescence and early adulthood”. Laetitia is supervised by Drs. Jonathan McGavock and  Todd Duhamel. 

Congratulations to Dr. Vern DolinskyHis work in gestational diabetes has earned him the Allen Rouse Basic Science Career Development Research Award from the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF). The Clinical Research Professorship award is valued at $170,000. A $20,000 grant-in-aid during the first year of the appointment has also been awarded. For details, please click here.


CIHR and IHDCYH award

Congratulations to Dr. Meghan AzadA multi-institutional CHILD Study research team involving the University of Manitoba and the University of Calgary has been awarded $75,000 by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), to investigate how consuming artificial sweeteners during pregnancy influences infant weight gain. Details of the award can be found here, and you can watch the CHILD Study video here.


CIHR and IHDCYH award

Congratulations to Dr. Celia Rodd and her team for the $75,000 CIHR and IHDCYH award to investigate the efficacy of Manitoba’s insulin pump program for children with Type 1 Diabetes mellitus (TIDM), which is a common chronic disease in children requiring daily insulin injections, and Canada has one of the world’s highest rates of T1DM. Dr. Rodd, a DEVOTION member, and her team will work in collaboration with researchers in Quebec to assess which families are obtaining insulin pumps through its pump program, what the control is, and if children using the pump have a different rate of hospitalizations. Since Quebec has a more comprehensive plan to financially support families, the team will also compare these outcomes across both provinces. The findings will be shared across the country with the aim to optimize outcomes for children with TIDM across Canada.

Top cited papers

James (Jim) Davie

Congratulations to Jim Davie, whose 2006 paper in Molecular Biology is among the top cited papers published that year, becoming a “Classic”. Classic papers are highly-cited papers in their area of research that have stood the test of time. For each area, Google Scholar lists the ten most-cited articles that were published ten years earlier. Read Jim's paper here.


2017 Alan Ross Award recipient

Congratulations to Dr. Heather Dean for being recognized by the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) for her accomplishments. Dr. Dean is the recipient of the 2017 Alan Ross Award, the most prestigious award given by the CPS in recognition of excellence in the field of pediatric research, education, healthcare and advocacy. Dr. Dean was recognized on Wednesday, May 31st at the CPS Annual General Meeting in Vancouver. Dr. Dean's vision contributed to the DREAM theme and the DEVOTION Network.  We thank her for years of dedication and service to the children of Manitoba.  

New Project Grant

$424,575 from CIHR​

Congratulations to Dr. Garry Shen for receiving a 3 year grant from CIHR for his project entitled "Promotion of breastfeeding for preventing type 2 diabetes and obesity in First Nations mothers and children in communities".  Other DEVOTION members involved in this project include Rhonda Campbell, Jonathan McGavock, Margaret Morris, Nathan Nickel, Wanda Phillips-Beck, Elizabeth Sellers and Brandy Wicklow.

CRC Chair Renewal

Chair in Chronic Lung Disease Pathology and Treatment

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Halayko to the renewal of his Chair in Chronic Lung Disease Pathology and Treatment. This Chair’s research will support the identification of unique markers of lung disease and the development of new therapies for chronic lung diseases, such as asthma. Asthma is the primary reason children attend emergency rooms, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – called COPD or emphysema – is becoming the fourth leading cause of death globally. Current therapies are not effective for all patients, nor do they reverse disease. As Chair, Andrew Halayko’s research is uncovering the molecular and cellular basis of asthma pathobiology, and he uses this information to identify new treatments.

New Grant

$675,000 from CIHR​

Congratulations to Robert Schroth and his co-PIs, Rhonda Campbell and Frances Chartrand for receiving a 3 year grant from CIHR for their project entitled “Scaling up the Healthy Smile Happy Child initiative: tailoring and enhancing a community development approach to improve early childhood oral health for First Nations and Metis children”.  The intent of our multidisciplinary Implementation Research Team (IRT) is to work with First Nations and Metis partners in the spirit of Reconciliation to strengthen the effectiveness and scalability of a community development approach promoting early childhood oral health (ECOH) to prevent early childhood caries (ECC). The Healthy Smile Happy Child (HSHC) initiative has relied on community development principles to promote ECOH and prevent ECC in Manitoba. Our First Nations and Metis team members and stakeholders will guide the tailoring and enhancements of this promising intervention to improve the oral health and well-being of young First Nations and Metis children.

New Grant

$287,702 from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Congratulations to Dr. Vern Dolinsky's new funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada for his project entitled “Regulation of cardiac mitochondrial homeostasis in heart failure by SIRT3.” Current heart failure therapies are focused on treating the symptoms of heart failure and not the underlying causes of the disease. His work will address some of the fundamental questions about the pathological processes involved in heart failure and whether targeting SIRT3 to increase cardiac energy production and reduce reactive oxygen species levels is a viable treatment of heart failure. 

New Operating Grant

$298,366 from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Congratulations to Dr. Grant Hatch as the recipient of a $298,366 Operating Grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada for his project entitled “Regulation of cardiolipin biosynthesis in the heart” from 2017 to 2020.


Manuscript accepted

Congratulations to Laetitia Guillemette for her DEVOTION-related manuscript, titled "Intensive gestational glycemic management and childhood obesity: A systematic review and meta-analysis", has been accepted by the International Journal of Obesity. Laetitia is a PhD Candidate in Applied Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan McGavock and Dr. Todd Duhamel. The manuscript can be accessed here. Dr. McGavock and Dr. Brandy Wicklow are the two other authors that are part of the DEVOTION network. 

New Grants

Primary and integrated health care grants awarded to MB researchers

Two research grants have been awarded to research teams led by University of Manitoba researchers with the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI). The grants, awarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Pan-Canadian SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Healthcare Innovations, total more than $275,000. Additional partnership funding is being provided by Research Manitoba. Bhupendrasinh Chauhan, a research associate with CHI Knowledge Synthesis and an assistant professor in the U of M, received a $25,000 grant for the project, “Interventions and Policies Influencing Primary Healthcare Professionals Managing Chronic Diseases: An Evidence Synthesis”. Bhupendrasinh is also involved with the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba’s Biology of Breathing network. Please click here for the full article.

Brittany Moyce

Gradzette interview

Her passion in research

Brittany L. Moyce, a third year PhD student, is part of the Dolinsky Lab at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. She was recently interviewed by Gradzette and she talked about her research project which focuses on the effect of adiponectin, a fat tissue-derived hormone demonstrated to improve insulin sensitivity, on gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).  View the full article here.

Drs. Adrian West and Joe Gordon

CFI Grant

Cutting-edge infrastructure for our researchers

Congratulations to Drs. Adrian West and Joe Gordon, two recipients of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) infrastructure grant from the Government of Canada. The funding will be used to purchase a 3D Bioprinter and Tissue analysis platform. For more information, click here.


DEVOTION 2016 Annual Report

DEVOTION 2016 Annual Report – The DEVOTION Network is pleased to present it’s first progress report. The reports can be found via here.


Health Benefits of Investing in Early Childhood

DEVOTION Early Childhood Review – The DEVOTION Network has created a summary of the importance and benefits of investing in early childhood. The report can be found via here.

Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg

Medal of Honour

Congratulations to Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg for being recognized by The Rx&D Health Research Foundation (HRF) for her accomplishments with the Medal of Honour.


Dr. Rockman-Greenberg knew that she would pursue an academic medical career when she was still a medical student. Over her career Dr. Rockman-Greenberg served as Director of the Metabolic Service in the Program of Genetics and Metabolism, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Medical Director of the Child Health program, WRHA, and Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba, from 2004-2014. She is currently working with the Metabolic Disorders Clinical Trials Research team that she helped develop.


Her research has focused on the identification of the molecular basis for genetic disorders that are over-represented in Manitoba’s unique populations.  Subsequently, in direct collaboration with community leaders, she and her colleagues have translated research discoveries into relevant patient care programs including the development of new diagnostic tests, expanded newborn screening programs and carrier testing initiatives. Most recently she has been the principal investigator for Canada of an industry-sponsored clinical trial of a new drug called asfotase alfa for the treatment of a rare metabolic bone disorder called hypophosphatasia which has dramatically changed its natural history from an untreatable disorder to one that is now treatable. Over the course of her esteemed career, Dr. Rockman-Greenberg has received a variety of awards including being named to the 2012 list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100, in the Trailblazers and Trendsetters category.

Dr. Andrew Halayko

Awards of Distinction

Setting the Standard for Scientific Research

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Halayko on his induction into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences at the 2016 CAHS Forum in September 2016.  Fellows are elected to the Academy by their peers nationally and internationally for their contributions to the promotion of health science.  CAHS recognizes those who are marked by a record of substantial accomplishment, have demonstrated leadership, creativity, distinctive competencies and a commitment to advance academic health science. 


Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Halayko, Leader of the Biology of Breathing Theme and co-Lead of the DEVOTION cluster, for his selection to receive the 2016 American Thoracic Society Joseph R. Rodarte Award for Scientific Distinction. The award was established by the Respiratory Structure Function Assembly in recognition of outstanding international scientific achievement in respiratory physiology and pulmonary medicine, based on invaluable contributions to the scientific and medical communities. Dr. Halayko received this award for his contributions in understanding the roles of structural cells of the lung in airway pathobiology in obstructive lung diseases, as well as his leadership in research, career development and education with the American Thoracic Society.

Dr. Jon McGavock

2016 Canadian Diabetes Association Award
New Network Launched to Address Diabetes Complications

Congratulations to Dr. Jon McGavock, Leader of the Diabetes Research Envisioned & Accomplished in Manitoba Theme and co-Lead of the DEVOTION cluster, for his selection to receive the 2016 Canadian Diabetes Association Frederick G. Banting Award.  The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual or group that has significantly contributed to preventing diabetes and chronic diseases and to improving the life of individuals affected by diabetes nationwide. 

New Network Launched to Address Diabetes Complications - Dr. Jon McGavock is a member of a new Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Diabetes and Related Complications launched in March 2016.  A focus for the network will be the impact diabetes has on vulnerable groups, including Indigenous peoples, immigrants, women and lower socio-economic groups.  See their website for more information http://diabetesaction.ca/ .