uOttawa Faculty of Medicine announces $40M investment in 58 clinical research chairs

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2020

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The top-performing clinician-scientists of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine will drive clinical research excellence to enhance health and patient care.

The University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine has awarded 58 clinical research chairs to top clinician-scientists in a five-year, $40 million investment to drive clinical research excellence and enhance health and patient care.

The University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine Clinical Research Chairs span four categories—Distinguished, Tier 1, Tier 2 and Junior—and represent a wide range of departments and medical specializations (see below for a full list of recipients). The program has expanded to include additional chairs in keeping with the direction set by the Faculty’s Strategic Plan, Leading Innovation for a Healthier World, including recognition of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), a top priority for the Faculty of Medicine.

“The Clinical Research Chairs Program has allowed the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine to foster some of our top-performing clinician-scientists across the Faculty,” said Dr. Jocelyn Côté, vice-dean of research at the Faculty of Medicine. “It has been received with great enthusiasm.”

The uOttawa Faculty of Medicine Clinical Research Chairs Program was launched in 2010, aiming to support excellence in clinical research with an ultimate view to improve health and/or patient care. The first iteration of the program included two categories of awards, Tier 1 and Tier 2, mirroring the Canada Research Chair program. The categories provide $200,000 and $100,000 per year respectively for five years, with the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine contributing 30%, and the respective clinical department 70%, of these sums.

In 2015 the program grew from five to nine Tier 1 chairs and from seven to 13 Tier 2 chairs, and expanded to create 12 Junior Clinical Research Chairs. The latter recognizes the Faculty’s commitment to supporting and promoting its early career investigators, providing $80,000 annually to newly recruited faculty members in each of the Faculty’s 12 clinical departments.

This year’s competition was launched in early 2020 for new and renewal applications, along with the creation of a new Distinguished Clinical Research Chair tier. The selection committee received an unprecedented number of outstanding applications.

“The Faculty continues to uphold its dedication to the emerging and continuing success of our outstanding clinical researchers,” Dr. Côté said.

 

DISTINGUISHED CLINICAL RESEARCH CHAIRS
Dr. Shawn Aaron Department of Medicine Chair in Obstructive Lung Disease
Dr. Rob Beanlands Department of Medicine Chair in Cardiac Imaging
Dr. Bill Cameron Department of Medicine Chair in Infection and Immunity
Dr. Greg Knoll Department of Medicine Chair in Clinical Transplantation Research
Dr. David Mack Department of Pediatrics Chair in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Dr. Alex MacKenzie Department of Pediatrics Chair in Neurologic Rare Disease Therapeutics
Dr. Ian Stiell Department of Emergency Medicine Chair in Improving Care for Patients with Acute Cardiac Conditions
Dr. Phil Wells Department of Medicine Chair in Translational and AI Research in Venous Thromboembolic Diseases

 

TIER 1 CLINICAL RESEARCH CHAIRS
Dr. Gonzalo Alvarez Department of Medicine Chair in Prevention of Tuberculosis in Indigenous Communities
Dr. Jonathan Angel Department of Medicine Chair in HIV Cure Research
Dr. Rebecca Auer Department of Surgery Chair in Perioperative Cancer Therapeutics
Dr. David Birnie Department of Medicine Chair in Cardiac Arrhythmia Research
Dr. Marc Carrier Department of Medicine Chair in Venous Thromboembolism and Cancer
Dr. Darryl Davis Department of Medicine Chair in Translational Cardiovascular Medicine
Dr. Dar Dowlatshahi Department of Medicine Chair in Patient Oriented Cerebrovascular Disease Research
Dr. Grégoire Le Gal Department of Medicine Chair in Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism
Dr. Doug Manuel Department of Family Medicine Chair in Precision Medicine for Chronic Disease Prevention
Dr. Lisa Mielniczuk Department of Medicine Chair in Heart Function
Dr. Smita Pakhalé Department of Medicine Chair in Equity and Patient Engagement in Vulnerable Populations
Dr. Amy Plint Department of Pediatrics Chair in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Dr. Michael Schlossmacher Department of Medicine Chair in Neurodegeneration
Dr. Andrew Seely Department of Surgery Chair in Innovative Use of Clinical Data to Monitor Systems and Improve Patient Care
Dr. Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy Department of Emergency Medicine Chair in Cardiovascular Emergencies
Dr. Christian Vaillancourt Department of Emergency Medicine Chair in Emergency Heart and Brain Resuscitation
Dr. Leanne Ward Department of Pediatrics Chair in Pediatric Bone Health
Dr. Kumanan Wilson Department of Medicine Chair in Digital Health Innovation
Dr. Roger Zemek Department of Pediatrics Chair in Pediatric Concussion (Brain and Mind)

 

TIER 2 CLINICAL RESEARCH CHAIRS
Dr. Angel Arnaout Department of Surgery Chair in Preoperative Cancer Therapeutics
Dr. Sibel Aydin Department of Medicine Chair in Inflammatory Arthritis
Dr. Sylvain Boet Department of Anesthesiology Chair in Perioperative Patient Safety
Dr. Lana Castellucci Department of Medicine Chair in Thrombosis and Anticoagulation Safety
Dr. Innie Chen Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Chair in Population Health and Health Services for Women
Dr. Sharon Chih Department of Medicine Chair in Cardiac Transplantation
Dr. James Downar Department of Medicine Chair in Palliative and End of Life Care
Dr. David Dyment Department of Pediatrics Chair in Epilepsy Genetics
Dr. Susan Humphrey-Murto Department of Medicine Chair in Medical Education
Dr. Natasha Kekre Department of Medicine Chair in Cellular Immunotherapy
Dr. Claire Kendall Department of Family Medicine Chair in Strengthening Primary Care for Integrated Health Equity
Dr. Daniel McIsaac Department of Anesthesiology Chair in Innovative Perioperative Care
Dr. Hugh McMillan Department of Pediatrics Chair in Advanced Therapeutics in Neuromuscular Disease
Dr. Tiago Mestre Department of Medicine Chair in Parkinson’s Disease
Dr. Sanjay Murthy Department of Medicine Chair in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Dr. Mark Norris Department of Pediatrics Chair in Eating Disorders
Dr. Louise Sun Department of Anesthesiology Chair in Big Data and Cardiovascular Outcomes Research
Dr. Peter Tanuseputro Department of Medicine Chair in Palliative Care and Predictive Analytics
Dr. Jodi Warman Chardon Department of Medicine Chair in Diagnosis and Discovery Pipeline for Patients with Genetic Neuromuscular Disease

 

JUNIOR CLINICAL RESEARCH CHAIRS
Dr. Lisa Caulley Department of Otolaryngology Chair in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Dr. Angela Cheung Department of Medicine Chair in Precision Medicine in Autoimmune Liver Disease
Dr. Debra Eagles Department of Emergency Medicine Chair in Geriatric Emergency Medicine
Dr. Darine El-Chaâr Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Chair in Perinatal Research and Epidemiology
Dr. Rustum Karanjia Department of Ophthalmology Chair in Neuro-ophthalmology
Dr. Manoj Lalu Department of Anesthesiology Chair in Innovative Translational Research
Dr. Luke Lavallée Department of Surgery Chair in Surgery
Dr. Derek MacFadden Department of Medicine Chair in Antibiotic Use and Antibiotic Resistance
Dr. Kamila Premji Department of Family Medicine Chair in Family Medicine
Dr. Marie-Eve Robinson Department of Pediatrics Chair in Genetic Skeletal Disorders
Dr. Krishan Yadav Department of Emergency Medicine Chair in Skin and Soft Tissue Infections
Dr. Naista Zhand Department of Psychiatry Chair in Schizophrenia

 

Photo of Dr. Lisa Caulley

Dr. Lisa Caulley, Junior Clinical Research Chair

Photo of Dr. Darin​e El-Chaâr

Dr. Darin​e El-Chaâr, Junior Clinical Research Chair

Photo of Dr. Manoj Lalu

Dr. Manoj Lalu, Junior Clinical Research Chair

Photo of Dr. Luke Lavallée

Dr. Luke Lavallée, Junior Clinical Research Chair

Photo of Dr. Kamila Premji

Dr. Kamila Premji, Junior Clinical Research Chair

Photo of Dr. Marie-Eve Robinson

Dr. Marie-Eve Robinson, Junior Clinical Research Chair

Photo of Dr. Naista Zhand

Dr. Naista Zhand, Junior Clinical Research Chair

 

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