One million dollars from the donation has been directed toward the establishment of a fund for leading-edge medical research. Five recipients have been selected for the first round of funding.
The competition was open to regular full-time faculty members with a primary appointment to a Basic Science Department at the Faculty of Medicine.
The criteria for the selection of recipients was based on the quality of their proposed research program; the relevance of the program to strategic priorities; the feasibility and likelihood of the program; the alignment of the program with equity, diversity and inclusion principles; and the excellence of the nominee.
Here is the list of the recipients:
- Dr. Ian Colman, professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, will use the funds to undertake research in Intersectional Mental Health Epidemiology. Since Dr. Colman’s first academic appointment in 2007, he has been leading a research team to investigate potential causes and outcomes of mental illness and suicidality. This award will enable Dr. Colman to better understand the impacts of mental illness on marginalized and stigmatized populations and address their barriers to mental healthcare.
- Dr. Meghan McConnell, associate professor in the Department of Innovation in Medical Education, will use the funds to undertake research in Medical Education. Dr. McConnell runs a research program that uses a range of methodological approaches to investigate the influence of emotions and wellbeing in the training, assessment and performance of healthcare professionals. This award will enable Dr. McConnell to determine the influence of emotions on teamwork within the operating room (OR).
- Dr. Jean-Claude Béïque, associate professor in the Brain and Mind Institute, will use the funds to undertake research in Synaptic and Network Dynamics. Dr. Béïque has been the director of the Neuroscience program at the Faculty of Medicine since 2019. This award will enable Dr. Béïque to better address and determine treatment for several cognitive and intellectual deficits associated with several psychiatric and neurological disorders.
- Dr. Marc-André Langlois, professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology and Executive Director of the Coronavirus Variant Rapid Response Network (CoVaRR-Net), will use the funds to undertake research in Pandemic Viruses and Preparedness Research. This award will enable Dr. Langlois to develop innovative approaches to vaccination to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.
- Dr. Morgan Fullerton, associate professor of the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology and director of Flow Cytometry and Virometry Core, will use the funds to undertake research in Cardiovascular ImmunometabolismThe Fullerton laboratory has an extensive network of local, national and international basic science and clinical collaborators and has carved a niche in cardiovascular immunometabolism. This award will enable Dr. Fullerton to study arterial plaque formation, with the objective to better prevent and treat cardiovascular disease.