December 2, 2010
Dr. Marie-Claude Gregoire finalist for regional health and wellness award
The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce that Dr. Marie-Claude Gregoire was named a finalist
for the Health and Wellness Category of FUSION Halifax's GO Awards. FUSION Halifax is a local non-profit
organization that promotes networking, engagement and advocacy in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
The Health and Wellness category in which Dr. Gregoire was nominated celebrates a Halifax resident who
"motivates, engage and represent overall health and wellness".
Dr. Gregoire exhibits all of those characteristics and more.
Dr. Gregoire, a Palliative Care clinician and researcher, has been a welcome addition to the
department since joining in 2009. Blending her professional expertise with her personal passion
for athletics and fitness, Dr. Gregoire is involved in several health and fitness related
organizations including being the founding member of Cardiac Cycle Society of Nova Scotia
and membership in the Association of Doctors for Advancing Physically-Active Transportation.
Along with advocating for health and wellness, Dr. Gregoire leads by example.
When not commuting to work by bicycle, she can often be found running marathons
and completing triathlons.
Congratulations to Dr. Gregoire on this latest achievement. Improving an important determinate
of health, such as an active lifestyle, is key to improving the overall health and well being of
December 2, 2010
Dr. Andrew Issekutz authored most cited article
Dr. Andrew Issekutz - no stranger to accolades over a long industrious career - has been
recognized by Elsevier Press as the author of the Top-10 most cited articles published in the
journal of International Immunopharmacology during 2008-2010. Co-authored with his then research
technician K. Sapru (now M.D.), ""Modulation of adjuvant arthritis in the rat by 2-methoxyestradiol:
An effect independent of an anti-angiogenic action", has been widely recognized by peers as having
lasting scientific implications.
Before joining the department in 1979, Dr. Issekutz, received his M.D. from Dalhousie University
and proceeded to do postgraduate training in pediatrics followed by sub-specialty clinical and
research training in immunology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Dr. Issekutz's years of research has focused on the "mechanisms of immune mediated inflammation,
especially as it relates to activation and recruitment of neutrophils, monocytes and eosinophils
during bacterial infection, autoimmune processes, such as arthritis, and lung inflammation due to
allergens, bacterial products and viral infection". Dr. Issekutz, like many clinician-researchers,
make great efforts to translate their research findings into clinical practice; this is of utmost
importance to all patient groups but is especially pertinent amongst those patients and families
who depend on immunology services. With more than 150 different known causes of immune diseases,
research is critical in identification and provision of on-going treatment and care for
The faculty and staff of the Department of Pediatrics would like to congratulate Dr. Issekutz on his
latest award and his many years of clinical and research excellence.
October 20, 2010
Welcome new faculty - Dr. Teresa Pinto
The Division of Endocrinology is pleased to welcome Dr. Teresa Pinto who came
on as an Assistant Professor, Endocrinology (MD) last May.
Dr. Pinto is no stranger to the division. Back in 2002, after graduating from the
Faculty of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, she needed to choose where her
residency would be. Possessed with an adventurous spirit, she decided to visit the
Maritimes-a place she had never been-and arranged to do an elective in the Division
of Endocrinology. She had a wonderful experience and applied for a residency.
Four years of pediatric training later, two years of endocrine training in
Ottawa, and an additional 18-month research stint in New Zealand have landed
Dr. Pinto back in Halifax.
It seems Nova Scotia, or perhaps more accurately, the Department of Endocrinology
has wooed her back. "I loved my residency training and the people I worked with.
Everyone was so supportive and I felt treated as an equal all the way along," says
Dr. Pinto. "It was an ideal work environment."
It seems the good feelings are mutual. "We're excited to have Dr. Teresa Pinto
join the Pediatric Endocrine Division," says division head Dr. Elizabeth Cummings.
"She is a positive person and a highly valued teacher, with excellent clinical
skills and a great sense of humour."
With an interest in obesity research in terms of prevention and management
of complications, Dr. Pinto is still gathering ideas about the type of future
research she will be engaged in. Currently, most of this bilingual doctor's
time is spent in clinical practice, where she sees a lot of patients in both
clinics and on the ward. "It's a busy service, with a diversity of presenting
issues," she says. "You never know what you'll be faced with on a given day
and that makes it interesting." Teaching medical students, residents, and
fellows rounds out her time. "I really enjoy teaching," she says. "It keeps
you on your toes!"
Staying on her toes and remaining active are important to Dr. Pinto's quality of life.
She strives to have a work-life balance and to that end, makes time to travel, stay
active and enjoy time with friends and family.
Welcome aboard Dr. Pinto!
October 20, 2010
Welcome new faculty - Dr. Christy Woolcott
The Perinatal Epidemiology Research Unit (PERU) at Dalhousie, which is affiliated with the
departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics, is pleased to announce that Dr. Christy
Woolcott has joined their ranks as an Assistant Professor.
Born and raised in Oshawa, Dr. Woolcott earned her Masters degree in Community Health and
Epidemiology at Queens University. After working for a couple of years as a Research Associate,
she then entered the Ph.D. program at the University of Calgary and graduated in 2007 with a
degree in Community Health Sciences (Epidemiology). Her next three years were spent doing a
post doctoral fellowship in Hawaii, although being in a windowless office, she missed out on
much of the sunshine!
It was a posting in an epidemiology newsletter that alerted her to the position with PERU
at Dalhousie. She knew Dr. Linda Dodds by reputation as a great epidemiologist and had in fact
co-authored a paper with her many years ago.
"We are very excited to have Christy join us," says PERU Director Dr. Linda Dodds.
"She has a very strong background in epidemiology methods and biostatistics that have
already proved very helpful with the teaching activities of our Unit. She is very quickly
getting oriented to perinatal and pediatric epidemiology issues and is in the process of
developing an interesting research agenda."
Although the bulk of her work has been within the cancer field, Dr. Woolcott is finding
similarities between cancer and perinatal research. "This is a new area for me and I'm still
trying to find my footing," says Dr. Woolcott, "but there is certainly carry-over in terms of
content areas and behavioural risk factors." These risk factors include physical activity and
obesity, which have a bearing within the perinatal field as well.
She is currently mulling over other ways to bring the two areas together. Dr. Woolcott is very
interested in how pregnancy may affect maternal breast cancer risk. "The impact of a woman
getting an aggressive breast cancer diagnosis just after having a child is devastating,"
she says. "I'd like to research pregnancy-associated breast cancer and perhaps ascertain
who could be at a higher risk."
Fortunate to begin her position at PERU during the summer months, Dr. Woolcott is now
adjusting to the cooler temperatures of Halifax. "It's definitely colder than Hawaii, but
not colder than Calgary!" In tune with her research, the newest member of PERU is taking
time to be active by jogging. She may also take up rowing when the weather turns warm again.
Congratulations and welcome, Dr. Woolcott!
October 20, 2010
Dr. Andrew Stadnyk receives Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada accolade
The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Stadnyk has won the Crohn's
and Colitis Foundation of Canada's (CCFC) 2010 Research Leadership Award. The award celebrates Dr.
Stadnyk's exemplary leadership contribution to the CCFC's mission to find the cure for Inflammatory
Bowel Disease (IBD). As stated by the CCFC:
"The Research Leadership Award honours a researcher who, in the opinion of his peers, makes an
exceptional contribution to the research program of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada
(CCFC). The individual receiving the Research Leadership Award has participated in the development
and delivery of CCFC research programs by his or her involvement in the IBD Research Institute and
the promotion of IBD research in Canada. In addition, the recipient has taken an active leadership
role in furthering the CCFC's mission".
Dr. Stadnyk - a Professor in Pediatrics and Microbiology and Immunology - has made significant
contributions to research and teaching since joining the department in 1990. He has authored
several publications in the leading academic journals of his field and has mentored numerous
undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students both in his lab and the classroom. As a
long-time IBD researcher, Dr. Stadnyk has established himself as a leading expert. His research
interests include the mechanisms of IBD, the role of intestinal epithelial cells in colitis, and
the links between chronic colitis and colon carcinoma.
The Department of Pediatrics is honoured to have Dr. Stadnyk as a faculty member and
congratulates him on receiving this latest award.
September 27, 2010
Dr. Robert Bortolussi recognized by CPS for leadership qualities during H1N1 Pandemic
The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Bortolussi has received
the Canadian Pediatric Society's (CPS) 2010 Membership Recognition Award for his exceptional
leadership during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. The award, created in 2005, recognizes one
CPS member annually for "an outstanding contribution" to the organization. With over a hundred
participating volunteers annually, the award has been won by only a select few CPS members.
Dr. Bortolussi, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist and former Vice President of
Research at the IWK Health Centre (1991-2006), has contributed greatly to the health outcomes
of children since joining the department in 1978. Along with his outstanding leadership during
the H1N1 pandemic, Dr. Bortolussi continues to provide direction to the CIHR's Clinician
Scientists Program and the AIDS treatment program at the IWK. Dr Bortolussi, a renowned
clinician-scientist, has published over 100 original articles on infection and newborn
host defense and over 20 chapters on this subject in textbooks including "Infectious Diseases"
by Cohen and Powderly, "Current Pediatric Therapy", "The Red Book", and "Pediatric Infectious
Diseases". In 2005, Dr. Bortolussi was awarded the Sanofi Pasteur Research Award for his
groundbreaking work on the development of innate immunity in the newborn.
Along with Dr. Bortolussi, the 87th CPS Annual Conference provided a venue for other
members of the department to be celebrated. Awards in research for early career success
went to Dr. Christine Chambers and lifetime achievement was awarded to Drs. Peter and
Carol Camfield. The department would like to thank these faculty members for their
continued excellence in teaching, research, and clinical care.
September 1, 2010
Dr. Dodds appointed Director of Perinatal Epidemiology Research Unit
The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce that Dr. Linda Dodds is the new Director
of the Perinatal Epidemiology Research Unit (PERU), effective July 1, 2010. Dr. Dodds is a
Professor in both the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Pediatrics. Her other
duties include being the Director of Research for Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Dr. Dodds brings years of research experience to her new position. Dr. Dodds, since completing
her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto in 1991, has specialized in research topics
related to perinatal health while incorporating population health, longitudinal studies, cohort
studies, biostatistics and environmental exposures.
The outgoing director of PERU, Dr. Alexander Allen, was a tireless clinician-researcher
whose determination led to the initial founding of the unit. Drs. Anthony Armson and Wade
Watson, Heads of the Department of Obstetrics/Gynaecology and Pediatrics, recently
commented on Dr. Allen's legacy, "He was dogged in his determination to get funding
to start the Unit, and was able to make a convincing argument that the formation of
PERU would help facilitate epidemiologic and clinical research studies related to
maternal and newborn health in Nova Scotia". They continue, "Over the course of ten
years, the Unit has become a top perinatal epidemiology research centre in Canada".
The department would like to welcome Dr. Dodds to her new position and thank Dr.
Allen for his many years of service.
September 1, 2010
Dr. Gerri Frager and Ed's Story
Dr. Gerri Frager, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Pediatric Palliative
Care Service, will see her commissioned play, "Ed's Story: the Dragon Chronicles",
premiere at the The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street. The play will be presented
on the following dates:
- Thursday, Sept. 2 - 8:50PM
- Sunday, Sept. 5 - 6:20PM
- Monday, Sept. 6 - 8:00PM
- Friday, Sept. 10 - 6:20PM
- Saturday, Sept. 11 - 7:10PM
The play is a touching true life story of a young man battling bone cancer.
The production is partially funded by the Department of Pediatrics Endowment Fund.
The department would like to encourage all faculty and members of the public to attend.
To hear Dr. Frager's first hand account of how the play came to fruition please visit the
IWK's Foundation website
Tickets for all performances are $7.00 and can be purchased at the door or in advance
that day at the Khyber on Barrington Street. Proceeds will be shared between the IWK
Foundation for the IWK's Pediatric Palliative Care Service and the Canadian Cancer
Society-Nova Scotia Division. For further information please contact Gerri Frager at
email@example.com or 470-7262 or the production manager, Adam Reid, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 15th, 2010
Dr. Krista Jangaard named new Division Head of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce that Dr. Krista Jangaard is the successful
candidate for Head of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and will assume the position
effective July 1, 2010. The department is confident that Krista will be an effective leader of
the division and wish her all the best in assisting it to continue its excellence in both clinical
care and academic endeavours.
The Department of Pediatrics would particularly like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Robin
Whyte, Interim Head of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, for his fine leadership during
the past six months. Robin's willingness to take on this important role is very much appreciated.
Please join the department in welcoming Krista in her new role.
June 15th, 2010
Dr. Jonathan Kronick completes second term as Head and Chief of the Department of Pediatrics
Jonathan Kronick, M.D., Ph.D. and Professor, completed his second term as Head and Chief of the
Department of Pediatrics as of July 1, 2010. Dr. Kronick, a successful clinician, educator, and
researcher, was recruited as chief/ head of the department in 2002 from the University of Western
During his tenure, Dr. Kronick championed several important ideas that advanced the goals of the
department. He furthered many of the department's objectives such as being innovators and collaborators
in comprehensive specialized interdisciplinary health care for children and youth of the Maritimes.
A sample of his many accomplishments includes:
- Provided key leadership in establishing an undergraduate medical education program in New Brunswick that partners with Dalhousie;
- Established a fund to support faculty development that promoted increased research activity;
- Furthered an already highly regarded postgraduate program in pediatrics to new heights;
- Thanks to his leadership and unwavering determination, Dr. Kronick signed a new Alternate Funding Plan agreement with the Nova Scotia Department of Health.
In recent months Dr. Kronick has received many accolades for his years of service. "For department members, students, residents, and colleagues alike, Jonathan is unanimously regarded as a consummate professional of great integrity who leads by example", says IWK CEO Anne McGuire and Dean Tom Marrie. "We thank him for his considerable contributions and look forward to working with him in many other capacities".
The members and staff of the Department of Pediatrics would like to congratulate Dr. Kronick on his numerous achievements as head/chief and look forward to many more years of excellence as he continues his clinical and academic roles at Dalhousie and the IWK.
June 15th, 2010
Dr. Wade Watson named interim Head and Chief of the Department of Pediatrics
The department would like to welcome Dr. Wade Watson as the interim Head and Chief of the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Watson will assume this important leadership role effective July 1, 2010.
Dr. Watson, Professor, M.Ed., Head of the Division of Allergy, has been a member of the Department of Pediatrics since July 2005. Dr. Watson, a renowned clinician and educator, was the winner of the Canadian Pediatric Society's 2009 Michel Weber Education Award.
The department would like to thank Dr. Watson for assuming this leadership role during the current search for a permanent head/chief. Both CEO of the IWK, Anne McGuire, and Dean of the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Tom Marrie, commented on Dr. Watson's leadership abilities during this transitional period: "We thank Dr. Watson for his leadership during this transition and we know he will have the full support of the department and our respective institutions as he moves the Department of Pediatrics forward with its academic and clinical mandate".
The faculty and staff of the Department of Pediatrics would like to welcome Dr. Watson into this new role.
June 15th, 2010
Update on Tanzania Partnership
Dr. John LeBlanc, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Shawna O'Hearn, Director of the Dalhousie
Global Health Office, would like to promote the existing partnership with Dalhousie and
Muhimbili University (Tanzania). Previously, Dr. Leblanc and Ms. O'Hearn visited Tanzania in
February, 2009 and met with government and non-government organizations, presented at Grand Rounds
and renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (originally signed in 2004) between the two
Both Dr. Leblanc and Ms. O'Hearn report that there are tremendous opportunities in teaching
and research for faculty and senior residents involved in this partnership. Those who are
interested in learning more about opportunities are welcome to join meetings scheduled by the
Dalhousie Global Health Office in June, July and August. For those who are unable to
travel to Tanzania (i.e., during sabbatical), discussions and meetings will be taking place
via video conferencing. Please contact Shawna O'Hearn
if you have any questions or would like to become involved.
The next trip to Tanzania is planned for February 2011.
April 15, 2010
Dr. Christine Chambers Awarded CPS Early Career Award
The Canadian Pediatric Society has announced that Dr. Christine Chambers, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics
and Psychology, Canada Research Chair in Pain, is this years winner of the Clinical Psychology Section's
Scientist-Practitioner Early Career Award. The award will be presented at the 87th Annual Conference on
June 3rd, 2-2:55am in the Westminster Suite of the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver.
The members and staff of the Department of Pediatrics would like to congratulate Dr. Chambers on her numerous
achievements (see here).
Dr. Chambers has been the recipient of a number of early career awards from organizations such as the Canadian Pain Society, the
Canadian Psychological Association and the Society for Pediatric Psychology.
April 15, 2010
Drs. Peter and Carol Camfield receive CPS Career Research Award
Recently post-retired faculty, Drs. Peter and Carol Camfield, Division of Neurology, continue to receive
accolades for long and distinguished careers as clinicians and academics. The Canadian Pediatric Society
(CPS) will award Drs. Camfield with a Career Research Award at the 87th Annual Meeting on June 26th, 12:30pm
at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver. Awarded every other year, the Career Research Award is one of the CPS's
most prestigious awards. The award, "recognizes the career of an outstanding and accomplished researcher
working on an aspect of paediatric research in Canada"
March 15, 2010
Welcome New Faculty - Dr. Elizabeth Stringer
Dr. Elizabeth Stringer joined the Rheumatology Division of the Department of Pediatrics in August of 2008.
Although a year and a half has elapsed since she arrived on staff, the division is no less anxious to announce
her appointment as both a staff Pediatric Rheumatologist with the Department of Pediatrics and an Assistant
Professor of Pediatrics with Dalhousie University.
"We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Stringer as a member of our Rheumatology Division. She brings high
quality clinical skills, as well as expertise in research design which she gained during her Masters in
Epidemiology," says Pediatric Rheumatologist and Associate Professor Dr. Bianca Lang. "She is also an
enthusiastic teacher of students at all levels. We are very appreciative of the great effort she recently
put into organizing a very successful 'Education Day' for the parents of children with arthritis followed
in our clinic. This was a very well-attended weekend event which was greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all."
Originally from Fredericton New Brunswick, Dr. Stringer attended medical school at Dalhousie and then
completed her pediatrics residency at the IWK, where she was Chief Resident in her final year. She then
spent three years at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, completed her clinical training in
Pediatric Rheumatology, as well as a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto.
"I'm very happy to be back at Dalhousie and feel so fortunate that a position opened up here," says Dr.
Stringer. "Rheumatology is a challenging and rewarding discipline where treatments are constantly evolving.
It's a very dynamic field at the moment, with a lot of energy and momentum, in terms of trying to understand
these diseases better and improve treatments."
Dr. Stringer is especially excited by the amount of collaborative research with other centres across Canada
and the division's involvement in North American-wide studies. Her research focuses on finding the best treatments
and studying outcomes in Juvenile Dermatomyositis and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and the transition of patients
with rheumatic illness from the pediatric health care system to the adult health care system.
Although Dr. Stringer enjoyed her time in Toronto, working with some of the world experts in rheumatology and
seeing such a huge breadth of rheumatic illness, she is thrilled to be back in Halifax. "The environment here is
small enough to be very personal, but still provide excellent care for children of the Maritimes," she says. "And
for me being able to come back and live and work in the Maritimes is ideal. I have always loved the natural beauty
and people of the Maritimes, and so far have been able to achieve the kind of work-life balance that is important
March 15, 2010
Welcome New Faculty - Dr. Mary Devins
The Pediatric Palliative Care Service is pleased to welcome their second staff physician in six months.
Dr. Mary Devins is not only new to Dalhousie, but to Halifax and Canada as well! Straight from Ireland
and freshly Canadian accredited, Dr. Mary Devins began work in late February and reports receiving a
very warm welcome from co-workers, neighbours, and even strangers on the streets of Halifax!
Dr. Devins' heart was always with children, but it was during her internship in General Surgery in Sligo,
Ireland, that she first encountered the magic of palliative care. "There was a patient with pancreatic cancer
who was in terrible pain and the palliative care team was brought in to see her," says Dr. Devins. "I was
just amazed at the difference they made." When she began working in Pediatrics, she was able to amalgamate
her interest in palliative care with her love of children.
At that time-2003-pediatric palliative care was still a very new specialty with no formal training,
but Dr. Devins lucked into a senior residency with Dr. Richard Hain in Wales. "He was one of the few
consultant physicians in Pediatric Palliative care in the UK," says Dr. Devins. "I had the opportunity
to work with him for two years and it was a wonderful experience."
When the position with the Pediatric Palliative Care Service here came open, Dr. Devins jumped at the
chance, even though it meant moving overseas. "The team here has such a good reputation in the pediatric
palliative care field, so it felt like too good an opportunity to pass up."
According to Dr. Gerri Frager, Medical Director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Service, the sentiments
are quite mutual. "We have had the scope of our professional practice in Pediatric Palliative Care broadened
with the very welcome addition of Mary Devins. I know we'll greatly benefit from her comprehensive training
with Richard Hain in Wales and the perspective Mary will be importing from her locale of Dublin."
She adds that Dr. Devin's particular interest in palliative care for the ante-natal population will further
bridge care between the Children's and Women's services based at the IWK while serving the Maritimes. And turns
out, Dr. Devins has other well-regarded skills-she makes a mean Irish soda bread that everyone is enjoying!
"The opportunity to work for such a well-run and well-established service with the kind of wealth of
experience that this team has-it's just a fantastic opportunity," says Dr. Devins. "And being able to do
pure pediatric palliative care is so exciting-to actually have time to sit down with the children and
families and get to know them and be able to treat each family in their own individual way is wonderful.
It's a dream job!"
February 1, 2010
Drs. Peter and Carol Camfield Retirement Celebration
On February 12, 2010 the Department of Pediatrics celebrated the retirement of Drs. Peter and Carol Camfield,
Division of Neurology, at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax. Both Peter and Carol led a distinguished clinical
and academic career. Often collaborating, first in 1977, the couple published over 200 original full-length papers
with numerous chapters, reports, and letters. Peter Camfield was also the Chief of Pediatrics from 1995-2002.
While each were honoured numerous times with individual awards, Drs. Carol and Peter Camfield were co-recipients
of several awards including: the Best Clinical Trial Award of the International League Against Epilepsy; the
prestigious Milken Award of the American Epilepsy Society; the IWK Health Centre Research Award in 2005;
Bellagio Scholars of the Rockefeller Foundation in 2002; and recipients of the Penfield Award of the
Canadian League Against Epilepsy in 2003.
The members and staff of the Department of Pediatrics would like to extend our congratulations
on many years of successful service and a happy retirement.
February 1, 2010
Mike Weir Foundation Bestows Dr. John Leblanc with Grant
Dr. John Leblanc, MSc., FRCPC, Associate Professor of Pediatrics,
Psychiatry and Community Health & Epidemiology at Dalhousie University, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the
Mike Weir Foundation for his submission,
"Child Mental Illness: optimize emotional and cognitive development through early childhood education". Dr. Leblanc
notes that "the grant will be used to add a quantitative evaluation component to a community-based early childhood
intervention strategy being developed in Inverness county to narrow the gap between children who have opportunities
for social and emotional development and children who have not. The Inverness partners are aiming for a launch date
of fall 2010." Dr. Leblanc's other research interests include disruptive behaviours and bullying, and he is the Team
Leader for Prevention and Intervention for Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet).
The members and staff of the Department of Pediatrics would like to extend our congratulations to Dr. Leblanc on this achievement.
January 15, 2010
IWK Research Newsletter - Grant Praise and Symposium
In the February issue of the IWK Research Service's Newsletter
several Department of Pediatric faculty are congratulated on their successful grant applications. The following investigators are mentioned:
Jason Berman, CIHR funding for the study "Zebrafish as an in vivo model of mast cell development and systemic mastocytosis".
Jun Wang, CFI funding for the study "Mucosal Immunology and Vaccinology Research Laboratory".
Susan Bryson, NCE funding for "NeuroDevNet".
C. Robin Walker, CIHR funding for the study "The Health of Canada's Children: Developing an On-Line Profile".
Also announced in the newsletter was the upcoming Canadian Center for Vaccinology (CCfV) Annual Symposium that will
be held on Thursday, April 22, at the IWK Health Centre. Poster presentations are solicited and abstracts may be
submitted by February 22, 2010. There will be a $200 prize for the best poster by a trainee. For more information
January 15, 2010
Upcoming Event - Pediatric Research Day
Research Day allows residents, fellows, medical students, post doctoral fellows, PhD candidates, master's candidates and junior faculty to present their research work to each other and the entire faculty of the Department of Pediatrics. Research Day provides a major opportunity to understand the depth and breadth of the Department's research activities and to foster research collaboration. Presentations are judged, with awards for the best in several categories. Research Day is open to all members of the Department of Pediatrics and all learners associated with the Department.
This year's event will be held on April 15, 2010 at the Student Union Building, Dalhousie University (9 AM- 4 PM). The keynote speaker will be Dr. Heather Dean from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Dean is a consummate clinical researcher and educator. Her presentation will explore many scientific, clinical and epidemiology issues that surround Type 2 Diabetes.
January 15, 2010
Research Award Announcements
The following Department of Pediatrics' faculty recently received research funding:
Jason Berman received funding from CIHR for his study, "Zebrafish as an In Vivo Model of Mast Cell Development and Systemic Mastocytosi"s.
Jun Wang received funding from CFI funding for her study, "Mucosal Immunology and Vaccinology Research Laboratory."
Susan Bryson received funding from NCE for her study, "NeuroDevNet."
Robin Walker received funding from CIHR for his study, "The Health of Canada's Children: Developing an On-line Profile."
John LeBlanc received funding from the Mike Weir Foundation for his study, "Child Mental Illness: Optimize Emotional and Cognitive Development Through Early Childhood Education."
January 6, 2010
Dr. Christine Chambers Wins Prestigious Award in Pain Research
Dr. Christine Chambers, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology, Canada Research Chair in Pain and Child Health, has been awarded the International Association for the Study of Pain's (IASP)
Ulf Lindblom Young Investigator Award for Clinical Science. This prodigious award is given to a clinical scientist under the age of 40 who has achieved a level of independence as a scholar in the field of pain (in clinical science). The award will be presented to Dr. Chambers at the 13th biennial World Congress on Pain on August 29 - September 2, 2010 in Montreal.
This is one of many accolades that Dr. Chambers has received since joining the Department of Pediatrics in 2003. The members and staff of the Department of Pediatrics would like to extend our congratulations on this latest achievement.
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