Donor Impact Reception 2019

On Wednesday, June 12th, DMRF invited you, our donors, to a reception to celebrate the impact you've had on health research. We were pleased to welcome hundreds of you to the unique setting that is Pier 21 and into the Rudolph P. Bratty Hall where four of our esteemed researchers presented you with fast-paced, "ignite-style" presentations. To say we had fun while learning some heavy-hitting science would be an understatement! Thank you to Drs. Christine Chambers, Ken Rockwood, Craig McCormick and Debbie Martin, for delighting us with your wit and knowledge. Read more about their cutting-edge work below. As always, we thank you, our donors and supporters, for making local health research a priority. Together, we are better.


After 40 great years, thanks to our donors, we've raised tens of millions of dollars to support health research at Dalhousie's Faculty of Medicine. Today, we are proud to not only raise funds to support research at the Faculty of Medicine, but also the Faculties of Health and Dentistry. Last fiscal, we proudly paid out over $5 million to health research, the most in our organization's history. That is in no small part thanks to you. 

Please enjoy viewing photos of this special evening, dedicated to you, our donors. We thank you!


DMRF Impact Reception 2019



Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children’s Pain, Killam Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience 
Dalhousie University

All children experience pain, but they shouldn’t have to suffer. Canada is a world leader in children’s pain research, but many children still do not receive the pain care they deserve. Poorly managed pain is linked to many negative short- and long-term consequences. Dr. Christine Chambers is a dynamic clinical psychologist who has skillfully harnessed the power of social media and key influencer relationships to bolster her leading-edge research aimed at improving the assessment and management of children’s pain. Her Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded “It Doesn’t Have to Hurt” initiative for parents generated 150 million content views worldwide, trended nationally on social media several times, won multiple national and international awards, and was featured in The New York Times, The Globe & Mail, and on CBC’s The National. Dr. Chambers is the Scientific Director of a recently established $7.3 million national Networks of Centres of Excellence Canada knowledge mobilization initiative with over 100 partners, Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP). Headquartered at Dalhousie, SKIP’s mission is to improve children's pain management by mobilizing evidence-based solutions through coordination and collaboration.

Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, School of Health Administration, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology
Dalhousie University 

Dr. Kenneth Rockwood is a professor of medicine (geriatric medicine and neurology) at Dalhousie, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research investigator and an active staff physician. He is also the Kathryn Allen Weldon Professor of Alzheimer Research at Dalhousie University. A native of Newfoundland, he received his MD from Memorial University, and completed internal medicine training at the University of Alberta and geriatric medicine at Dalhousie University. A leading authority on frailty, Dr. Rockwood has more than 500 peer-reviewed publications and nine books to his credit, including the eighth edition of the Brocklehurst’s Textbook of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology. He is a member of the executive committee of the Canadian Collaboration on Neurodegeneration in Aging, and leads it's Quality of Life theme, and The Knowledge Translation platform.



Department of Microbiology & Immunology 
Dalhousie University 

Dr. Craig McCormick studied biology and chemistry at the University of New Brunswick, where he gained experience in studying bacteriophages (viruses that infect and kill bacteria) under the mentorship of Dr. David Coombs. He completed PhD studies at the University of British Columbia under the mentorship of Dr. Frank Tufaro and post-doctoral studies at the University of California San Francisco, where he studied different herpes viruses that could either cause, or be used to cure, cancer. Returning to Canada to train the next generation of scientists was always Craig’s plan, so he was thrilled to be recruited to Dalhousie University to start his own independent research program in 2006. He was attracted to the excellent students and collegial atmosphere that Dalhousie provided, as well as the obvious quality of life advantages of the Maritimes. At Dalhousie, Craig’s team has diversified their research program by studying influenza viruses in addition to ongoing work on the cancer-causing herpes virus called KSHV. They use a variety of approaches to study how these viruses infect human cells and cause disease. By understanding intimate details of how infection works, they are finding new ways to stop these viruses from replicating and spreading in the human body. 



Tier II Canada Research Chair
Indigenous Peoples Health and Well-Being Associate Professor, Health Promotion
Dalhousie University

The devastating impacts of colonization in Canada remain to this day, with many Indigenous communities living in a perpetual state of crisis characterized by ill health and well-being. The Wabanaki Network, led by Dalhousie University, in partnership with national Indigenous leadership, employs integrative science models to draw on the strengths of both Indigenous and western perspectives. Researcher and Professor Dr. Debbie Martin's evidence-based work is aimed at preventing chronic diseases, which she has found to be disproportionately higher among Aboriginal peoples relative to their non-Aboriginal counterparts within Canada. Working directly with communities, she endeavours to identify and address key community and societal level determinants that are often linked to lifestyle factors that ultimately cause chronic diseases. For instance, cost and availability of nutritious and culturally appropriate foods, which limits food choices, puts people at risk for debilitating, costly, and preventable, chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and certain cancers. A key feature of her research focuses on the importance of community engagement and using Indigenous ‘ways of knowing’ (methodologies) to inform the research process – from design to dissemination.