Researchers

Dalhousie Medical School leads groundbreaking medical research that is saving lives. It is home to hundreds of talented researchers who have dedicated their lives to helping solve our greatest health challenges.

ALS Research Group

ALS Research Group

Neuroscience

Researchers seek fundamental knowledge, new solutions for ALS and Spinal cord injury.

Dr. Ian Alwayn

Dr. Ian Alwayn

Inflammation, Infection & Immunity

Dr. Ian Alwayn seeks optimal health of organs for more successful transplants.

Dr. Robert Anderson

Dr. Robert Anderson

Inflammation, Infection & Immunity

Dr. Robert Anderson seeks strategies for preventing dengue virus and RSV.

Dr. John Archibald

Dr. John Archibald

Inflammation, Infection & Immunity

Dr. John Archibald unravels the mysteries of microbial evolution.

Dr. Bill Baldridge

Dr. Bill Baldridge

Neuroscience

Dr. Bill Baldridge explores causes and potential treatments of retinal diseases.

Dr. Karen Bedard

Dr. Karen Bedard

Cardiovascular

Dr. Karen Bedard hunts for the genes behind a deadly disease of the heart

Dr. Jason Berman

Dr. Jason Berman

Cancer

Dr. Jason Berman turns to zebrafish for clues to customized cancer treatments.

Dr. Drew Bethune

Dr. Drew Bethune

Cancer

Dr. Drew Bethune and colleagues pioneer the Atlantic Molecular Oncology Centre.

Dr. Chris Blanchard

Dr. Chris Blanchard

Cardiovascular, Molly Appeal

Dr. Chris Blanchard helps heart patients overcome barriers to physical activity.

Dr. Keith Brunt

Dr. Keith Brunt

Cardiovascular

Dr. Keith Brunt develops practical solutions to heart disease problems

Dr. Susan Bryson

Dr. Susan Bryson

Neuroscience

Sibling study paves the way to earlier diagnosis and intervention in autism.

Dr. Balwantray Chauhan

Dr. Balwantray Chauhan

Dalhousie Medical School

Dr. Balwantray Chauhan is on a mission to solve the mysteries of glaucoma.

Dr. Robert Chen

Dr. Robert Chen

Cardiovascular, Molly Appeal

Dr. Robert Chen probes effects of birth defects on heart’s nervous system.

Dr. David Clarke

Dr. David Clarke

Neuroscience

Dr. David Clarke works to repair the brain and spinal cord

Dr. Elizabeth Cowley

Dr. Elizabeth Cowley

Dalhousie Medical School

Dr. Elizabeth Cowley has taken up a brave fight against inflammatory lung disease by studying the very air we breathe, everyday.

Dr. Beth Cummings

Dr. Beth Cummings

Inflammation, Infection & Immunity

Dr. Beth Cummings seeks clues to origins and prevention of type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Sultan Darvesh

Dr. Sultan Darvesh

Neuroscience

Dr. Sultan Darvesh pioneers technology for early diagnosis while searching for cure.

Dr. Graham Dellaire

Dr. Graham Dellaire

Cancer

As Dalhousie Medical School’s first DMRF Cameron Research Scientist, and Director of Research in the Department of Pathology at Dalhousie University, Dr. Graham Dellaire is attacking the cancer problem from many angles.

Dr. John Downie

Dr. John Downie

Neuroscience

Dr. John Downie studies the nervous system’s hold on bladder function.

Dr. Roy Duncan

Dr. Roy Duncan

Inflammation, Infection & Immunity, Cancer

Dr. Roy Duncan engineers FAST proteins into powerful weapons against cancer and viruses.

Dr. Gail Eskes

Dr. Gail Eskes

Neuroscience

Clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Gail Eskes is leading a five-year, $2.6 million Brain Repair Centre project to develop and test a take-home ‘Cognitive Repair Kit’ for people whose ability to pay attention has been impaired by stroke.

Dr. James Fawcett

Dr. James Fawcett

Neuroscience

Dr. James Fawcett explores protein mechanisms of brain repair and cancer development.

Dr. Alan Fine

Dr. Alan Fine

Neuroscience

Dr. Alan Fine studies learning and memory in zebrafish.

Dr. Alon Friedman

Dr. Alon Friedman

Neuroscience

Dr. Alon Friedman seeks to halt disease-causing damage to blood vessels in the brain.

Dr. Carman Giacomantonio

Dr. Carman Giacomantonio

Cancer

Dr. Carman Giacomantonio, a surgical oncologist, works long hours removing tumours from cancer patients. This work has inspired him to team up with world-renowned cancer researcher Dr. Patrick Lee to explore a revolutionary new way to fight cancer at its source.

Dr. Scott Halperin

Dr. Scott Halperin

Inflammation, Infection & Immunity

Dr. Scott Halperin leads efforts to protect infants by vaccinating pregnant moms.

Dr. Camille Hancock Friesen

Dr. Camille Hancock Friesen

Cardiovascular, Molly Appeal

Dr. Camille Hancock Friesen wants heart-healthy kids and longer-term transplants.

Dr. Ansar Hassan

Dr. Ansar Hassan

Cardiovascular

Dr. Ansar Hassan tests pre- and post-op approaches to minimizing surgery risks

Dr. Greg Hirsch

Dr. Greg Hirsch

Cardiovascular, Molly Appeal

Dr. Greg Hirsch paves the way to better decisions and outcomes of cardiac surgery.

Dr. Paul Hoffman

Dr. Paul Hoffman

Dalhousie Medical School

For more than 30 years, Dr. Paul Hoffman and his team have been battling the ever-changing force of infectious diseases.

Dr. David Hoskin

Dr. David Hoskin

Cancer

Dr. David Hoskin adds fish and removes iron to make cancer treatments more effective.

Dr. Susan Howlett

Dr. Susan Howlett

Dalhousie Medical School, Cardiovascular, Molly Appeal

Dr. Susan Howlett is launching a new study of the impact of aging on heart function, and the impact of heart disease on aging hearts.

Dr. Andrew Issekutz

Dr. Andrew Issekutz

Dalhousie Medical School

Together with his brother, Dr. Andrew Issekutz is tackling rheumatoid arthritis head on. This daring duo will stop at nothing to arrest this crippling disease in its tracks.

Dr. Thomas Issekutz

Dr. Thomas Issekutz

Inflammation, Infection & Immunity

Dr. Thomas Issekutz explores causes of immune deficiency diseases.

Dr. Brent Johnston

Dr. Brent Johnston

Inflammation, Infection & Immunity

Dr. Brent Johnston aims to tone down immune reactions in rheumatoid arthritis, ramp them up against cancer.

Dr. Barbara Karten

Dr. Barbara Karten

Neuroscience

Dr. Barbara Karten explores brain cholesterol and its role in Niemann Pick Type C.

Dr. Petra Kienesberger

Dr. Petra Kienesberger

Cardiovascular

Dr. Petra Kienesberger sheds light on fat-driven weakening of heart-muscle cells

Dr. Stefan Krueger

Dr. Stefan Krueger

Neuroscience

Dr. Stefan Krueger explores the role of cell-to-cell communication in brain disorders

Dr. Stan Kutcher

Dr. Stan Kutcher

Neuroscience

Dr. Stan Kutcher is the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health and the Director World Health Organization Collaborating Care in Mental Health Policy and Training at Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre in Canada.

Dr. Richard Langley

Dr. Richard Langley

Dalhousie Medical School

Powered by sheer determination and Canada’s only laser microscope, Dermatologist Dr. Richard Langley is working to diagnose deadly melanomas in their earliest stages.

Dr. Joanne Langley

Dr. Joanne Langley

Inflammation, Infection & Immunity

Dr. Joanne Langley, professor of pediatrics and community health and epidemiology at Dalhousie Medical School, and an infectious diseases specialist at the IWK Health Centre, has been appointed Dalhousie University’s CIHR-GSK Chair in Pediatric Vaccinology. It’s the only chair of its kind in the country.

Dr. Patrick Lee

Dr. Patrick Lee

Dalhousie Medical School, Cancer

Dr. Patrick Lee is an internationally recognized leader in the field of cancer research. He was recently recruited to the Faculty of Medicine to spearhead growth and development of the Dalhousie Cancer Research Program. Dr. Lee’s own research on reovirus convinces him that we can kill cancer and cure people.

Dr. Jean-Francois Légaré

Dr. Jean-Francois Légaré

Cardiovascular, Molly Appeal

Dr. Jean-François Légaré explores scarring process that leads to heart failure.

Dr. Ron Leslie

Dr. Ron Leslie

Neuroscience

Dr. Ron Leslie explores images’ potential to improve psychiatric and neurological diagnoses.

Dr. Tong-Jun Lin

Dr. Tong-Jun Lin

Inflammation, Infection & Immunity

Dr. Tong-Jun Lin seeks news ways to help cystic fibrosis and asthma patients.

Dr. Sohrab Lutchmedial

Dr. Sohrab Lutchmedial

Cardiovascular

Dr. Sohrab Lutchmedial seeks to reduce cardiovascular risk factors in youth

Dr. Mary Lynch

Dr. Mary Lynch

Neuroscience

From Qigong to cannabinoids: Dr. Mary Lynch explores new ways to manage chronic pain.

Dr. Paola Marignani

Dr. Paola Marignani

Cancer

Dr. Paola Marignani seeks to harness cancer's "stop and go" signals.

Dr. Jean Marshall

Dr. Jean Marshall

Inflammation, Infection & Immunity

Dr. Jean Marshall aims to block dangerous allergies' triggers.

Dr. Craig McCormick

Dr. Craig McCormick

Cancer

Dr. Craig McCormick studies how a virus drives Kaposi's sarcoma.

Dr. Roger McLeod

Dr. Roger McLeod

Cardiovascular, Molly Appeal

Dr. Roger McLeod investigates protective effects of healthy fats.

Dr. Shelly McNeil

Dr. Shelly McNeil

Inflammation, Infection & Immunity

Dr. Shelly McNeil seeks better disease protection for at-risk and elderly.

Dr. Ratika Parkash

Dr. Ratika Parkash

Cardiovascular, Molly Appeal

Dr. Ratika Parkash works to improve outcomes for patients with heart rhythm problems.

Dr. Kishore Pasumarthi

Dr. Kishore Pasumarthi

Cardiovascular, Molly Appeal

Dr. Kishore Pasumarthi Explores New Territory in Cardiac Regeneration.

Dr. Stephen Phillips

Dr. Stephen Phillips

Neuroscience, Cancer

Dr. Stephen Phillips helps reverse the devastating effects of stroke.

Dr. Geoff Porter

Dr. Geoff Porter

Dalhousie Medical School

As a surgeon and clinical head of Capital Health’s Cancer Care Program, Dr. Geoff Porter knows time is of the essence when diagnosing and treating cancer.

Dr. Thomas Pulinilkunnil

Dr. Thomas Pulinilkunnil

Cardiovascular

Dr. Thomas Pulinilkunnil studies role of nutrients in cardiac health and diabetic heart disease

Dr. Alexander Quinn

Dr. Alexander Quinn

Cardiovascular

Dr. Alexander Quinn seeks mechanical solutions to electrical problems in the heart

Dr. Victor Rafuse

Dr. Victor Rafuse

Neuroscience

Dr. Vic Rafuse sheds new light on ALS in pursuit of treatments.

Dr. Jan Rainey

Dr. Jan Rainey

Cardiovascular, Molly Appeal

Dr. Jan Rainey explores atomic mechanisms of heart muscle destruction.

Dr. Chris Richardson

Dr. Chris Richardson

Inflammation, Infection & Immunity, Cancer

Dr. Chris Richardson finds keys to measles-based cancer therapy.

Dr. Harold Robertson

Dr. Harold Robertson

Dalhousie Medical School, Neuroscience

Dr. Harold Robertson explores new treatments and early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. George Robertson

Dr. George Robertson

Neuroscience

Dalhousie Medical School team pioneers MS diagnostic test and new drug to halt nerve destruction.

Dr. Kenneth Rockwood

Dr. Kenneth Rockwood

Dalhousie Medical School, Neuroscience

Dr. Kenneth Rockwood uses math to understand the aging brain.

Dr. Robert Rose

Dr. Robert Rose

Cardiovascular, Molly Appeal

Dr. Robert Rose seeks a path to prevent age- and frailty-related arrhythmias.

Dr. Benjamin Rusak

Dr. Benjamin Rusak

Neuroscience

Dr. Benjamin Rusak is studying how sleep affects the brain and body.

Dr. John Sapp

Dr. John Sapp

Cardiovascular, Molly Appeal

Dr. John Sapp finetunes treatments for dangerous heart rhythms.

Dr. Jana Sawynok

Dr. Jana Sawynok

Neuroscience

Advancing treatments for shingles and other chronic pain conditions.

Dr. Matthias Schmidt

Dr. Matthias Schmidt

Neuroscience

Dr. Matthias Schmidt improves brain imaging techniques.

Dr. Frank Smith

Dr. Frank Smith

Cardiovascular, Molly Appeal

Dr. Frank Smith looks to zebrafish to explain heart-nervous system interactions.

Dr. Isabel Smith

Dr. Isabel Smith

Neuroscience

Professor, Research at Dalhousie Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Spinal Cord Research Group

Spinal Cord Research Group

Neuroscience

Dalhousie Medical School team moves closer to retaining and restoring spinal cord function.

Dr. Nikhil Thomas

Dr. Nikhil Thomas

Inflammation, Infection & Immunity

Dr. Nikhil Thomas tackles E. coli and other dangerous bacteria.

Dr. Phillip Tibbo

Dr. Phillip Tibbo

Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Vision Research Group

Vision Research Group

Neuroscience

Physicians and scientists join forces to reveal the course and causes of glaucoma and retinal disease.

Dr. Jun Wang

Dr. Jun Wang

Inflammation, Infection & Immunity

Dr. Jun Wang explores cancer immune therapy, develops TB and Chlamydia vaccines.

Dr. Ying Zhang

Dr. Ying Zhang

Neuroscience

Dr. Ying Zhang embarks on studies of the role of interneurons in ALS.