Science & Research

Magnificent seven

Meet seven Manitoba researchers who are working to answer some of the world's toughest medical questions

Magnificent seven

BY JOEL SCHLESINGER
Winnipeg Health Region
Wave, May / June 2011

Numerous Manitobans have made important contributions to the field of medical research over the years. One of the earliest contributors was Dr. Bruce Chown, best known for developing a vaccine for RH (Rhesus Factor), a potentially fatal blood condition that affects women and their fetuses. Licensed in 1968, the vaccine is credited with saving tens of thousands of lives and is considered by many to be the most important medical discovery made in Manitoba.

More recently, Dr. Allan Ronald was inducted into Canada's Medical Hall of Fame in April for his work in pioneering the University of Manitoba's world renowned infectious disease research program. In addition, he has mentored a number of key Manitoba researchers, including Drs. Frank Plummer, Stephen Moses and Jamie Blanchard. All three, in turn, have made their own important contributions to HIV research. This rich tradition of excellence continues today, thanks in large measure to the support of the Manitoba Health Research Council. Every year, the council provides more than $5 million to further health research in the province. A key area of focus is to recruit and retain the best and brightest talent via the Manitoba Research Chairs program. Each year, the program provides two grants totalling $1 million over five years to researchers in this province. These grants are making it possible for Manitobans to conduct research that will lead to better suicide prevention programs, enhanced protocols for managing asthma, better care for children with disabilities, and potential cures for cancer and HIV. All of this work will improve the delivery of care, not just in Manitoba, but around the world.

This special report, sponsored by the Manitoba Health Research Council, highlights the work being done and the people who are doing it.

Ground zero Ground zero
Manitoba research may hold key to fighting a new type of HIV infection

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Killing cancer Killing cancer
Researchers look for effective ways to eradicate disease

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Flipping the switch Flipping the switch
Biochemist aims to starve cancerous blood tumours

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Healing hearts and minds Healing hearts and minds
A Winnipeg psychiatrist examines the roots of mental illness for two high-risk groups: Aboriginal youth and soldiers returning from Afghanistan

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Through the eyes of child Through the eyes of child
Researcher gains important insights by talking to children about their care

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A breath of fresh air A breath of fresh air
Asthma affects millions of Canadians, yet the only existing medication fails to help its worst sufferers. One U of M researcher aims to fix that

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Unravelling the secrets of septic shock Unravelling the secrets of septic shock
Research team tackles leading cause of ICU deaths

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Wave: May / June 2011

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