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Tuesday, November 8 • 13:00 - 15:00
Roundtable: part of the 2016 Friesen International Prize in Health Research "The Role of Early Career Scientists in the Development of Research Policy”

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Organized by Friends of CIHR

Early career scientists refers to researchers within 5 to 10 years of independent employment, usually within university or hospital-based institutes.  This echelon of scientists, who are approaching their most creative phase of independent research, has not fared well in recent years in grant competitions and salary support because of flat-line budgets and resource re-allocations.  They have suffered doubly because funding agencies have favoured program-based research initiatives that are dominated by established scientists or groups of scientists.  This situation going forward imperils discovery and translation and crimps the pipeline of human resource development.  Unfortunately, a climate of despair prevails amongst early phase trainees and independent scientists, who work in smaller groups and feel that the current policies are stacked against them.  A related issue appears to be the proliferation of under-resourced new programs that require re-distribution of limited funds away from investigator-driven research. 

This Roundtable brings together young and experienced scientists, academic leaders and visionaries, as well as leaders in training programs to address some of the issues, and at the same time, offer some potential solutions for further consideration.  There is considerable support for the notion that greater participation of early career scientists in developing policies would enhance and propel their careers in a positive trajectory that would enhance Canada’s leadership in health research.


1 pm - Call to Order 

1:03 pm - Introductions & Welcoming RemarksDr. Aubie Angel, Dr. Catharine Whiteside, Mr. Paul Davidson, The Honourable Dr. Reza Moridi

1:15 pm - 1:20 pm Keynote Comment:Dr. Bruce McManus

1:20 pm - 2:15 pm Presentations:Dr. Michael Hendricks, Dr. Morley Hollenberg, Dr. Grant PierceDr. Reinhart Reithmeier, Dr. Norman D. Rosenblum, Dr. Danika Goosney, Dr. Holly Witteman, Dr. Jim Woodgett

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm Comments & DiscussionDr. Janet Rossant, Dr. Henry G. Friesen, Dr. Mehrdad Hariri  

3 pm - Adjourn

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Aubie Angel

Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba | President, Friends of Canadian Institutes of Health Research | Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto Dr. Angel is an Endocrinologist with research interests in adipose tissue and lipid/lipoprotein metabolism. His work led to the discovery that in obesity, the total body cholesterol pool is enlarged because of the accumulation of cholesterol in fat tissue. He was Prof and Head, Dept of... Read More →
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Paul Davidson

President, Universities Canada
Paul Davidson has played leadership roles in government, the private sector and the voluntary sector for over 25 years. At Universities Canada, he has led a process of organizational renewal and greater member engagement, achieving increases in research funding, resources for campus internationalization and increased attention to issues of access and success for aboriginal students. Named both a “top lobbyist” in Ottawa and a... Read More →
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Henry G. Friesen

A renowned and visionary medical scientist, Dr. Henry Friesen is a Canadian endocrinologist credited with the discovery of human prolactin, and for redefining medical research in Canada. Now a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of Manitoba, Dr. Friesen was a Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology and Professor of Medicine. As President of the former Medical Research Council of Canada, he brought together scholars... Read More →
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Danika Goosney

Director General, Science, Knowledge Translation and Ethics,, Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Danika obtained a B.Sc. (Hons.) from St. Francis Xavier University.  She completed her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Biotechnology Laboratory (now the Michael Smith Labs). She conducted her postdoctoral training as a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Immunology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Following her... Read More →
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Michael Hendricks

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, McGill University
Michael Hendricks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at McGill University. He conducts fundamental research on how the environment and stress affect the development and function of the nervous system. Dr. Hendricks’ career has given him experience with funding systems in Singapore, the United States, and Canada. In response to recent changes at CIHR, he and others founded the Association of... Read More →
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Morley Hollenberg

My research interests over time have focused on the biosynthesis and actions of peptide hormones (oxytocin, vasopressin, insulin, epidermal growth factor) and on the molecular pharmacology and pathophysiology of receptor-mediated signaling by growth factors and G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). This focus seeks to understand rapid events occurring in tissues like smooth muscle, responsible for the regulation of blood vessel and intestinal... Read More →
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Bruce McManus

Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia
Dr. Bruce McManus serves as Co-Director, Institute for Heart + Lung Health, and CEO, Centre of Excellence for Prevention of Organ Failure (PROOF Centre). He served as inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. McManus’ investigative passion relates to mechanisms, consequences, detection and prevention of injury and aberrant repair in inflammatory diseases... Read More →
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Reza Moridi

Minister of Research, Innovation and Science
Reza Moridi currently serves as Minister of Minister of Research, Innovation and Science.  Moridi was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2007 as MPP for Richmond Hill. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014. Prior to that, he was Minister of Research and Innovation, as well as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. | Moridi has served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, the Minister of Training... Read More →
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Grant Pierce

Executive Director of Research, St Boniface Hospital
Dr Pierce completed postdoctoral training at UCLA before returning to Canada where he is Executive Director of Research at St Boniface Hospital and a Professor of Physiology and Pathophysiology at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He has published over 200 peer reviewed research manuscripts and 7 textbooks on metabolism, nutrition and cardiovascular health. He has been cited over 8000 times with a Google Scholar H index of 53. He just... Read More →
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Reinhart Reithmeier

Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto
Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier is known internationally for his research on anion transport membrane proteins in human health and disease. An award-winning lecturer, Dr. Reithmeier enjoys teaching introductory biochemistry to over 1,000 undergraduate students every year, as well as upper level and graduate courses.  As former Chair of Biochemistry and a Special Advisor to the Dean of Graduate Studies on Graduate Skills Development and Engagement... Read More →
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Norman Rosenblum

Professor of Paediatrics, Physiology, and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto
Dr. Norman Rosenblum is Professor of Paediatrics, Physiology, and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto, and a Paediatric Nephrologist and Senior Scientist in the Research Institute, the Hospital for Sick Children. He is the recipient of a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Developmental Nephrology. Dr. Rosenblum is a MD graduate of Dalhousie University. He completed a Pediatric residency and a fellowship in Pediatric... Read More →
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Janet Rossant

Senior scientist in the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Program at the Hospital for Sick Children and University Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford and her PhD from the University of Cambridge. Her research interests are focussed on understanding the development of the early mammalian embryo and its derived stem cells. She is... Read More →
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Catharine Whiteside

Dr. Whiteside is an MD and PhD graduate of the University of Toronto and FRCP(C) in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. From 1985 to 2005 she was a staff nephrologist at the University Health Network, Toronto, and clinician-scientist in the Department of Medicine. From 2000 to 2005 she was Associate Dean Graduate and Inter-Faculty Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine and from 2006 to 2014 Dean of Medicine and Vice Provost Relations with Health Care... Read More →
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Holly Witteman

Department of Family and Emergency Medicine, Universite Laval
Holly Witteman is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada, director of a research unit and a scientist at the Research Centre of the CHU de Québec. With an interdisciplinary background in mathematics, human factors engineering, human-computer interaction and decision sciences, her research is about the design and evaluation of digital media for health education... Read More →
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Jim Woodgett

Director of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute,, Mount Sinai Hospital
Jim Woodgett, Ph.D. (Dundee U) moved to Canada in 1992 to work at the Ontario Cancer Institute. His biomedical research there focused on the signalling mechanisms that underscore malignant growth, degenerative diseases and diabetes. | | From 1995-2005, he was an International Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and in 1997 was appointed Head of the Division of Experimental Therapeutics, where he held the Amgen Chair of Cancer... Read More →

Tuesday November 8, 2016 13:00 - 15:00
Room 202

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