Edwin A. Kroeger is a Professor of Physiology and Pathophysiology in the Max Rady College of Medicine. It was early in his tenure as Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies in Medicine (1987-2017) that he recognized the need for research-oriented networking opportunities for graduate students with their peers across departments, campuses and faculties of medicine in Canada. In pursuit of this goal, and with support from academic leadership in the then Faculty of Medicine, he founded Research Days, an event that grew University-wide and later became the national "Canadian Student Health Research Forum" (CSHRF).
In collaboration with the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), this annual event aims to network, showcase and recognize health research trainees through an adjudicated presentation of their research, participation in CIHR-led career development seminars and the presentation of a symposium by world renowned, leading–edge scientists.
In recent years, with the goal of providing international linkages for students, Ed became the AFMC representative to the Organization of PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System (ORPHEUS). It was during this time that ORPHEUS certification for the Max Rady College of Medicine was obtained as well as an active academic partnership of the CSHRF with the Lindau Nobel laureate meetings was forged.
Dr. Ed Kroeger