Research Development


Dr. Kirshenbaum is a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Cardiology in the Max Rady College of Medicine recognized internationally for his research on understanding the molecular signaling pathways that underlie cell death leading to heart failure. Dr. Kirshenbaum serves on many journal editorial boards and grant panels, including Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF), and serves as the chair of a National Institute of Health (NIH) study section on myocardial ischemia and metabolism

Research Development Overview

The goal of the Director of Research Development is to create an environment that will allow for increased competitive grant funding for basic and clinical faculty with the Max Rady College of Medicine. This will be achieved through the fostering and development of programs that will target the career development of newly recruited investigators on grant writing and the peer review process through development of mentorship programs and workshops within the Max Rady College of Medicine.

This will foster collaborative research among basic and clinical faculty by identifying clusters of common activities for enhanced translational research and synergy among faculty programs. As well, it will develop partnerships and networks within existing university programs and institutes in the province while building new opportunities for collaborations and funding with private stake holders and foreign institutions. The goal of these initiatives is to increase the overall competitiveness and research enterprise capacity of the Max Rady College of Medicine.

Areas of Focus

  • Research basic and clinical
  • Collaboration
  • Mentorship and development of faculty
  • Externally funded grant support

Program Objectives

  • Promoting and enhancing research activities throughout the Max Rady College of Medicine
  • Building linkages to enhance synergy and cohesion among basic science and clinical faculty
  • Mentorship of new and early career investigators
  • Develop networks and collaborative programs locally and internationally 


Dr. Lorrie Kirshenbaum
Director, Research Development
Tel: 204.235.3661