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Key dates

The MSHRF will include many familiar elements previously included in the annual Canadian Student Health Research Forum such as the research poster competition, career development workshop, Drewry Lecture, and graduate student awards.

We are expanding to host a lecture and luncheon celebrating the work of the Manitoba Medical Services Foundation, a three-part symposium featuring early career researcher faculty, and a speed-networking session with Manitoba-based alumni and employers.

Registration is now closed. Contact us if you are a sponsor or partner.

Mon. June 12, 2023

Time Brodie Atrium Joe Doupe Concourse
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Poster competition  
3:00 - 5:30 p.m.   Meet the professionals – speed networking event
(for grad students and postdocs, pre-registration required)

Tues. June 13, 2023

Time Theatre C Joe Doupe Concourse Brodie Atrium Off campus
(location TBA)
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Scientific symposium I 
(ECR talks, MMSF highlight session)
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.   MMSF/MBC luncheon
(pre-registration required)

Open poster viewing

1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Trainee career development workshop      
Evening       Networking event  (organized by HSGSA)

Weds. June 14, 2023

Time Theatre C Joe Doupe Concourse
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.   Prowse memorial breakfast
(pre-registration required)
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Scientific Symposium II
(Prowse lecture, ECR talks, Drewry lecture)
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.   Drewy luncheon
(pre-registration required)
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Scientific Symposium III
(ECR talks)
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Awards ceremony  

For your convenience, we have provided the agenda as a PDF in addition to the day-by-day schedules.

Agenda (PDF)

Trainee career development workshop

  • Portrait of Dr. Nana Lee.
  • Nana Lee

    Dr. Lee’s interactive professional development session will include reflection, meaningful engagement and storytelling, plus a mock interview workshop where these skills are put into action.


Dr. Nana Lee holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Toronto, a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan and was a visiting scholar at Whitehead (Broad) Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT.

Her previous roles in the biotechnology industry include senior research scientist, product manager and director of application science.

She currently holds the position of director and assistant professor, teaching stream for both departments of biochemistry and immunology, director of mentorship and Graduate Professional Development (GPD) for Graduate & Life Sciences Education (GLSE), Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

She is a visiting assistant professor during her sabbatical at Harvard University and Stanford University for 2022-23.

She has presented to over 3,500 learners at numerous keynotes and conference sessions throughout the USA, Canada and Asia.


Dr. Nana Lee's GPD workshop will includes some paperless interactive activities. Please bring a device that can connect to the internet (laptop, smart phone, iPad, etc.) so that you can complete the worksheets below during the session. If you do not have access to a device, please bring a pen.


To enhance your experience, please complete the individual development plan and bring a resume and cover letter to receive feedback on.

For tips on writing the resume and cover letter, view videos 11 and 12.

Scientific symposium

Manitoba Medical Service Foundation highlight lecture session and luncheon 

The Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF), in partnership with the Manitoba Blue Cross, provides funding to new Manitoba researchers and students in order to improve the health and well-being of Manitobans.

  • Manitoba Medical Service Foundation logo
  • Manitoba Blue Cross logo
  • Manitoba Student Health Research Forum logo


  • portrait of Greg Hammond
  • Dr. Greg Hammond
    Executive director, Manitoba Medical Service Foundation


Dr. Gregory Hammond received his BSc and MD, CM from McGill University followed by training at the Universities of Alberta, Toronto, Manitoba, and Centres for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta. 
Study of an outbreak of ulcerative genital infections was his main infectious disease (ID) fellowship research project, aided by an MMSF grant and he led five publications on chancroid. These publications interested the World Health Organization, which invited his mentor Dr. Allan Ronald to Kenya for a STI research program. 
After CDC virology training Dr. Hammond returned to Winnipeg as an ID clinician (continuing to the present with the UM ID Section) and head of the Virus Detection Unit and later as director, Cadham Provincial Laboratory. He led introduction of novel diagnostic techniques and a new UM Clinical Virology course. He participated in 17 external laboratory quality /accreditation reviews in Canada. He was President of the Canadian Infectious Diseases Society, (now Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease) and Canadian Association of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease.
He led an integrated Public Health Branch for Manitoba Health and was director of communicable disease control, for 12 years. Dr. Hammond helped to establish a new Canadian Blood Services Centre in Winnipeg and was the Manitoba Health medical lead in the Canadian blood system renewal. He co-chaired the National Immunization Strategy and the Canadian Immunization Committee. 
He is a professor in the UM departments of Internal Medicine and Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and has over 100 publications. After retiring from Manitoba Health Dr. Hammond consulted widely. Since 1988 he is a Board member and from 2010 the executive director of MMSF.

  • portrait of Benjamin Graham
  • Mr. Benjamin Graham
    President and CEO, Manitoba Blue Cross


A native of Australia with a Master of Risk Management (Business and Economics) from Melbourne’s Monash University, Benjamin Graham brings a global perspective to his position as president and chief executive officer of Manitoba Blue Cross which he commenced in October 2020. 

Before arriving to Manitoba in 2018, where he made his first imprint in the local business community as president and chief executive officer of Manitoba Public Insurance, Benjamin held executive positions as regional chief risk officer at QBE Insurance Asia Pacific in Hong Kong; Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company and Deloitte in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Kuwait). Both industry roles in Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi had responsibility for enterprise risk management, regulatory reporting, underwriting and capital modelling.

While Benjamin’s strong business acumen and expertise in medical underwriting models, insurance and risk management have helped shape his career, his transparent and inclusive leadership style are contributing factors to his continued success leading business transformation and growth.  

Benjamin has developed roots in the province and is committed to the community, both as a business leader and a citizen. He’s a member of the Winnipeg Humane Society Board of Directors and is working hard to become as comfortable in hockey skates and ice fishing as he is in golf shoes.

  • Portrait of Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg
  • Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg
    Pediatrics and Child Health, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences


Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg obtained her MD, CM degree from McGill University in 1974. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Pediatrics) in 1979 and in medical genetics in 1996. She has been a Fellow of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists since 1982.

Dr. Greenberg served as medical director of the Child Health program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, and department head, Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba, from 2004-2014.

Dr. Rockman-Greenberg has practiced as a clinical and metabolic geneticist in Winnipeg since 1979. She is currently a clinician scientist in the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM) and holds the academic rank of Distinguished Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Child Health and Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba.

The contributions of Dr. Rockman- Greenberg to the continuum of science start with clinical problems, establishing relationships with families and unique communities and working to translate discoveries into effective patient care programmes.

Dr. Rockman-Greenberg was named to the 2012 list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100, in the Trailblazers and Trendsetters category and she received the Founders Awards for Excellence in Medical Genetics from the CCMG in 2017.

She was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in April 2018 for Leadership in Health Promotion, Illness Prevention and Care and into the Order of Manitoba in July 2018.

In December 2020 she was appointed to the Order of Canada as an Officer and in May 2021 she was the recipient of the Pioneer Award from the Garrod Association of Canada.

  • Portrait of Jason Kindrachuk

  • Dr. Jason Kindrachuk
    Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences


Dr. Kindrachuk is an assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in emerging virus pathogenesis in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, University of Manitoba.

His research focuses on the circulation, transmission and pathogenesis of emerging zoonotic viruses that pose the greatest threat to global health. Findings from these investigations will help inform emerging virus therapeutic treatment strategies, outbreak prediction and preparedness efforts.

He currently leads multiple national and international research investigations including director of the International Mpox Response Consortium (IMREC), co-lead for Pillar 2 of CoVaRR-Net, and principal investigator for ongoing investigations on Ebola virus and monkeypox virus across Africa.

Special lectures

  • Drewry memorial lecture

    Dr. Weiang Yan
    Cardiac surgery resident
    Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
    Winner: 2022 E.L. Drewry Major Award

  • portrait of Weiang Yan


Weiang Yan is a senior cardiac surgery resident at the University of Manitoba. He completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto in 2011 and his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario in 2015.

He is currently enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program and is completing a PhD in regenerative therapies for cardiac repair after myocardial infarction under Drs. Sanjiv Dhingra and Rakesh C. Arora.

His research interests include post-infarction cardiac repair, surgical management of heart failure, and mechanical circulatory support. He has published over 30 manuscripts and has received numerous awards, including a CIHR Fellowship and the Vivien Thomas Early Career Investigator Award at the American Heart Association.

  • Prowse memorial lecture

    Dr. Garrett Johnson
    General surgery resident
    Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
    Winner: 2022 Prowse Prize for Medical Clinical Research

  • portrait of Garrett Johnson


Dr. Garrett Johnson is general surgery resident at the University of Manitoba Max Rady College of Medicine. Dr. Johnson completed medical school at the University of Manitoba in 2018, where he also currently continues his general surgery training. His goal is to pursue a career as a surgeon-scientist, and to combine clinical and research skills to conduct practice-based research throughout his career. In pursuit of that goal, in 2020 he extended his residency training and was accepted into the Clinician Investigator Program, where he completed a Master’s in Science in the Department of Community Health Sciences from July 2020 to June 2022.  

During his residency training, he has his distinguished himself through many awards, including the George W Leroux memorial award for clinical excellence every year. He also served as the senior administrative resident from September 2021 to December 2023, and is now currently the Co-lead resident. He has served on the general surgery residency program committee since 2020.

His research interests include surgical education, endoscopy quality improvement, knowledge translation, and epidemiological outcomes for patients who suffer from colorectal diseases. During his residency and postgraduate training, he has published or had accepted 26 peer reviewed research articles, four textbook chapters, and twelve conference abstracts.

His research training has also been recognized by multiple awards including most recently the 2022 Thorlakson paper of the year, the Mindel and Tom Olenick research studentship in Medicine, and the Drs. Hugh C. and Aynsley M. Smith Scholarship.

Early career research faculty


Manitoba poster competition


The Manitoba Poster Competition will take place on Monday, June 12, 2023 in the Brodie Centre Atrium at the University of Manitoba Bannatyne campus.

The deadline for abstract submission is April 10, 2023(midnight, central time).

View the 2023 poster abstract booklet


This competition is open to Manitoba graduate students and postdoctoral fellows undertaking research in the health sciences.

Consideration will be given to students who:

  • Have registered by the registration deadline
  • Have submitted their abstract by the registration deadline

Note: We welcome posters from across the breadth of the CIHR mandate.

How to register

To register, follow the steps below. 

Step 1: Fill out and submit our Abstract Submission Form.

Step 2: Check your email frequently for updates including judging schedule.

Important: please add to your spam filters to ensure they do not end up in your junk folder.


This event has been planned to take place in person following the format outlined below. Alternative arrangements have been made if this is not possible.

Participants will present a poster (no larger than 4 feet x 4 feet) to showcase their research. Recommended templates are available.

Poster numbers will be assigned to participants once registration has closed. Participants are invited to mount their poster at their corresponding number upon arrival to the forum and orally present their research to the judges at the scheduled judging time on June 12.

Each participant will be assigned a 15-minute judging slot – 10 minutes for presentation and five minutes for Q&A. Please be sure not to exceed your 10 minutes of presentation time or the judges may not be able to ask all of their questions as the judging schedule is very tight.

Judging criteria

Please keep in mind, the judges are most likely not experts in your specific area of research. The topics covered in this competition are very broad and logistically it would be impossible to provide close expertise for all presenters. However, the judges have been selected based on their success as scientists in their respective fields and their broader knowledge of science. As with any presentation, the audience must be taken into account and the information delivered accordingly.

Participants will be judged on:

  • Organization
  • Clarity of presentation, including:
    • background
    • hypothesis/research question(s)
    • methods (eg. study design and analysis technique)
    • results
    • conclusion
  • Visual appearance of your presentation
  • Defense of results


Thank you to our generous sponsors.

  • Event sponsors

    • Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba
    • Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Manitoba
    • Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
    • E.L. Drewry Memorial Trust
    • Health Sciences Centre Foundation Inc.
    • Manitoba Blue Cross
    • Manitoba Medical Service Foundation Inc.
    • Prowse Prize Fund
    • St. Boniface General Hospital Foundation
    • Vice President (Research and International), University of Manitoba
  • Poster award sponsors

    • Bioscience Association Manitoba
    • Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Manitoba
    • Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
    • Health Sciences Graduate Students’ Association
    • Manitoba Medical Service Foundation Inc.
    • Women's Health Research Foundation of Canada Inc.

2022 Past award winners

We recognize and congratulate past award winners in the following five categories:

Major awards

  • CHRIM Award: Md Mahamud ur Rashid, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Drewry Award: Weiang Yan, Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Emergent Award: Mohammad Kashem, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • HSC Award: Anthony Altieri, Immunology
  • MMSF MSc award: Lucas Evangelista de Lima Terceiro, Pathology
  • MMSF PhD award: Qian Liu, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
  • MMSF PhD award: Raghu Sundaresan Nagalingam, Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • St. Boniface Award: Weiang Yan, Physiology and Pathophysiology

Oncology awards

  • Caroline A Cope award: Morgan Stirling, Community Health Sciences
  • Caroline A Cope award: MacKenzie Wilke, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
  • Emil & Lynette Hain award: Qian Liu, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
  • Right Honourable Don Mazankowsk award: Lucas Evanelsita de Lima Terceiro, Pathology

Dr. Forough Khadem memorial awards

  • MSc award: Shifa Mohideen, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • PhD award: Shayan Amiri, Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Faculty awards

  • Aubie Angel award: Christy Pylypchuk, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
  • Dr. Edwin Kroeger Mentorship award: Meagan Azad, Pediatrics and Child Health
  • Kenneth Hughes Award: Janilyn Arsenio, Internal Medicine

Poster awards

Dean of Graduate Studies Poster Awards

  • Chendong Li, Community Health Sciences
  • Emma Martell, Human Anatomy and Cell Sciences
  • Vanessa Schulz, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Diane Tshikudi, Immunology

Dean of Medicine Poster Awards

  • Laila Aboulatta, College of Pharmacy
  • Javad Alizadeh, Human Anatomy and Cell Sciences
  • Marina Costa Fujishima, Immunology
  • Rubendren Jamilchelvan, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Taylor Morriseau, Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Reid Opperman, Biology

HSGSA Poster Awards

  • Monika Kowatsch, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Nicole Neudorf, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
  • Nitesh Sanghai, College of Pharmacy
  • Romaniya Zayats, Immunology

MMSF Poster Awards

  • Oluwaseun Ajibola, Immunology
  • Shayan Amiri, Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Rubi Campos Gudino, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
  • Ally Farrell, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
  • Courtney Marshall, Immunology
  • Jennifer Myskiw, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Titus Olukitibi, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Carmine Slipski, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Alicia Vachon, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Honourable mentions

  • Spencer Ames, Immunology
  • Seyed Hosseini, Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Paul Jankowski, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Kayla Kostal, Community Health Sciences
  • Xinyun Liu, Immunology
  • Heqing Ma, Immunology
  • Ruth Mwatelah, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Nura Safa, Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Abu Siddik, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Sara Telles-Langdon, Physiology and Pathophysiology

Contact us

MSHRF planning team
A202 Chown Building, 753 Mcdermot Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg MB R3E 0T6