• Portrait of Brenda Elias
  • Professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Community Health Sciences
    Room S101D - Medical Services Building
    750 Bannatyne Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0W2

    Phone: 204-789-3358

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Dr. Brenda Elias conducts multilevel quantitative and mixed-method studies into the social, cultural, biological, economic, political and historical determinants of health. She leads "Translating to the Community: A social epigenetic study of FASD".

This study, funded by CIHR, Kid’s Brain Network, and Manitoba Liquor, Lotteries and Cannabis, is seeking to develop an early diagnostic biomarker tool for FASD and associated co-morbidities.

Complimenting this study, Dr. Elias is the program director of the SSHRC-Partner funded “Looking after each other: A dignity promotion partnership project.

In addition, Dr. Elias is co-principal applicant of the Wuniska Indigenous Centre on HIV/HCV/STBBI Inequities (Saskatchewan and Manitoba).


Dr. Brenda Elias is a full professor in community health sciences in Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She is also former co-director and founding member of the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research.

Dr. Elias is the Director of the Bold Ideas Colloquium Series in community health sciences. She a research affiliate with the University of Manitoba Centre for Human Rights Research (CHRR) and is working with like-minded colleagues to advance health rights of populations.

In the community health sciences graduate program, she teaches core concepts in public health, health survey research methods and the social organization of health.



CIHR New Investigator Award 2006-2011


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Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada