• Portrait of Lauren Kelly.
  • Associate professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Pharmacology and therapeutics
    417 - 753 McDermot Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0T6

    Phone: 204-272-3149
    Fax: 204-594-5394


Research summary

The Clinical Pharmacology Lab conducts research studies on pediatric and perinatal therapeutics, including cannabinoids (see medcannkids.ca) in children and opioid exposures during pregnancy. Our Lab members also conduct research on clinical trial methods, drug exposures in lactation and reporting in maternal-child health.

  • Research groups

  • Research interests

    • Cannabinoids
    • Neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome
    • Clinical trials


    • Cannabis
    • Clinical trials
    • Drug safety
    • Maternal-child health
    • Opioids
    • Pharmacovigilance
  • Research affiliations

    • Clinical trials director, Research Support Unit, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)
    • Clinical trialist, Clinical Trials Unit, George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI)


Dr. Lauren Kelly is an associate professor in pharmacology and therapeutics at the University of Manitoba

She is a scientist at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, certified clinical research professional and a clinical trialist at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation.

She received a PhD in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Western Ontario and completed two Post-doctoral Fellowships at the Hospital for Sick Children and at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

Dr. Kelly is the scientific director of the Canadian Collaborative for Childhood Cannabinoid Therapeutics, a pan-Canadian research platform that studies the safety of cannabis products used for medical purposes in the pediatric population.

Her program involves partnering with parents, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and policy makers to design and conduct a variety of clinical research studies.

  • Education

    Doctorate of Philosophy (pharmacology), Western University (2014)

    Masters of Science (toxicology), University of Birmingham (2009)

    Bachelor of Medical Sciences (pharmacology), Western University (2008)


  • Awards

    CIHR Cannabis Team Grant holder

    SickKids Foundation/CIHR Early Career Investigator Operating Grant (2020)

    Research Manitoba Early Career Investigator Operating Grant (2020)

    Early Career Investigator Award, International Pediatric Research Foundation (2018)

    Early Career Investigator Highlight for September Issue of Pediatric Research; Official Journal of the Society for Pediatric Research, American Pediatric Society and the European Society for Pediatric Research (2018)

    Exceptional trainee award, The Hospital for Sick Children (2015)

    Best Abstract Research in Breastfeeding, American Academy of Pediatrics (2013)

Contact us

Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Max Rady College of Medicine
A205 Chown Bldg., 753 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6 Canada