Transformational Partnerships Beneficial to Business and the University
The University of Manitoba’s new Transformational Partnerships initiative is a world-leading approach that puts Intellectual Property (IP) into the hands of companies at the time collaborative research begins.
The initiative takes a bold approach to creating, protecting and developing IP. It’s a more flexible and nimble response to industry that helps companies move products to market more quickly.
The partnerships developed will strengthen the economy of our city, our province and move research beyond our borders for global benefit.
To learn more about Transformational Partnerships initiative, visit umanitoba.ca/partnerships
A Doctor, A Director
U of M Professor Appointed as Scientific Director
Internationally recognized rheumatologist Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy has an impressive repertoire of responsibilities at the U of M. He is a professor of medicine and immunology, a senior clinician scientist at the University of Manitoba, and now the new Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis.
Dr. El-Gabalawy’s research focuses on developing effective strategies for detecting and preventing lifelong progressive diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. He has published landmark studies on the causes of early arthritis, and recently established a unique First Nations cohort to study gene-environment interactions in the early phase of arthritis.
Research into complex and pervasive diseases is never easy, but when any cure could bring relief to millions, our researchers are always ready to take on a national role in addressing the challenges.
The Operating Chair
U of M Establishes First Ever Chair in Surgical Research
In 2013, the University of Manitoba announced the first ever chair in surgical research: the Thorlakson Chair. A $1.5-million donation by the Dr. Paul H.T. Thorlakson Foundation Fund established this chair, along with matching funds contributed by faculty members in the university’s Department of Surgery.
Dr. Richard Keijzer, assistant professor of Pediatric General Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine, and principal investigator at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health, was named the Thorlakson Chair in Surgical Research. The chair will help Dr. Keijzer further establish his independent research program and promote and strengthen research within the Department of Surgery.
The new chair will attract top clinical scientists to our university, thus improving surgical outcomes for patients everywhere.
Two of the Best
Two U of M Professors Nationally Recognized
In December 2012, two U of M professors received prestigious awards for the groundbreaking work they lead in their industries, organizations and community. Dr. Janice Ristock and Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg were named to the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.
Dr. Ristock, a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Vice-Provost of Academic Affairs, was recognized for her work on how gender and sexuality have changed society’s view of domestic abuse.
Dr. Rockman-Greenberg, a professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, and Biochemisty and Medical Genetics, and principal investigator at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health was recognized for identifying the importance of molecular medicine. She was the driving force behind the opening of the first lab in Winnipeg for the diagnosis of genetic disease with DNA testing.
While a Toronto-based organization selected the professors, their work draws the nation’s attention to Manitoba.